Aptana Studio review

Open source web development with plug-in support for everything you could possibly need

Aptana Studio
Aptana Studio is one of the best web design packages available and its free

TechRadar Verdict

A well designed and flexible piece of web design software


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    Extensive plug-in support

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    No HTML design window

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At the top of the current heap of free web design software we find Aptana Studio 1.2.1.

Created by a company with commercial interests, it combines the slickness of an off-the-shelf tool with the benefits of open source.

The open-source community serves coders better than designers, with free tools that can handle HTML, CSS and JavaScript readily available.

Aimed at Web 2.0 coders, Aptana handles web scripting easily, with features for advanced application development such as Ruby on Rails, Adobe AIR and iPhone support through free plug-ins.

Based on the open-source Eclipse IDE, Aptana comes in both commercial and 'community' versions. It's the latter that we recommend.

Eclipse is well-known in the open source community as a tool to be trusted. Adobe uses it as the foundation of Flex Builder – the tool used to develop server side Flash applications.

With plug-in support for every scripting language you'll ever need, Aptana Studio is the clear choice for coders. If it had a visual HTML design window, we'd give it 6 out of 5.