What is Nova?
If we're being honest, Mac apps are a bit of a lost art.
There are great reasons to make cross-platform apps — to start, they're cross-platform — but it's just not who we are. Founded as a Mac software company in 1997, our joy at Panic comes from building things that feel truly, well, Mac-like.
Long ago, we created Coda, an all-in-one Mac web editor that broke new ground. But when we started work on Nova, we looked at where the web was today, and where we needed to be. It was time for a fresh start.
It's new, hyper-fast, and flexible, with all the features you want: smart autocomplete, multiple cursors, a Minimap, editor overscroll, tag pairs and brackets, and way, way more.
It's also very expandable, with a robust API and a built-in extension browser.
(Here's a little editor story for fun. During beta we found some bugs in Apple's text layout engine that we just could not fix. Our solution? Writing our own text layout manager… from scratch. Not only did this fix the bugs, but it also boosted our editor's performance. We're not messing around!)
But even the best text engine in the world means nothing unless you actually enjoy spending your time in the app. So, how does Nova look?
You can make Nova look exactly the way you want, while still feeling Mac-like. Bright, dark, cyberpunk, it's all you. Plus, themes are CSS-like and easy to write. Nova can even automatically change your theme when your Mac switches from light to dark mode.
Comments and Reviews
Recent user activities on Nova
- added Dark Mode as a feature to Novata
- liked Novata
- Upvoted a comment on Nova
The best text editor I've found for Mac. The FTP support is great, and there are plugins for every language you can think of. Unfortunately, the price tag is quite high, and despite that it's not a buy once, update forever scenario.