Now that the Whisk 2.0 beta has started, I found myself reminiscing about the long history of the app. It is hard to believe I’ve been working on it for over 16 years - the app is old enough to get a driver’s license!
I loved being able to experiment with snippets of HTML, and thought others may find it useful too. From there, I worked to make it a more usable editor and released the first HyperEdit beta a few months later. With encouragement (and some donations) from that early group of beta testers, I was able to bring it to 1.0 a little less than a year later.
I made a few updates, but HyperEdit frequently was placed on the back burner while I was working at Apple and focusing on Hype. During this time sales continued and I personally still used the app. HyperEdit did end up being useful in Hype’s development: the syntax highlighting code editor is the same code between both apps!
Eventually the need to take HyperEdit out of the attic grew, so a few months ago I began the 2.0 effort. Now the relationship between Hype and HyperEdit flows in reverse - one of the main goals is to bring all of modern the app features around Hype to HyperEdit! Along with making it look as if the two apps belong to the same family, I updated the codebase to use more modern technologies and conventions. As the 1.x versions stood the test of time for over 15 years, I am hopeful this will also be built to last.
So that’s where we stand today. My goal is to work on any beta feedback as folks use Whisk over the next few weeks, and release 2.0 in early January.