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Hammer is a great way of building out HTML websites. With features including HTML includes, SASS and Coffeescript parsing and Clever Paths, Hammer is an indispensable tool!
• HTML Includes
Front-end developers shouldn't have to run local server environments, or use PHP just to put one HTML file inside another. With Hammer, you don't have to.
• Clever Paths
Wouldn't it be great if you could just reference an asset by name? Hammer will search your project for the file you reference, and write the file-path for you automagically.
• Variables + Helpers
Set and use variables in your template files and bend your templates to your will. Hammer also adds helpful classes to your HTML link tags, making menu logic a thing of the past.
• Auto Reload
Every time Hammer finishes compiling your project, it automatically refreshes your browser to show your latest changes and keep things up-to-date.
• SASS + CoffeeScript
• HAML and Markdown
Hammer compiles HAML and Markdown files to HTML for you.
• Publish Builds
With Hammer's one-click publishing, you can share your work using a unique short URL. Show your clients, get feedback, then iterate quickly and easily.
What's New in Version 1.6.12
• Fix for "Open in Terminal" which sometimes crashed
• "X minutes ago" build time indicator
• Visual fixes for retina
Powerful tool uses to much power and starting to lag
I really wish I could give this app 5 stars but I am experiencing performance issues and this app is becoming a huge power drain. If the developers could work in the future to make this application even more efficient, I would be extremely grateful, however for the time being, I am experiencing my ~70MB site take forever to build, and it’s not very complex, just a lot of images. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to take advantage of the technologies in Mavericks to save power.
Update: I think Hammer is also causing huge memory leaks in Ruby. I have no solid evidence other than the fact that it is the only Ruby-based app that I start and Ruby’s memory usage is at 1.5GB.
Great features, CPU heavy and power drain
I often find that my 2013 summer Macbook Air 13” loses close to 3 hours of battery life when running hammer, even if it isn’t actively compiling a project. It seems to be very CPU and battery intense. For most of my work I’m plugged into a charger but when I’m traveling this can get frustrating.
I’ve also noticed some differences between the output of whatever Hammer uses to compile coffeescript files and the output of standard coffeescript compiler for the same files.
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