Change of Hands

Espresso found a new home


Pete here. First let me say I'm deeply sorry for the radio silence, and further, for the lack of customer support over the past year. I will keep it short – and this is no excuse, but rather a well-deserved explanation: I was struck ill unexpectedly and thus have been unable to fulfil my Espresso duties. I am sorry for the lack of communication on this matter.

I do have some good news, however: Espresso will not fade away! I found a great new home for it with Matthew Drayton. You may know him from his work on the amazing FTP app, Interarchy.

We are in the process of transferring all things Espresso over to him now. He has some exciting plans, and I can't wait to see how the app evolves under his ownership!

That is all for now. Thanks for reading, and happy belated 2020 :)


Written on 25 February, 2020

Espresso for Sale

Looking for a new owner!

As of today, Espresso is for sale (along with rights to the discontinued sister product, CSSEdit).

If you are wondering “Why?”, the short answer is that the project requires more care and dedication than I can currently give it. This has been a hard decision for me to make, but ultimately I want what's best for the app and its users.

So this means I am looking for a new and enthusiastic owner who will be able to give Espresso all the attention it deserves and ensure it has a long and fruitful life. Does this sound like you? If so, or even if you just have questions or concerns or would like to know more, please send an email to


Written on 20 April, 2019

Mojave Beta Support

Fire up those updaters!

A bug-fix update that adds support for macOS 10.14 was just pushed. Thanks again to all those early testers, and my sincerest apologizes to those of you who have been living in the Mojave betas, for as you clearly know, Espresso was unusable thanks to some nasty crashers.

Also, please note that while this update fixes those critical issues, it does not yet add support for Mojave's Dark Mode. Don't worry, I'm currently working to make Espresso really shine there, but it is going to take a little more time.

Thanks for your patience, and I hope you enjoy using Espresso in the Mojave betas!

Written on 3 September, 2018

Update Bulletin № 5.2

The first Warewolf edition!

This is way overdue, but I'm happy to say the first Warewolf update has arrived: Espresso 5.2! I will spare you the gory details, but lets just say that transitioning an app from one owner to another has been a bit more work than I originally thought. 🤪

So whats new?


Xray Panel

I heard a lot of you saying that the extra click required each time you wanted to see applied styles in the Xray panel was a real drag. I agree, and so it has been redesigned to expand (and stay that way) when an element is selected – just like it did in Espresso 2.

Xray also now shows all applied styles for the selected element while in the corresponding stylesheet. You can also quickly jump back to the preview window/tab via the "Back to Preview" button.

Searching your documents and projects has also been improved with integrated document find + Navigator filtering, and better Quick Open suggestion organization that make it easier to distinguish between suggestions, files and actions. (By the way, did you know you can jump to line numbers via Quick Open?)

Quick Open

For a complete list of additions, improvements and fixes, make sure to check out the release notes.


A lot of you have been sending in feedback (OK, crash reports) about using Espresso on the beta versions of macOS Mojave. First of all, thanks for testing and and sending in the reports, and most importantly thanks for your patience and understanding! I haven't been able to move as fast as I would like, but rest assured fixes are in flight and an update will be coming soon. (For the curious: the newly introduced dark mode brought with it some system changes that don't play so nicely with Espresso's menus and sidebars ... basically anything that is semi-transparent!)

Available on Setapp

Now in addition to buying a license directly, you can also get Espresso through Setapp! If you haven't heard of it already, Setapp is a subscription service ran by the team at MacPaw that gets you immediate access to a hand-picked set of great macOS apps like RapidWeaver, Ulysses, Paw and Expressions (just to name a few that might help with your web development).

I'm really happy to be able to offer options when it comes to buying and using Espresso, and no matter which way you choose to go, you will be getting the exact same app!

New License Agreement & Privacy Policy

In my first blog post, I mentioned that running a business is new to me, and that is because Warewolf was created for the sole purpose of taking over and working on Espresso. And as many of you may know, with company-creation also comes legal requirements, thus I present to you a new license agreement and privacy policy. Isn't that exciting?

Terms and policies weren't the only legal challenges I faced when starting Warewolf, so I'm painfully aware of how difficult it is to understand legalese, and thus I really wanted both of these documents to be in plain English. Unfortunately only the privacy policy is written as such, as I was strongly advised to not write the end user license agreement myself. 🙂

If you have any questions or concerns about either of these, please feel free to shoot me an email.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and have a great Thursday!


Written on 30 August, 2018

Warewolf Devours MacRabbit

…but Espresso lives on!

Hi all,

I have some exciting news to share today: Espresso (with CSSEdit inside) has changed paws from MacRabbit to Warewolf! But wait. Who am I, what is Warewolf and what does all this mean to you? Glad you asked!

My name is Pete, and it's nice to meet you. I'm a longtime Espresso/CSSEdit user and friend of Jan's, and I'm absolutely over the moon to carry the torch and keep a good thing like Espresso going (can you believe it has been around for almost 10 years)! I'm passionate about Apple platforms, beautifully crafted native software, the indie, view-source web and learning by doing. Away from the computer I'm a husband, a father and a lover of the wild!

Warewolf is my Mac and iOS one-man shop (with some help from my wife and daughter). It is an independent business by choice and principle, and it's here for the long haul. Espresso is also our one and only app, which means it will be getting the attention it deserves. For years it has been a trusted companion in your dock (mine included) and I intend to keep it that way.

Which brings me to what this all means to you. It's simple, really:

  1. Espresso will live on,
  2. Both you and the app will be getting a lot more attention,
  3. And a lot of cool stuff is in the pipeline!

Jan and I are still in the process of transitioning things, so stay tuned to this blog and Twitter for more updates. Also, I'm learning. Making great software is in my blood but all of this running-a-business business is new, so bear with me :) I look forward to sharing what I learn, and traveling this road together.

Lastly, I'm really happy to be here. Please feel free to reach out to pete at if you have questions, concerns, ideas, or just want to share a cool thing you've made!


P.S. No rabbits or any other animals were harmed in this transition. Norbert still says hello.

Written on 10 May, 2018

Espresso 5.x

Updates and licenses are going back to the traditional model.

For the new Espresso, we changed our versioning and licensing approach with more consistent pricing and a simpler development timeline: “X+1”. Each new update would increase its version number, users would decide which update was actually major to them and purchase upgrades accordingly. We're abandoning this system and going back to the traditional way of doing things: X.y.z updates where a new X means paid upgrade.

Why? While the new features got overwhelmingly positive reactions, the response to the version and licensing approach was borderline feral. Espresso never switched to an expiring subscription model, but it was declared so nevertheless. We still believe traditional version numbers are mostly arbitrary instruments of marketing, but it's more productive to switch back. We want to make an app, not defend against opinions having little to do with our own approach. If anything, we've learned that developers might as well implement a restrictive subscription when you deviate from 30 year old practices — you're gonna get hate mail either way.

Where does that leave things? Espresso will continue its life as 5.x, with the next minor update now in beta. Everyone who purchased so far will get exactly what we sold: a year of free, non-expiring updates. That probably means Espresso 6 is at least a year away (if not, we'll compensate some other way). Every new sale falls under the traditional system: free updates within the 5.x cycle, 6.x becoming a paid upgrade.

TL;DR: not much changed for users, except that we can get back to spending more time on good improvements instead of epic email battles about imagined injustices.

Written on 28 June, 2017

Re+Defining Espresso

Say hello to the new Espresso, our biggest update ever.

The Web is a big, beautiful mess. In this brand new iteration, Espresso becomes a big, beautiful app again. Our original internal mission statement was “CSSEdit for everything”. At some point, all the other things that go into making a web editor had us lose sight of the fact that this must start with being a fantastically useful styling tool. With Espresso v3, we think we’re back on track.

The gorgeously redesigned Espresso introduces a host of new features. Some of our favorites:

There's more in this radically re-engineered release. We hope you thoroughly enjoy it. When you try Espresso, a Welcome project will get you started with the new stuff. Let us know what you think!

Written on 30 March, 2017