I have created a special installer for Apple, that will install all of the amazing plugins to enhance your experience (e.g. color picker, auto file path detection, autocompletion, and much more).
Steps to Install
- Step 1: Download the Atom Batman Edition Disk Image
- Step 2: After downloading, double click the disk image to open the installer
- Step 3: *Double-click on the Batman Icon to run the installer
- Step 4: Optional: Copy the Atom app to your Applications folder.
- Step 5: Double-click on the Atom application to open the app.
- Step 1: Open your Mac System Preferences / Security & Privacy / General
- Step 2: Unlock the lock in the lower left
- Step 3: Choose the radio button: "Anywhere, " and agree to the warning
- Step 4: After running the Batman Installer, repeat the above steps and choose your original security option. Don't forget to lock the lock when you are done.
Art Institute: Required Installer on Thumb Drive
The iMacs we are using are reset each week. Therefore, you will need to run the installer at the beginning of each class (or use a personal laptop). In the interest of time (the sooner we start, the sooner we finish), you are required to have a thumb drive with the Atom Batman Installer so you can plugin, install, and set yourself up to win.
Unfortunately it is beyond my skill to create an installer for Windows. If someone in the community is willing to create one for us, that would be awesome. Until then, you will need to manually install plugins.
Option 1: Overwriting Existing Preferences With Mine (fastest)
- Step 1: Download my Windows-Atom-Mitch.zip preferences file
- Step 2: Extract the Windows-Atom-Mitch.zip contents, you will end up with a .atom folder
- Step 3: Place the .atom folder in your user folder
- The Location should be: C:\Users\username\.atom ( where username is your Windows username, mine is Meatch e.g. C:\Users\Meatch\.atom )
- Note: You may have to write over the existing .atom if you had a prior installation of Atom
- Step 4: Download and run the installer for Atom
When you open Atom, you should now have the Packages, Snippets, and Keymap from my settings.
Option 2: Manual Installation (Time Consuming)
If you can't get option 1 installation working, I would suggest doing the following.
- Step 1: Download and run the installer for Atom
- Step 2: After successul installation, Open Atom.
- Step 3: Open Settings (Control + ,)
- Step 4: Choose Install in left navigation
- Step 5: Under Search Packages, type and install each of the following Awesome Atom Plugins:
Awesome Atom Plugins
Snippets are a great way to automate common pieces of code through custom shortcuts. I have developed many over the years, and ported them over to Atom. So if you would like to use my snippets:
- Step 1: Download and extract the Snippets.zip zip.
- Step 2: Select all, and copy to the clipboard.
- Step 3: Choose Snippets from the File menu to edit it.
- Step 4: Select all, and paste the contents of the clipboard
- Step 5: Hit save, and now you can start using my snippets library.
for more on how to create and manage snippets, check out this Sitepoint article.
Install Google Chrome
- Download and install from Google Chrome
Why Google Chrome?
While it's important that you test in all the common web browsers, for the sake of common ground I will be using Google Chrome to teach the concepts covered throughout each course. To enhance your learning experience its required that you download and use Google Chrome for the duration of my classes.
Install Google Chrome Plugins
The following are plugins that I use in Google Chrome to provide additional functionality (e.g. guides, screenshots).
- Download and install from MAMP
There are server side technologies that make it easier for you to manage your website. In order to test these technologies out, you need to turn your computer into a Web Server. You could manually install these technologies one at a time (e.g. Apache the Web Server, MySQL the Database, and PHP the scripting language) - but MAMP makes it so easy to do it all in one. There are other all in one solutions, however, MAMP has always been the easiest to configure - and given that it is now cross platform (Windows and MAC), it is the best solution to teach from.
MAMP used to stand for Mac Apache MySQL and PHP, but they now have a windows version - so the first M is no longer as valid.