Affirmative: programs like Coda or Dreamweaver are the way to go for extensive template development.
I use Dreamweaver with the built-in ftp client, that uploads directly to the pivotx server. Takes some time to configure, but saves a lot of time when you've got it running.
I am considering a switch to Coda, because my version of Dreamweaver does not support LESS or SASS - but that's another story.
Evert Albers, Streeff - web // branding // information design - Amersfoort & Amsterdam, NL