Textastic Code Editor for iPad
By Alexander Blach
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Textastic is a fast and versatile text, code and markup editor. It supports syntax highlighting of more than 80 programming and markup languages. Connect to FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers or to your Dropbox account. Use the built-in WebDAV server to easily transfer files from your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.
It's the perfect app to view and edit your website and source code files at home, in the office or on the road.
• Syntax highlighting of more than 80 languages:
• Compatible with TextMate syntax definitions and themes
• FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), SFTP (SSH connection), WebDAV and Dropbox clients
• WebDAV server
• Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file
• Full keyboard dock and bluetooth keyboard support
• Displays additional keys over the virtual keyboard to make it easy to type characters often used for programming
• Cursor navigation wheel for easy text selection
• Supports most encodings like UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, CP 1251 or MacRoman
• Supports different tab widths and soft tabs (spaces instead of tabs)
• Customizable font and font sizes
• Undo & Redo
• Find & Replace (including regular expression search)
• File information like character count and word count
• Send files by email
• Local and remote web preview for HTML and Markdown files
• Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
Textastic supports several ways to import your files:
• Connect to (S)FTP and WebDAV servers or Dropbox
• By using "Open In" in other apps
• Over Wi-Fi with the built-in WebDAV server
• Over USB via iTunes File Sharing
Don't hesitate to tell me the features you want to see in the next version!
What's New in Version 5.0
• new user interface designed to match iOS 7
• added syntax definitions for Arduino, Batch files, Clojure, Fountain, and Go
• UI themes: blue, gray, and black
• dark keyboard support
• new external keyboard shortcuts:
- Cmd-N: create new file/folder
- Cmd-F: toggle find/replace
- Cmd-W: close current file
- Alt-Cmd-P: toggle preview
- Alt-Cmd-I: toggle file properties popover
- Alt-Cmd-T: toggle symbol list popover
- Alt-Cmd-Up Arrow: upload current file
- Alt-Cmd-Down Arrow: download current file
- Cmd-I: toggle italics (works in Markdown and HTML files)
- Cmd-B: toggle boldface (works in Markdown and HTML files)
- Cmd-U: toggle underline (works in HTML files)
• redesigned theme selection:
- There's now a preview image on the left side of each theme. This is generated on demand using the current font settings and also works with custom themes.
- Changed sort order: light themes are now displayed before dark themes.
• added an option to hide the column/line information
• Textastic now clears the url cache when the application starts. This allows you to clear outdated server responses when using the remote preview feature by restarting the app.
• updated TextExpander SDK - you can now refresh snippets from the settings screen
• updated Dropbox SDK
• fixed a regular expression search issue when searching for escaped strings like "\n"
• fixed crashes that could happen when a hardware keyboard is used
• fixed VoiceOver issues
• fixed line ending issues when sending text files as an email attachment
• many, many other minor bug fixes
Mediocre multimarkdown support
I purchased Textastic, a rather expensive editor as apps go, after reading an online reviewer gushing over how well it handled Markdown and Multimarkdown. Alas, it doesn’t render multimarkdown tables correctly (it doesn’t support column spanning), which is a key feature for me.
If you’re a coder in a well-defined programming language that is on the developer’s radar screen, you’ll do just fine. This is a wonderfully rich program. But if there are such glaring deficiencies in the multimarkdown preview, I don’t know how much confidence I’d have in the rest of the program.
Was once the best iPad text editor...
Now it's just the best iPad app of any kind.
If every app I use were half as good as this I would ditch my laptop and work exclusively on the iPad. Apple should be using Textastic as the yardstick by which their in-house good-but-not-perfect apps are measured
Worth every penny and more.
Beautiful, fast, and surprisingly capable editor.
Syntax highlighting, a great extended custom keyboard row for fast editing, theme-compatibility with textmate themes, remote server connections, and much more.
Dev is incredibly responsive.
Only thing I'd like to see added is git/github support!