By Healing Hand Software
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There are many text editors and note taking applications for the iPad, but there always seems to be something missing.
•Why can't I number headings? Or lists? What about sorting lists?
•Why can't I paste my text into different cells in a spreadsheet?
•How about a word count?
•Why can't I search and replace?
•I need to know what the differences are between documents. Why can’t I do that?
I'm going to have to email the file to my desktop to get that done.
Handy Text lets you do all these things and more on your iPad. Simply copy the text in your note taking app or text editor into the clipboard, and paste it into one of Handy Text's 5 text memories, and access HandyText’s power with a single click.
From the Home screen:
* Paste or append text into one of 5 memories.
* Access characters such as # with single click.
* Search for text using regular expressions.
* Access 10 macro text memories.
* Send it to other applications as a CSV file.
* Send to email.
* Access the support website.
* Go into link mode and click web addresses, telephone number and contacts etc
Apply block operations to any of the 5 memories from the Tools screen:
•Sort text in ascending or descending order.
•Eliminate duplicate lines.
* Search and replace text.
* Split text into lines by matching any target string in the text (eg comma or tab)
* Join lines of text into records separated by any text string you like.
* Label and/or number lines.
* Number markdown headings.
* Copy columns of text separated by any character you like.
* Number multi-layer mark down headings.
* Turn comma separated text records into a markdown table.
From the Analysis screen:
** See words listed by frequency or length. Copy either table to clipboard.
Count the number of words, sentences and lines.
* Evaluate a fog index to see how complex the text is.
* Select text by word, line or sentence.
* Do regular expression searches and copy the results to the clipboard.
From the Compare screen:
•Compare the text in the different memories.
•Identify which lines are common to both text memories.
•Identify which lines exist only in each memory.
What's New in Version 2.1
* You can now compare text by words, lines and sentences
* Tools and macros are now available on the main screen
* Analysis screen now handles multiple memories properly.
* Sentence recognition has been improved.
* Resolved thread management issues.
As the developer says, none of the text editors seem to easily do simple tasks such as sorting text. This works well, and doesn't force you to make it your main text editor. When you are done, you can open the document in any of your text editors (drafts, textastic, pages) as well as Evernote or Dropbox. Well worth the price. Should have charged more.
It apparently stores files in one of five buffers. You can open them up in say something like Textastic. I like the built in regex tool.