January 14, 2011 in Productivity (E)
Possibly the greatest timesaving innovation in text editing of source code, syntax highlighting is a form of secondary notation. The special fonts and colors have no affect on the code itself, but improve readability significantly, enabling the programmer to much more easily scan, revise, and debug. From the Settings menu the user can choose from five fonts, two serif, and three sans serif. Also, font size is continuously adjustable (6 point to 30 point), and text may be displayed in portrait or landscape mode. Tab width and column wrap width are user definable, and there is an optional fourth row of keys on the virtual, on-screen keyboard (parentheses, curly brackets, angle brackets, brackets, and slashes). Also supported is SmileOnMyMac's TextExpander, which allows the user to type short abbreviations that are automatically expanded into any text desired.
The major addition in Version 2.0 of Textastic is Dropbox and FTP support. Previously, transfering files required users of the app to rely on its integrated connectivity options, including a built-in WebDAV server (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Mac or PC networking, iTunes file sharing, email, and opening files from other applications, such as GoodReader. Now, with Dropbox and FTP support, the user can conveniently connect to remote file servers directly from within the app. It is no longer necessary that both the computer and iPad be running, or that the user do file transfers manually via USB or WiFi.
* Full on-screen virtual keyboard, keyboard dock and Bluetooth keyboard support
* Displays additional row of keys over the on-screen virtual keyboard, making it easy to type characters often used for programming
* Supports most encodings, including UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, and MacRoman
* Upload and download files from any Dropbox account
* Upload and download files from any FTP server
* Find and replace also allows search and replace of newline or tab characters
* Supports different tab widths
* User-selectable fonts and font sizes
* Copy & Paste
* Undo & Redo
* Incremental search
* File information, such as character count and word count
* Send files by email
* Local web preview for HTML files
* Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
* Supports iOS 4 multitasking, and fast switching between apps
* Rename, copy, and move files and folders
* Web preview for markdown files
* Send HTML and markdown files as HTML email
* Supports multitasking/fast app switching
* Select a line by tapping on the line number
* Read-only mode
* Settings for auto-correction and auto-capitalization
* Import/Export over USB via iTunes File Sharing
* Import/Export files from other apps using "Open In" iPad command
* Import/Export via Wi-Fi using the built-in WebDAV server
* In-app, 32 page, fully illustrated instruction manual
In addition to its versatility, Textastic 2.0 is 100% Objective-C based, and provides outstanding performance running on iPad's 1GHz A4 processor. Particularly evident during interactive search, the text editor is quick and responsive. The enhanced find and replace function now permits the user to search for and replace newline or tab characters (by searching for "\n" and "\t"). Also new is support for markdown web preview, and emailing of markdown files in HTML format. The new, optional read-only mode allows users to just browse source code files without accidentally changing them, and the optional auto-correction setting is especially useful when making notations or editing markdown files.
"There is no more convenient or user-friendly device for storing or reading text than iPad," stated developer Alexander Blach. "Because you can browse or edit text anytime, anywhere, the iPad makes an ideal text editor. Now, Textastic with newly added Dropbox and FTP support allows programmers and developers to share in the joy of iPad."
* US English and German
* iPad compatible
* iOS 4.2 or later
* 3.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Textastic 2.0 for iPad is $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Bad Kissingen, Germany, Alexander Blach is an independent software developer for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. In addition to Textastic, he also developed the very popular iPad app series "The Photo Cookbook" that was featured in Apple's TV commercial "iPad is Delicious", and the popular German cooking app, "Rezepte". Copyright (C) 2011 Alexander Blach. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.