Textastic 3.0 Code Editor for iPad Adds TextMate-Compatible Highlighter

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[prMac.com] Bad Kissingen, Germany - Independent iOS developer Alexander Blach today is pleased to announce Textastic 3.0 for iPad, a major update to his code editor for programmers and web developers. Textastic 3.0 introduces a completely rewritten syntax highlighting engine and text editor and is now compatible with TextMate syntax definitions and themes. The ability to add your own custom syntax files allows you to add support for your favorite programming and markup languages.

Using the new symbol list you can quickly navigate your documents. For example, Textastic can display a searchable list of function names and classes for programming languages. It also finds headers in Markdown files, or IDs in HTML files. The editor now supports nested syntaxes, so it can detect JavaScript inside an HTML section in a PHP file.

Another often requested feature that is now part of the app is the list of recently used files you can bring up by tapping on the current file name. This allows you to quickly switch between files that are stored in different folders.

The new version supports an even larger set of character encodings than previous versions - notably DOS encodings. Japanese text and other wide characters are now displayed correctly.

The app now also supports IPv6 for (S)FTP and fixes some issues for WebDAV and FTPS connections.

Feature Highlights:
* Syntax highlighting of more than 80 different types of files while typing: HTML, XML, Objective-C, C , PHP, Perl, Python, SQL, JavaScript, CSS, shell scripts, etc.
* Compatible with TextMate syntax definitions and themes
* FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), SFTP (SSH connection), WebDAV, iDisk and Dropbox clients
* WebDAV server
* Custom cursor navigation wheel to quickly change the text selection
* Local web preview for HTML and Markdown files
* Displays scrollable extra row of keys over the on-screen virtual keyboard, making it easy to type characters commonly used while programming
* Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file
* Supports most encodings, including UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, and MacRoman
* Fast visual find and replace
* Supports different tab widths
* User-selectable fonts and font sizes
* File information, such as character count and word count
* Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
* Rename, copy, and move files and folders
* Send files as email attachments
* Send HTML and Markdown files as HTML email
* In-app, fully illustrated instruction manual

Language Support:
* US English, German

Device Requirements:
* iPad compatible
* iOS 4.2 or later
* 4.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Textastic 3.0 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 several of Apple's iPad TV commercials 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.