In the post-PC era and the age of mobile devices, text editors just haven’t caught up. Until Textastic, a very useful, affordable, and capable text editor that lives comfortably on all three of Apple’s devices.
Edit Here, There, Everywhere
Much of my editing is done on the Mac, partly because I love the Mac’s keyboard, and partly because there are few decent text editors available for iPhone or iPad.
Textastic aims to change that with an elegant, fast, and multi-platform text, code, and markup editor that is also affordable.
As it is with most of us who code anything, we have our favorite text editors, so leaving behind the tried and true for something new is an elongated effort.
Textastic helps the transition because it’s a comfortable and familiar editor on the Mac, but also syncs files via iCloud to iPhone and iPad, and there’s a Textastic app for iOS, too.
What’s it look like? A Mac text editor, familiar to all, but also affordable.
Files can be opened in tabs for viewing mulitple documents, and navigating files is easy by using the Sidebar file and folder tool.
As you’d expect from a good Mac app citizen, Textastic features auto save, fullscreen, and versions. I’m big on BBEdit for major projects, but more of my work these days is handled by iPhone and iPad, so having an editor that’s friendly across the board, and Mac centric is a plus.
I’ll call it a lightweight bargain code editor but if you’re using Mac, iPhone, and iPad, this is the text editor to use. It’s interesting to note the migration here. Textastic started as an iOS app and came to the Mac only recently.