We’ve been surprised by the adoption of the the iPad with programmers, web designers and webmasters over the past eight months. Many first speculated the iPad would be used more to consume content rather than create but that has quickly been proven wrong. With the iPad’s great portability and long battery life, many programmers and creative professionals have now adopted the device as one of thier daily work tools with the explosion of useful productivity apps like Textastic.
The app supports four font types, two serif and two san-serif, and adjusts font sizes from a tiny six point to a bold 30 point size. Textastic has several time saving features like auto-indent, different tab widths, incremental search and user defined column wrap. Textastic supports working in both landscape and portrait orientation so it works great using an iPad keyboard dock in portrait mode or working in landscape mode using the app’s built in virtual keyboard. The app’s features are completely user adjustable and allow you to create a workspace that’s tailored to the way you work.
In addition to flexibility, Textastic focuses on speed. The app is completely written in Objective-C and makes the most of the iPad’s fast 1GHz CPU to give users a fast text editing tool. We worked with several long and involved projects in the App and both editing and search functions were very quick.
Once you’re done working on your code, you can export it to another device. Users can simply e-mail their finished documents, use iTunes File Sharing or transfer via WiFi using the apps built-in WebDAV server to import or export documents.
Textastic is a great app for anyone that likes to code on their iPad. The app’s lightweight design, customization options and speed all add up to make it a must-have app for iPad programmers, web designers or webmasters. Textastic is available in the App Store for $4.99.