Friday, September 13, 2013

How To Edit Code With A Text Editor For Mac, iPhone, and iPad That Uses iCloud

TextasticWe live in the post-PC era, and if you’re doubting the sea change upon us, just check the sales figures for PCs and Macs in the past couple of years.

They’re going down, not up. That’s because we’ve begun to use our smartphones and tablets more and more, offloading some of the work that once was dedicated to our Macs and PCs.

Email, browsing, photo enhancement, and much more. Instead of buying a new Mac every few years, we now have a Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Even those of us who depend on the Mac for a living are not immune to the post-PC era changes. Taking text editors. Once purely the domain of the Mac (or PC), text editors were how we with the geek gene worked.

I’ve long been wanting to have a mobile text editor that synchronized files between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Here it is. It’s called Textastic. There’s a version for Mac, iPhone, and iPad that syncs files to iCloud.

What’s it look like on the Mac? A text editor. And a good one.


Textastic is rather typical as far as text editors go. It features syntax highlighting for dozens of source code and markup languages, as well as code completion for HTML, JavaScript, CSS, C, Objective-C, and PHP.

My favorite features include tabs and folder navigation in the sidebar.

Textastic Tabs

Textastic adheres to Mac functions we all know and love, including iCloud document sync (great for iPhone and iPad versions of Textastic), as well as auto save and versions.

Anyone who uses a text editor has a favorite or two, but this is the first decent Mac editor I’ve used with iPhone and iPad versions that work in a similar manner and sync via iCloud.