Textastic is a text, code and markup editor for iPad and iPhone with rich support for syntax highlighting, FTP, SFTP and Dropbox. It will continue to be actively developed to provide you with the features you need to get your work done.

In order to achieve this, we would appreciate any and all feedback on challenges encountered when using Textastic.

Please also have a look at the manual.

Be sure to vote for the features you want to see implemented!

Creating a file on dropbox

Robert Colvin 3 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 2
Hi! maybe i missed this one, but is it possible to create a new file on dropbox or do you have to create the flie externally and then open it in dropbox?

Run javascript files

Austin Koziol 4 years ago in General 0
Coders should be able to run and test their javascript files so they can swiftly find bugs and debug the code.
Under review

Ability to download file from website

Billy Moon 4 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1
I would love to have an easy way to save files from the internet into the editor. Perhaps when making a new file in textastic, have a `loaded from url` field, which downloads the content from the web before opening the new file.

I would use this feature most with cdnjs, and it would be useful for github also.
Under review

Fortran syntax highlighting of comments is bogus

Luc Bourhis 4 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 4

In Fortran, any line starting with a star is a comment line. Textastic does not honour that as exemplified by the following example.

Note how Fortran keywords are highlighted, clearly showing Textastic believes this is regular code instead of a comment block. It gets however worse the comment features one lone single quote:

Textastic believes that the single quote starts a string and it highlights everything following it as a string. Not shown on this picture but the string highlighting only stops at the very end of the file about 300 lines further down!

As a result, Textatic Fortran syntax highlighting is unusable in practice.

Under review

Textastic already has a Move: add ability to move to iCloud!

fjpoblam 3 years ago in General • updated 3 years ago 5
I've purchased Textastic for all my Apple devices—iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini, and MacBook Pro. It'd certainly be nice, on the go, to be able to use the advantage of iCloud to update my many files "in unison" without having to FTP-download updates to locally-stored files! I'd move all those local files to iCloud. However, currently, I see Move, but I see no way to specify iCloud as the target. Add it!

Are JSHint TextMate bundles supported?

Maurice Zoliker 4 years ago in General • updated 4 years ago 2
I was searching how to add JSHint support to Textastic, and wondered if those TextMate bundles are/may/will be supported in Textastic:(from http://www.jshint.com/install/):
- https://github.com/natesilva/jshint-external.tmbun...
Thanks for your insight!
Kind regards,

Support for Microcontrollers Pic and AVR

Brandon Ruiz Vasquez 4 years ago in General 0
The C and assembly Languages work great, but it would be nice to have support for libraries from Microcontrollers. I've never seen that in the AppStore so you'll be the first one to have this feature.
Under review

J Query

Mark Barbaric 4 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1
Hi Guys,

I was just wondering what is the best way to load J Query onto websites I am working on in Textastic. I have heard that a specific file is needed to compensate for lack of mouse when coding on an iPad or iPhone. Otherwise I think that the app is brilliant.



Under review

HTML tags parsed and interpreted even in inline scripts

Omar Reidgrai 2 years ago in General • updated 2 years ago 4

I have found a bug where html tags are interpreted within inline javascript and php, when they should be ignored. This is problematic if you have any closing tags contained in an inline script.

For example:

Because the script closing tag in the string is interpreted , it will close the script tag early, and break the rest of the code as well as writing it all over the document. This can quite easily be countered by escaping the closing tag with a backslash, but that is inconvenient when dealing with large inline scripts.

Under review

Device Rotation causes incorrect scrolling

Steven Lu 3 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 2
This is mainly an issue with large files.

When device rotation occurs, the page position changes due to many lines becoming wrapped (or unwrapped). This in itself isn't a horrible problem, but what tends to happen is this: 

I am at line 5500, the file is 6200 lines. 

I rotate to portrait. It pegs me at the bottom of the file. This clamps the y-offset.

Now I rotate back to portrait in hopes of returning to line 5500. I am dropped off around line 4000.

This is... not... ideal. 

One great way to fix BOTH issues is to check the line# and return me to that position upon device rotation. 

Note also that having a cursor present will prevent this issue (which is probably why this has not been reported yet). However having a cursor makes over 1/3 of the screen consumed by a keyboard so I *ensure* the keyboard is put away when I use Textastic to read code (as it's hardly practical to do actual coding), but it causes this issue every time (when i am near the bottom of a file).

So since I am JB'd i would use tweaks that let me force specific apps to be portrait-locked, but it's just not ideal because sometimes I do need to go landscape when the line wrapping gets to be overwhelming.