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Bad Kissingen, Germany – Independent developer Alexander Blach today is pleased to announce Textastic 2.1 for iPad, an update to his plain text editor for developers and webmasters featuring syntax highlighting. Textastic for iPad 2.1 introduces support for SFTP (SSH) and FTPS (FTP over SSL), more FTP settings, plus an enhanced choice of special characters on the additional keyboard row. The app is compatible with more than 80 programming and markup languages, including HTML, CSS, XML, Objective-C, C#, PHP, Perl, Python, SQL, JavaScript, Tex, Pascal, Ruby, Scala, VB, shell scripts, etc.

The already impressive list of Textastic network connectivity options is now extended with SFTP and FTPS support. The new SFTP client supports user/password as well as public key authentication. It allows network administrators, developers and other IT people to connect to any FTP/FTPS or SFTP/SSH enabled web server, download and upload their files and edit them conveniently in an iPad app rivaling the performance and comfort of similar desktop applications.

This version also allows you to choose between active and passive FTP connection mode and lets you specify the connection’s character encoding. The additional row of keys above the standard virtual keyboard now includes even more special characters often used for programming and is now scrollable horizontally.

New features:
* SFTP (SSH connection) support with user/password and public key authentication
* FTPS (FTP over SSL) support
* New settings for FTP: connection mode (active or passive) and encoding
* More keys in the additional row above the standard keyboard (the row is now scrollable)

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.
* Full on-screen virtual keyboard, keyboard dock and Bluetooth keyboard support
* Displays scrollable additional row of keys over the on-screen virtual keyboard, making it easy to type characters often used for programming
* Supports most encodings, including UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, and MacRoman
* Upload and download files from any Dropbox account
* Upload and download files from any FTP, SFTP/SSH or FTPS server
* Find and replace also allows search and replace of newline or tab characters
* Auto-indentation
* Supports different tab widths
* User-selectable fonts and font sizes
* Copy & Paste
* Undo & Redo
* Fast incremental find & replace
* File information, such as character count and word count
* Local web preview for HTML files
* Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion
* Supports iOS 4 multitasking, and fast switching between apps
* Rename, copy, and move files and folders
* Send files as email attachments
* Web preview for markdown files
* Send HTML and markdown files as HTML email
* Supports multitasking/fast app switching
* Select a line by tapping on the line number
* Read-only mode
* Settings for auto-correction and auto-capitalization
* Import/Export over USB via iTunes File Sharing
* Import/Export files from other apps using “Open In” iPad command
* Import/Export via Wi-Fi using the built-in WebDAV server
* In-app, fully illustrated instruction manual

Language Support:
* US English, German

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

Pricing and Availability:
Textastic 2.1 for iPad is $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available upon request.

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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 Apple’s TV commercial “iPad is Delicious” 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.