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We can argue whether iOS is capable of doing serious work and replacing some more capable devices, but the point of this argument is to take a look at the iOS App Store.

Coda: An incredible, powerful and portable text editor

During the last couple of years, we have seen a tremendous increase in desktop-grade apps that are more capable than ever. Whether you are a photographer, or perhaps a graphic or web designer, you can find tools on the App Store to help you get the job done and beyond.

In this article we will take a look at an app that proves my point. Coda is the perfect example of how capable iOS applications can be, as well as how they can replace their OSX and PC counterparts. Continue reading to learn more.

Definitely the most important part of Coda is the code editor.
In case you’ve been looking up a code editor for your Mac or iOS device during the last years, you must have stumbled across a series of applications made by a company called Panic. Their bestselling product is called Coda, which has been around since 2007. As expected, the company made an iOS version at some point, but failed to impress web designers. Now you have the chance to try the redesigned Coda, which will surely change your mind.

Coda is a very clever and incredibly capable text editor with FTP integration for iPhones and iPads. It adds several layers of complexity in terms of visual and functional polish.

The start screen of this app will show you the projects you’ve started. The app uses a resizable visual tab bar, where you can easily switch between different websites, as well as investigate their files with clearly shown file extensions. One of the additions is a new sidebar as well, which brings a quick switch between local and remote files and in-page elements.

The sidebar is where you can find quick access to Hints, as well as web development tools like Validate, Push, Source Control Management, and Places.

Coda: An incredible, powerful and portable text editor

Aside from the fact that the new version (version 2.1.3 – released on January, 28) is more polished in terms of visual quality, there are some more important refinements. You can count on reliable syntax color, so you can easily differentiate page elements, and there’s auto completion for custom variables and functions.

If you’re terrified by the amount of code on one page, you fold it, which gives you great visibility of certain parts that demand your attention.

There’s much more you can do with Coda than just code writing and editing. The app can be used to preview websites, so it serves as a valuable preview tool for responsive websites. In addition, robust FTP features are there to help you handle operations like upload, download, duplicating, and renaming files. The supported protocols are FTP, SFTP, FTP with Implicit SSL or with TLS/SSL, in addition to WebDAV. There’s certainly nothing more you can ask for.
Coda: An incredible, powerful and portable text editor

Coda is a universal app, meaning that you can use it on your iPhone or iPad, including the recently released iPad Pro. Combined with the largest iOS tablet, this app is a powerhouse.
Coda can be downloaded from the iOS App Store:


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Includes Panic Sync, our secure, super sync service — for FREE.

• A stunningly full-featured text editor
• Works on both the iPhone or iPad
• Editor features Clips, Find & Replace (with placeholder!), Context Keys, Super Loupe, much more.
• Syntax highlighting for Apache, C, CSS, Diff, Go, Haml, HTML, INI, Java, JavaScript, LESS, Lua, Markdown, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Sass, Scheme, Shell, SQL, Swift, XML and YAML
• Local or Remote file management
• Remote protocols include SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, DreamObjects, and FTP (Plain, TLS, SSL) support
• Preview
• Air Preview for use with Coda for Mac
• Playgrounds
• SSH Terminal
• Much more!

Coda for iOS is a text editor, with syntax highlighting, clips, find replace, the works. But it also has a full file manager, allowing you to work with files locally or remotely. It has a cool keyboard with context keys and an amazing super loupe to set your cursor. It manages 'sites' so you can quickly get to work, and it'll even sync those sites. It'll preview your pages, of course. And we've also thrown in a full-featured SSH terminal. It's an incredible app.

SITES. The foundation of Coda iOS: create a site for each of your projects, local or remote, and quickly get to the files you need to edit. Better still, use our free Panic Sync service to sync these sites with Coda Mac and Transmit iOS, securely and quickly.

FILES. We've been building file managers for a really long time — we've got this. Local, remote, or any mix of the two. Edit, rename, duplicate, create folders, upload, download, you name it, you got it.

EDITING. Tap a file to land in our highly-optimized text editor, which syntax highlights your code with ease. Now, try this: move the insertion point. Whoa. That's the Super Loupe, magnifying magic we think is the best way to precisely set your cursor. And only Coda iOS has it.

CLIPS. Have a handful of code bits you re-use a lot? Tap the clips icon in Coda iOS, and load them in. Now you can insert them with a single tap.

FIND / REPLACE. Let’s say you accidentally inverted the values of your width and height tags. With our find and replace banner — and its breakthrough wildcard button — you can easily replace or swap or re-arrange your text.

TERMINAL. Really? Like, a full-featured SSH client built-in? Sure! Not only is it great value for your money, but it's also great help to getting your work done. Connect to your sites with a tap, and get the full-featured spot-on emulation of Prompt.

TABS. Quickly switch between your open documents. I know, it's obvious. But still.

CONTEXT KEYS. We've added a special section to your iOS keyboard that gives you the most useful, helpful special characters, automatically. It takes a lot of the pain out of writing code on a piece of glass.

AIR PREVIEW. A really special thing. Paired with Coda 2 for Mac, Coda iOS can act as a dedicated "preview screen", showing you a preview of what you're coding on the desktop — as you code. It's a great use for an iPad that's just sitting around, being lonely.

We've put a desktop-class amount of work into Coda iOS. It's truly a pro app. But, it's not hard to learn. And most amazingly, you're getting an incredible amount of power at a killer price. Buy it today!

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Novak Bozovic
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