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Summary:

PlainText is a free text editor for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad from Hog Bay Software, the creators of WriteRoom and TaskPaper. It has a clean and uncluttered UI and built-in Dropbox support, which means that it can sync files with your computer.

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PlainText is a free text editor for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad from Hog Bay Software, the creators of WriteRoom and TaskPaper. It has a clean, uncluttered UI and built-in Dropbox support so it can sync files with your computer.

The interface is nicely designed and intuitive. Reading, writing and editing text files in both landscape and portrait orientation is fast and easy. Folders are supported, and once your Dropbox account is linked to the app, files are automatically synced.

TextExpander, an app that can store frequently used snippets of text, is also supported, which should make typing a little easier.

I haven’t tried PlainText on an iPad, but it looks like it will work very nicely with a larger screen:

PlainText is a great app for anyone who needs to read, write and edit plain text files while on the go. However, it doesn’t support search, which means that for notes I’ll be sticking with SimpleNote, and if you need to do anything more complicated than edit text files you’ll need to look elsewhere.

PlainText is available from the iTunes App Store. It’s free and ad-supported (an ad-free version, available via a $4.99 in-app purchase, is awaiting approval). For the sync feature, you’ll need a Dropbox account; a 2-GB account is free, and you can create one from within the app.

Let us know what you think of PlainText in the comments.

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  1. I’ll be sticking with SimpleNote also for its ability to edit text from any device. Not sure what PlainText adds to the equation.

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