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Can anyone recommend an iOS text editor (iPad and iPhone) that can open arbitrary text files from Dropbox?

I've used a few, but they tend to be restricted to a specific subdirectory of my Dropbox root, e.g. Elements only lets me work in the ~/Dropbox/Elements directory.

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This question is extremely broad, there are a lot of dropbox-enabled editors for iOS. Is the free access to all sub directories the only requirement you have? – patrix Dec 17 '12 at 13:25
It's the only hard requirement I have outside of the basic text manipulation that comes with the iOS text controls (e.g. built in copy-paste). – John McDowall Dec 17 '12 at 13:28
Can you try to rephrase your question (including the title) then? Overly broad questions don't fit easily in the Q&A format on this site and run the risk of getting closed? – patrix Dec 17 '12 at 13:37
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There's a large number of applications available that can do this.

My preferred text editor happens to be Byword. By default, it'll link to a specific dropbox folder (/Apps/Byword), but you can change this in the app's settings; just setting it to "/" will give access to every folder in your Dropbox.

iA Writer is another popular choice.

If you're looking for something more geared towards code than writing, Textastic is nice.

Additionally, Brett Terpstra has compiled a large list of iOS text editors and features here, though it doesn't specify which apps have full access or if they are limited to a specific App folder in Dropbox.

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Thanks - A colleague also suggested IA Writer, which fits my requirement of being able to edit a document in any directory in Dropbox. – John McDowall Dec 18 '12 at 9:27

Nebulous Notes is also very good at browsing all DropBox text files and folders and its interface is specifically built for this. However, I've been having issues with several of my Bluetooth keyboards when using this app on my iPad 2.

There are a lot of lags and double characters that show up when typing, no matter which keyboard I'm using (Apple or Zagg). This does not happen in other apps, so I assume its a Nebulous Notes issue. It drives me crazy, but the app works so well with DropBox it's hard to find a replacement.

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There is many options, but i have been using buffer editor for a long time. Its native iOS app with very good features like code autocomplete. So it fits perfectly for normal text editing and writing too. you can edit any file from any dropbox folder. home of the app app store

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I have used this as simple text editor and no problems so far.

Elements For Dropbox - A Markdown Notes and Writing App
by Second Gear

Nebulous Notes
by Nuclear Elements

PlainText - Dropbox text editing
by Hog Bay Software
Advertising within the app is very intrusive, with a payment option to remove the adverts.

There is a very comprehensive review of IOS text editors with DropBox support here:

Reviews are quite detailed and describe the pros, cons and costs.

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Answers on Ask Different need to be more than just a link. It's okay to include a link, but please summarize or excerpt it in the answer. The idea is to make the answer stand alone. – patrix Jan 21 '14 at 22:05
Hey @patrix is this better? – nslntmnx Jan 22 '14 at 0:14
The question asked at the top is very specific about looking for editors being able to edit files in any location in your Dropbox, so an answer should at least adress this topic. Also links to the apps might be useful. – patrix Jan 22 '14 at 8:31

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