Tara Brady
28 June, 2011
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Link to: Gusto


Horse and the Rook


Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later

Gusto, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

Age Rating:  4+


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App Guide

Gusto from Horse and the Rook is an iPad application that combines code editing and FTP access in a Coda-like fashion that lets you create multiple projects for all your websites.

I love my iPad and the things I can do on the go. However, after trying out Gusto – which works exactly as if it was running on a Mac – I’ve realised how much functionality is missing on many apps built for a mobile experience.

Gusto is very similar to Coda’s concept: you can create multiple projects, each of them associated with a website, and Gusto will create a thumbnail for it right in the main screen. You just have to enter the details for your website – either FTP or SFTP – and the app will automatically generate a thumbnail for you.

The interface is nice, clean and easy for both beginners and those more experienced at coding to find their way around. Once you’ve added all the sites you want, it’s time to access them and get straight to the editing part.

Easily identify your projects by the beautifully rendered website thumbnails

Once you tap on the thumbnail of your site you’ll be presented with another screen that contains a localhost sidebar that lists the downloaded files and those you created from scratch on the iPad: You can create and download any kind of file, be it HTML or php.

To get to the actual FTP access, you have to tap on the spanner icon in the top right and select to connect to the FTP. The app will show you another screen, this time in a ‘full-screen split view’ that displays the same localhost on the left and the FTP path on the right.

The user interface here is simple and similar to Mac OS X: you have files, folders and arrows to open folders.

It’s straightforward in its core, with basic features to download files, edit and delete them. However, you can’t edit files ‘live’ – you have to download them, edit them in the local host interface and then upload them again. You can preview both the local files and FTP files in a browser also built into Gusto.

As a novice in writing code for my website, this app is simple to use while providing the same functions as code editors on my Mac.

Gusto, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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