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Prompt melds yesterday's command line with today's iOS

Dan Moren | May 19, 2014
No matter how hard we try, we can't escape the command line. It lurks beneath our modern operating systems, just waiting for the right moment to strike. But if you can't beat ‘em, join ‘em, I say--how else to explain my latest pick for an iOS app I love, Panic's Prompt.

About the only feature I'm missing in Prompt is the ability to sync connections (and thus passwords and keys) between my iPhone and iPad. Some of this is alleviated if you can take the time to set up Agent Forwarding, which Prompt supports, though that's a pretty technical endeavor that most people won't bother with.

At $8, Prompt is probably one of the more expensive SSH clients you can find on the App Store. But that extra cash buys you something: solid engineering; a simple, attractive interface; and great usability. In all the years I've used it, I've never had need to regret my purchase, and if you use SSH with any regularity, you won't either.


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