Choosing Markdown Software

HTML to Marked and Byword

Not too long ago, having a website required at least a little knowledge of HTML (HyperText Markup Language). For many of us that meant purchasing an HTML book. I chose Elizabeth Castro’s ‘HTML FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB’. Sadly, even with Elizabeth’s book sitting on my desk, composing HTML wasn’t always straightforward. Fortunately, for those of us who are code-challenged, John Gruber created Markdown and made our lives easier. It’s been said, "if you can add an emoticon 🙂 to an email, you can compose with Markdown."

"Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)…"

Using Markdown is easy, but choosing Markdown software can be befuddling; new tools arrive almost every week, so there’s a big list of apps vying for your attention.

My recommendation for choosing Markdown software for Mac:

  1. get Marked
  2. get Byword
  3. there is no step 3… clichĂ© but true, grab Marked for $2.99, Byword for $9.99 and you’re good to go.

For about thirteen bucks you have a very powerful, personal-publishing system for your online/offline needs.

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