MarkdownNote for Mac

MarkdownNote for Mac icon

I’ve been on a text editor, plain text and Markdown kick recently. Why is that? Quoting Brett Terpstra, Markdown is just such an “easy, fast, clean, portable, flexible workflow” for writing with plain text and outputting to HTML, PDF and LaTeX. Just yesterday I wrote about using Sublime Text and the Marked app.

Today, a nifty new application arrived at the Mac App Store. It’s called MarkdownNote for Mac OS.

“MarkdownNote makes it really easy to create notes using John Gruber’s popular Markdown markup language in your Mac or iPad. Using live preview feature, you can preview your Markdown markup syntax to HTML on writing. Sync your documents with Dropbox.com, built into MarkdownNote for iOS and using the desktop client on Mac.”

It’s not going to replace Sublime Text and the Marked app in my workflow, but the implementation of a single widow design with instant live HTML preview is brilliant. A tip of my hat to Young Hoo Kim at Coding Robots.

Update (20111002): I also recommend checking out the new Mou app

Note: There’s also an iOS iPad version of MarkdownNote.

MarkdownNote blog entry

Blogging with the Marked App

Marked App: Markdown Preview for any text editor.

Marked App icon

Do you use a Mac? Do you have a blog? Have you used Markdown? If so, there’s a new OS X app new you need to check out. It’s called Marked.

“Marked opens MultiMarkdown, Markdown, Text or HTML files and previews them as HTML documents. It watches the file for changes, updating the preview any time the file is saved.”

Features:

  • works with any editor (I’m using TextMate)
  • floating preview
  • a number of preview styles
  • document statistics

Marked app example

I just select ‘Copy HTML’ and then paste the code into my WordPress HTML editor. Voila a new post is ready to go. All I have to do is to tweak the SEO fields.

>> learn about the Marked app

I’ve previously written about nvALT an earlier app from Brett Terpstra, but the beauty of the new Marked app is that it works with any text editor. Brett doesn’t have to keep up with the changes to Notational Velocity and users choose their favourite text editor; the Marked app does the rest.