I was recently asked, “Which OS X markdown application are you using these days?” I answered, “I’m back with Byword.” My response prompted the anticipated question, “Why?”
About two and a half years ago, I wrote a post I titled, ‘Markdown: Why Byword App?’ Since then I’ve tested almost every new markdown app. The markdown apps that have most impressed me are:
Each application’s website adequately highlights the apps benefits, so I won’t do a comparison here, but this is why I favour Byword App:
- creating and editing is straightforward
- it has great markdown support
- the widely-copied, light theme is easy on my eyes
- there’s no interface ‘chrome’ to get in my way
- it works well with Marked 2 (I use an Alfred workflow to preview in Marked)
- I prefer managing my files in the Finder, not a database
- the Universal iPad/iPhone app is excellent
- iCloud and Dropbox support is flawless
- blog publishing is available, although I haven’t used it yet (I have paid for it on my Mac and plan to test it soon).
Have a look at the ‘Byword MultiMarkdown Guide’ for an excellent overview.