Recently, new Mac OS X Markdown apps arrive weekly, if not more often. Today’s most notable arrival is called Mou, the missing Markdown editor for web developers. Mou’s author lives in China, so I’m guessing that Mou isn’t short for Memorandum of Understanding. Perhaps Chen Luo @chenluois, the author, or someone else, will let me know if Mou actually sounds like a word in Cantonese or Mandarin; or at least, where the inspiration for the app’s name came from. Update: Chen Luo commented, “‘Mou’ in Chinese Pinyin pronunciation sounds ‘More’ in English. :)”
After downloading Mou, I was immediately impressed by the syntax highlighting, live preview and an impressive list of keyboard actions.
Interestingly, I wrote Chen Luo, shortly after midnight his time, to let him know that I find Byword app’s Cmd + K keyboard action very handy.
- Cmd + K
- inserts the currently selected text as the ‘label text’
- places cursor between the ‘destination link’ brackets
Fifteen minutes later, he replied, “That’s easy to implement. :)” and less than a day later he implemented both the new ‘Make Link’ (control + shift + L) and ‘Make Image’ (control + shift + I) actions. Very impressive!
Mou’s Press Kit says,
Mou is different: It’s for web developers.
- Syntax highlighting
- Live preview
- Fullscreen mode
- Auto save
- Powerful actions
- Auto pair
- Live find
- Custom themes
- HTML export
- Enhanced CJK character support
I’m guessing that, in the very near future, when Fletcher Penney’s MultiMarkdown Composer is released, many power users will opt for the combination of MMDComposer and the Marked App. Folks whose “focus needs more focus” will opt for a combination of Byword and Marked. Others, particularly bloggers and web developers, will opt for Mou because it’s fast, fun, easy and significantly because it’s donation ware, at least until it’s out of beta.