MultiMarkdown Composer is now available in the Mac App Store. When I wrote Markdown Shakedown, I suggested that the arrival of MultiMarkdown Composer would herald the beginning of a shift away from the Markdown standard toward a new MultiMarkdown era and that many people would choose Composer rather than purchase a full-featured text editor, like BBEdit, Sublime Text or TextMate. Was my postulation nothing more than bold hyperbole or could it actually happen?
Q: Is Fletcher Penney’s MultiMarkdown Composer likely to gain traction in an already crowded Markdown/MultiMarkdown application marketplace?
A: It might, but only if Doctor Penney is as determined as his competitors.
What I liked most:
- no one understands MultiMarkdown better than Fletcher Penney
- Composer is a modern 64 bit app
- selecting some text => pasting a URL => watching link syntax appear
- QuickCursor support via the ODB Editor protocol
- export and print options
- integration with Marked app preview.
See the full list of features here.
Interestingly, the ‘Syntax Highlighting as You Type’ would have seemed like a breakthrough feature had I not seen Mou‘s implementation three weeks earlier.
FYI, my favourite composers are:
- Byword – developers Jorge Pedroso, Rúben Cabaço and Bruno de Carvalho – Markdown/MultiMarkdown
- Mou – developer Chen Luo – Markdown
- Sublime Text – developer Jon Skinner – Markdown/MultiMarkdown
My ‘go to’ app combo has been Byword and the Marked app,
but it’s very likely that I’ll be using MultiMarkdown Composer with Marked more and more as the days pass.
Update: I’ve had an opportunity to play with MultiMarkdown Composer today and I’ve discovered that I really miss a couple of Byword’s keyboard shortcuts:
- Bulleted List: Select text, Cmd + L
- Numeric List: Select text, Cmd + Option + L
Example: Let’s assume I have just pasted the following text into a document
Step 1. Select text from BBEdit up to and including TextMate
Step 2. Use shortcut ‘Command + L’
The result would be
* iA Writer
* Markdown Pro
* MultiMarkdown Composer
* Sublime Text
and, similarly, shortcut ‘Command + Option + L’ would create
3. iA Writer
7. Markdown Pro
9. MultiMarkdown Composer
10. Sublime Text
I wasn’t able to uncover similar keyboard actions in Composer; it’s possible they’re there but I haven’t found them. I’ve sent an email to Fletcher Penney asking if they exist and, if not, requesting they be added to Composer’s Format menu.
Update: Dr. Penney replied, “… this is not a bad feature. I’ll look into adding it.”
Ends up, I also prefer Byword’s subdued syntax highlighting. If I get my keyboard shortcuts, I suppose I could always create a custom style sheet for Composer.