The introduction of Ulysses III motivated me to do some serious plain text markdown housekeeping, by which I mean plain text app and markdown app housecleaning. I'll admit, I've been an app slut. I've been flirting with plain text editors and dedicated markdown apps for a couple of years. All of the apps had something good to offer, but not one was a perfect fit, until Ulysses 3.
Aside: My plain text related fickleness reminds me of my, long ago, lifeguard days, before I met my wife. 🙂
My OS X writing environment changed overnight. Ulysses app is meticulously crafted and superb; it's nearly perfect, for my needs, at v1 and has tremendous upside potential. The best review of Ulysses III I've seen, so far, was written by Matthew Guay at mac.appstorm.net. Update (20130503): Here’s another great review, this one was written by John Martellaro at The Mac Observer.
It was a fairly easy decision to remove most of my dedicated markdown apps. I found removing Byword difficult because it has served me very well and I have great respect for the app's developers. Update: I reinstalled Byword. (see below)
Reviewing my use of plain text editors prompted an entirely different thought process. I used BBEdit until TextMate appeared. I used TextMate until its development all but ceased. Recently, I've been having fun with Sublime Text, but:
- I don't write code (except markdown, HTML and CSS)
- I now prefer Ulysses app for markdown
- I always enjoyed creating HTML and editing long text documents with BBEdit
- I don't need a cross-platform app
- I am biased toward 'Mac-only' developers
I decided to return to BBEdit.
Summarizing, my plain text markdown housekeeping lead me to add:
- MultiMarkdown Composer
- Sublime Text
- Taco HTML Edit
- Text Wrangler (upgrading to BBEdit)
and note that I had already removed:
- iA Writer
- Markdown Live (Life)
- Markdown Pro
Update (20130411): Byword is back because of a Ulysses III app problem.