The Markdown Shakedown

I don’t know if anyone still needs an introduction to markdown editors. Essentially, it is plain text that you add symbols to  to indicate styles and formatting. For example, leading a line with an asterisk in markdown usually results in a bulleted item. Or indicating the level of a headline with the number of hashtag symbols at the start of the line (# = top-most heading, ## = second-level heading, ### = third-level heading, etc…).

Anyway, this isn’t a markdown primer. It’s an introduction to a long-term project I am starting and hoping to complete here on the site. When I decided not to opt into the Ulysses subscription scheme last summer, I needed to find another application (or two) that could fill the void. I am a big admirer of Ulysses as a product, but not of the people who create it. You can read about that decision here. As a consequence, I’ve tried out many, many applications looking for the one that best suits my needs. I’ve found I like a number of the competing markdown editor/note-takers, but none of them has grabbed me as THE solution. But it has given me an itch to write about the more interesting ones. Thus this Markdown Shakedown.

A few caveats:

I’m not a technical person. Many of these editors have many features that defy my comprehension. They use plug-ins or extension to add power and function. Don’t expect much in the way of insights about the “power side” of these editors.

All of the applications I look at will have a MacOS version. Some also have an iPad version and/or a Windows version. But my goal of finding a replacement for Ulysses means I first and foremost have to have a Mac application.

Update: I have not approached these reviews with any real system, but have rather just worked with them and generated my subjective impressions. Don’t expect a formal evaluation.

Part one: Markdown Editors and Note-Takers

Part two, the reviews: