It’s been a while since I started the search for a perfect Markdown editor. This is one of my favorite way for procrastination.
I do not want to spend too much time on this. However, the inner desire on writing pushes me toward this every now and then, and I have tried many writers.
as well as Blog editors like Medium, Ghost, or the newest WordPress.
These choices are all fine. Fine in the sense that they all work more or less similarly: Markdown syntax, live preview, export to other formats, etc.
However, I cannot say any of these tools actually helped me on getting my mind focused on writing.
For example, Ulysses uses its own file storage type, and there no way I can edit the files from other places (such as Vim) when needed. Ghost’s system seems to be a pretty clean and neat one, but due to nature of being a online-only editor (not its fault though), I just constantly have this uneasy (or insecure) feeling about it. (Note that I run Ghost on my own server, which I also wouldn’t trust 100%, which make my insecurity worse.) Other options have more or less similar reasons that make me think they are either too complicated for their usages or too insecure to provide a peace of mind.
So, I concluded my personal requirement for a good Markdown editor:
Minimalism design to help me focus on content
Plain-text storage to allow edits from other editors
Multiple methods for online-backup
Looking at all these requirement, I came across the IMHO best Markdown editor (that I am writing this post on): iA Writer.
iA Writer’s design feels right. It puts all efforts on plain-text editing and storage. Multiple locations for storage and backup (I am currently using iCloud, but it supports any folder on my Mac, and I added my personal Resilio Sync folder if I want more privacy on my writings). And it is dead-simple to use and write on.
I feel like iA Writer is a powerful tool designed for writing and writing only. All supportive features like “type-writer mode,” external files support, incline picture, are all coming along to help users to write. This is my main feeling about this software, and it feels right.