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November 7, 2019

It’s been a long time since I have tested new applications for basic Markdown editing. Last time was probably Texts, one or two years ago, and more recently Caret Beta, which I didn’t like at all. Likewise, I am not a big fan of iA Writer, despite all the good things I’ve heard over time, nor of Byword. I really love the design and UI of Bear, but I’m not looking for a complete note taking application, just a slick Markdown editor.

Let’s take a closer look at Typora instead.

I think I first heard of this app on one of Jack Baty’s weblogs, but to be honest I just see a list of several Markdown Apps a few days ago and tried the only one I didn’t know for sure. I should note that my needs are very limited: I just need to be able to write plain text in a minimalist application, for the rare case where I am not writing in Emacs — this happens very rarely, for Emacs has a very nice Markdown mode, which far surpasses all the features I have encountered in various applications over time.

My first impression was that the UI is very clean, minimalist, and so much well thought: you get all the space for writing, with no status or menu bar, or even side bar full of icons for sharing, exporting, and the like. Take a look by yourselves:

Other features I found very handy in Typora:

Overall, this is the best application for Markdown editing I have been using so far. This is just a beta version, and while in beta it’s free, so go take a look if feel so inclined.

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