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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:

• Typora does not require an external previewer, since you get a live preview as you type. It’s sort of a WYSIWYG, but way better than well-known commercial products.

• The conceal mode is really great, and far better that what I used to have when writing in Vim. Any hyperlinks remains editable as a plain Markdown link when your cursor is on it, but there’s also a shortcut to insert inline links (⌘K) or named links (⌥⌘L). Moreover, you can select any word and enclose it using square bracket, parenthesis or whatever, and, of course, HTML tags are completed as soon as you start typing the closing tag </. The inline code is really pleasantly displayed as well.