I think you know how much I love MarkDown by now, I always use MarkDown when writing anything, it’s so easy to format text, and it uses the Plain Text format, so it is compatible with any device, any computer.
I often write MarkDown in apps like NValt, ByWord and MarsEdit, and one thing that you want is a good preview of your formatted text, and I have been using the app Marked to preview what I write, it’s an app you can install from the Mac App Store, and it can preview what you write in a lot of different apps. And if the app is not supported, you can just drag and drop a file on it’s icon and it gets previewed.
Now the great MarkDown guy Brett Terpstra has updated it to version 2. With a lot of new cool features. Watching a specific folder on your computer for example, it even supports nested folders. That means that you can have a preview of the latest changed file in a folder completely automatically.
Marked 2 not only previews your formatted plain text, it can also give you a lot of different statistics, like how often you have used a specific keyword for example.
I haven’t bought Marked 2 yet (because it’s quite expensive), but it is currently only available outside of the App Store, and it costs $US 11.99 and there is no upgrade price from the App Store version of Marked.
The first version, Marked will still be available as a light version in Mac App Store.
I am not sure of the reasons why Brett Terpstra is not releasing Marked 2 in the App Store, but it probably has something to do with Apple’s “sandboxing” of apps…
You can try Marked 2 for free as a 7 day trial.
Here is some of Marked 2 new features:
MultiMarkdown 4.2 built in, including inline footnotes
Alternative “Discount” parser built in
New and improved search features
- case sensitive option
- whole word option
- regular expressions
- CSS selector searching
- Live highlighting of common/overused phrases using the Plain English Campaign guides
- regex/wildcard search for keyword/phrase highlighting
- Keyword drawer with counter to easily add temporary keywords for highlighting and viewing keyword density
Advanced document statistics with reading time and readability indexes
HTML preview improvements
- Detect images in Markdown and HTML and watch for changes
- Detect php include(‘file’)s and watch for changes
- Detect JS and CSS in HTML files and add them to the watch list
More ways to incorporate Marked into your workflow
- MarsEdit preview
- VoodooPad preview of current page
- Preview clipboard
- Watch any folder (including nested) and preview the most recently changed file within it
Custom processor, pre-processor and additional arguments fields
Export additional document types
- export DOC, DOCX or ODT
- Export RTF, or RTFD to include images
- Paginated PDF export option
Embed images (base64) in exported HTML documents for easy portability
Collapse/expand sections by headlines for fast navigation
Moar keyboard navigation
Files that contain markup or other meta-data are generally considered plain-text, as long as the entirety remains in directly human-readable form, as in HTML, XML, and so on. The use of plain-text rather than bit-streams to express markup, enables files to survive much better “in the wild”, in part by making them largely immune to computer architecture incompatibilities. ↩
Markdown is a lightweight markup language, originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz allowing people “to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)”. See more posts tagged MarkDown. ↩