When it comes to writing without any obstructions, the choices are plenty. There are many users who prefer the good old visual editor — however, most of the time, writers and developers tend to struggle when writing proper text using HTML markup. Similarly, even though the visual editor is easy to use, it can appear limiting to many users.
It is in cases such as these that Markdown comes in handy. You can easily writing without any obstructions, and formatting using Markdown is fairly simple as well. In this post, we have put together some of the best Markdown tools and editors for you to use.
StackEdit is a simple Markdown editor that uses your browser’s local storage to save your work. It can be synchronized with services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, and it can also post content directly to WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, GitHub, etc.
Markable is a powerful Markdown editor that offers features such as autosave, one-click download and HTML to Markdown conversion. You can integrate it with Evernote or Dropbox, and seamlessly share your posts on Tumblr.
Online Markdown Editor
Dillinger is a cloud-based Markdown editor based on Twitter Bootstrap and Node.js
Markdown Live Editor
Markdown Live Editor is a minimal and simple editor. It was initially developed with the intention of writing entries for Posterous blogs, though of course you can use it for other purposes as well.
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InstantMark is yet another simple Markdown editor that works right from your browser. It does not have an enormous feature set to boast of, but if you are looking for a simple Markdown editor, InstantMark might get the job done.
MarkdownPad is a Markdown editor for Windows users. The free version offers basic functionality, and if you need additional features such as syntax highlighting, tabbed interface and spell-check, you can opt for the Pro version.
WriteMonkey is a stripped-down editor that offers a no-frills interface for writing. It is available only for MS Windows, and is backed by a number of useful plugins, most of which are premium upgrades.
Available only for Mac users, Mou is a Markdown editor that focuses entirely on developers. It offers features such as syntax highlighting, sync scroll, custom themes, PDF export and enhanced CJK support. Mou also has a separate iPad version.
LightPaper is a simple editor for Mac users that offers a distraction-free writing interface. It offers several in-built fonts, and you can also export your content in HTML, PDF or audio files.
Markdown.css makes HTML markup look like plain text Markdown.
DAUX.IO is a documentation generator based on Bootstrap. It uses a simple folder structure and Markdown files to create documentation on the fly. DAUX.IO is fully responsive and comes with custom themes of its own.
Flatdoc can fetch Markdown files and render them as proper pages. As such, you can use it to create documentation for your projects.
Markdown Here lets you format your emails using Markdown. It supports most of the popular web browsers and email clients.
Remark is an in-browser slideshow tool that comes with Markdown formatting.
Scribble – Simple Markdown Wikis
Scribble lets you create simple wikis and collaboration projects using Markdown.
Slidify lets you create presentations and slideshows using a Markdown syntax. You can export your work to Dropbox or GitHub.
Strapdown.js lets you create Markdown documents without the need of server-side compilation. You can easily document your tutorials and other projects using this tool.
Demarcate.js is a jQuery based editor for Markdown that lets you directly edit in a page and generate Markdown from the HTML elements.
??? This tool seems to have been discontinued.
html2text is a simple Python text that can convert any HTML page into ASCII-compliant text which is clean, easy to read and fully valid Markdown.
Markdown to HTML
As the name suggests, Markdown to HTML is a simple tool that converts Markdown text into HTML.
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Socrates is a simple editor that lets you write and edit Markdown in realtime.
Minimal Writer Friendly Editors
Simply Write is a nifty editor that allows you to write without any obstructions. It displays a timer, which shows your work time, as well as a word count.
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Editor is a minimal editor for writers (well, doh!).