Alternatives to SmartDown for all platforms with any license

  • FocusWriter icon

    FocusWriter

    FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work. The program autosaves your progress, and reloads the last files you had open to make it easy to jump back in during...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com

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    Write!

    Write! is a distraction-free text editor that boosts your productivity. It supports markdown syntax, spell-checker, cloud integration and much more! Features: Native Cloud Clean UI With Tabs Writing Sessions ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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    Haroopad

    Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did. Haroopad gives you...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Latest commit 4b1c0af on Jan 3, 2015. See https://github.com/rhiokim/haroopad
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    Typora

    Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    StackEdit

    StackEdit is a free, open-source Markdown editor based on PageDown, the Markdown library used by Stack Overflow and the other Stack Exchange sites.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

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    WriteMonkey

    Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

    Freemium Windows

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    MarkdownPad

    MarkdownPad is a full-featured Markdown editor for Windows. Features: LivePreview : Instantly see how your documents look in HTML as you create them. Easy formatting with keyboard shortcuts. Markdown formatting can be applied (and...

    Freemium Windows

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    ReText

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • iA Writer icon

    iA Writer

    The key to good writing is not that magical glass of Bordeaux, the right kind of tobacco or that groovy background music. The key is focus. What you need to write well is a spartan setting that allows you to fully concentrate on your...

    Commercial Mac Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Gingko icon

    Gingko

    Write and organize your ideas in Gingko tree documents. Whether building a business or writing a bestseller, Gingko lets your ideas flow naturally into place. Write, brainstorm, and organize your document, all in the same flow. ...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    WriteRoom

    For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you're used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing. Requires Mac OS X 10.7+

    Commercial Mac

    • Discontinued The program is no longer available for iOS. The Mac version, v3.2.1, released in August 2012, can be still bought from the AppStore.
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    Byword

    Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Features - Designed to make writing more enjoyable using Markdown - Sync text documents across all your Mac, iPhone, iPad devices -...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Q10

    Q10 is a simple but powerful text editor designed and built with writers in mind.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version dates from 2011.
  • Mou icon

    Mou

    Mou, web developers' Markdown editor for Mac OS X. When current available Markdown editors are almost all for general writers, Mou is different: It's for web developers. Syntax highlighting, live preview, fullscreen mode, auto...

    Commercial Mac

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    Hemingway Editor

    Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The Hemingway Editor for Mac and PC highlights common errors. Use it to catch wordy sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud

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    ghostwriter

    ghostwriter is a Windows and Linux text editor for Markdown, which is a plain text markup format created by John Gruber. For more information about Markdown, please visit John Gruber’s website at https://daringfireball.net/.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    MarkPad

    MarkPad is a Text editor for writing in MarkDown-Syntax. It will display the parsed and styled result to the right side of the plain text on the left.

    Open Source Windows

  • OmPad icon

    OmPad

    OmPad is a free, simple, powerful, beautiful and minimal writing app that helps you focus and concentrate on writing great content. Format your text with headings, bold, italic, links, images, lists, code and quotes. -...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    Markdown Edit

    Markdown Edit is a Windows desktop Markdown editor with an emphasis on content and keyboard shortcuts. There is minimal window chrome and most functions are accessed through keyboard shortcuts.

    Open Source Windows

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    OmmWriter

    Ommwriter is a simple text processor that firmly believes in making writing a pleasure once again, reinvindicating the close relationship between writer and paper. The more intimate the relation, the smoother the flow of inspiration.

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad

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    MacDown

    MacDown is an open source Markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT License. It is heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou.

    Open Source Mac

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    Marked

    Marked takes Markdown text–a simple syntax you can learn in minutes–and turns it into beautiful documents for you. It will update a preview as you work (with several high-quality themes to choose from, or design your own), refreshing...

    Commercial Mac

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    Abricotine

    Abricotine is an open-source markdown editor for desktop. In Abricotine, you can preview your document directly in the text editor rather than in a side pane. - Write in markdown (or GFM) and export your documents in HTML, -...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • UberWriter icon

    UberWriter

    With UberWriter it’s simple to write beautiful documents in Markdown. Features include 'focus mode' that highlights your last sentence and gives you a typewriter-esque feel, out of the box spellcheck, and a very clean...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The last update to UberWriter's website was in 2012. The latest release on its Launchpad page was also in 2012, and bug reports are not being answered. May have trouble installing its binary release on recent versions of Ubuntu.
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    Minimalist Markdown Editor

    This is the simplest and slickest Markdown editor. Just write Markdown and see what it looks like as you type. The Minimalist Markdown Editor also comes with one-click HTML conversion and other discreet gems.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

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    Marxico

    Marxico is a neat Markdown editor that features : code highlight, tables, images, attachments, LaTeX etc. live preview, offline desktop client and Chrome App. Evernote integration with notebooks & tags, two-way bind...

    Freemium Mac Windows Chrome Evernote

  • ZenWriter icon

    ZenWriter

    ZenWriter, a text editor for Windows that cuts out all the distraction and lets you focus on letting your thoughts flow. It’s a full screen, zen-like program that offers few formatting options but a whole lot of tranquility. If you...

    Commercial Windows

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    LightPaper

    LightPaper is a simple, beautiful, powerful yet free Text Editor for passionate writers. You can use LightPaper to write any kind of text documents – blogs, articles, notes, READMEs, TODOs, or the next chapter of your new novel. Its...

    Commercial Mac

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    Escriba

    A hassle-free and drop-dead pretty text editor for the web. Your document is saved to your browser's local storage and you can even save it to your Dropbox.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    Typewrite

    Typewrite is a real-time collaborative writing environment with Markdown support, versioning and Dropbox syncing.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Website/service unavailable.
  • Dillinger icon

    Dillinger

    Dillinger is a cloud-enabled, mobile-ready, offline-storage, AngularJS powered HTML5 Markdown editor. Type some Markdown on the left See HTML in the right You can also: Import and save files from GitHub, Dropbox...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Markdown Here icon

    Markdown Here

    Google Chrome, Firefox, and Thunderbird extension that lets you write email in Markdown and render it before sending.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome Thunderbird Firefox

  • MarkRight icon

    MarkRight

    MarkRight is a simple but very efficient Markdown editor built using Electron and ClojureScript. It uses a dual pane interface that lets you focus on the task of writing, while providing a live preview so you can instantly see the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • Editorially icon

    Editorially

    Write. Rewrite. Share and discuss. Everything you need to make good writing great.

    Free Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Editorially is shutting down on May 30th: http://stet.editorially.com/articles/goodbye/
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    Remarkable

    A fully featured markdown editor for Linux and Windows. Features include Live Preview, PDF/HTML export, MathJax support, Syntax highlighting, customizable, keyboard shortcuts, GFM, images, tables and much more.

    Free Windows Linux

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