ghostwriter Reviews

First very primitive, but this changes as you start to explore it.

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Initially I was quite distracted by the fact that markdown elements were not removed, but instead just greyed out, making this editor to be nothing, but a regular editor with markdown highlighting and export.

But then, I tried just to omit the greyed out characters from my mind, as if they were not present and were just indicators for me.
This actually worked and because the highlighting is also active the editor became useful. But there was also a big issue, that it supposedly has no live preview mode. I can export to HTML and preview, together with all the styles, though - but live preview allows to instantly track the changes.

However, silly me, it turns out that HTML preview is actually polled on change. So if you move the preview to the side instead of closing it, the editor will update and render the changes live. This significantly boosts the rating.

So, as of 2016 my personal markdown on Linux rating is:

  1. ghostwriter (awesome, really)
  2. mdcharm (rock solid and simple, unfortunately no update since 2 years)
  3. retext (the classical editor with a bit messy UI, but works)

The Ubuntu Trusty .deb is also fully compatible with current Debian Stable. Give it a shot, and donate the author if you like it!

Well, it looks like sometimes the internal editor markup help is doing it wrong. For example, this will be rendered incorrectly in editor:

this is a test line

\# hello world

All engines in HTML preview ignore the formatting inside ```, but internal editor engine assumes that a new line equals end of operand and renders # hello world in headline style, which is incorrect.

[Edited by thisisme, May 26]


Very nice!

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Never thought I might need a focused writing tool, but, well, here I am.
They're easy on your eye and does keep you focused (who guessed).

Built ghostWriter from ArchLinux AUR, works like a charm. First impression after writing a few (unstructured) pages:
As a fan of XFCE I especially appreciate its reduced (?)/complete feature set that still allows for a decent amount of customization and configurability.