Typora Reviews

Amazing. Beautiful and elegant. Speedy.

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I evaluated the following markdown writing tools:

  • Typora
  • Byword (fantastic for drafts, but no code block/editing abilities)
  • Rough Draft (crashed, otherwise seems nifty)
  • Day One Classic (I use this for journalling, however no code blocks)
  • MacDown (rendering pops on scroll)
  • Moeeditor (tab doesn't indent lists, syntax highlighting for lists is strange)
  • Haroopad (ugly)

Typora is beautiful and has some nifty features - source code mode vs wysiwyg mode - syntax highlighted code blocks - beautiful themes.

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I have tried a number of markdown editors over the years and I have found this one to provide the most robust functionality for creating markdown documents. I use it myself for writing technical documentation and blog posts.

It has the best table editor for markdown for a desktop app. That is one of the reasons I use it. The export functionality is very good as well.


Nice Markdown editor

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As far as Markdown editors go (I tried most free desktop ones I could find), Typora strikes a nice balance between the minimalism that most people who want to use Markdown probably value, while not unnecessarily doing away with all the features and settings as some other editors do.

The interface is simple and gets out of your way. There is really only the menu bar, with some tool sidebars being available, too. Focus and fullscreen modes are available for people who want to have an even more plain, distraction-free environment. There is also a typewriter mode, but I was not able to figure out what difference it makes.

Typora comes with a nice set of features. Stylesheets can be changed on the fly, and will also be applied to exported documents. There is a wide variety of export formats, something for everyone, from PDF to HTML, ODT, Word, LaTeX, and more. It also supports direct print output. The editor supports tables, code blocks, mathematical forumlae, an English spellchecker, and other such fancy features.

I don't really use, and hence didn't specifically test, those more advanced capabilities, as I'm a very low-key Markdown user. At least for that method of use, Typora serves me really well. Formatting is immediately applied, but also expanded when the line in question is selected. It looks pretty nice, strikes a good balance between visual editing and full control, and felt like it was running fast, as far as I could tell. Of course, you can also switch to a source-only editing mode.

From my quick survey, Typora remains my favourite desktop Markdown editor so far. There are indications that it won't be free anymore once it's out of beta, but depending on the price point it'll have, it might still be worth it.