Typora Reviews

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For me as a typographer this app gets the gold star for distraction-free writing and at the same time presenting the content in the most beautiful way possible without any strange Markdown extensions or hacks.

I'm a bit concerned about their plans once they're out of beta and what the pricing model will be I really hope they don't go on a subscription model and keep the pricing sane. Here's my list of best Markdown writers so far:

  1. Typora
  2. iA Writer
  3. Byword (but a little bare bones)
  4. Write (writeapp.net)
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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.

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This application is great. In my opinion it has the best mechanic of markdown editing. Text is formatted as you type. Formatting elements (* [ ] etc) are hidden. But not forever. Once your cursor is at the formatted section, they re-appear. It's exactly as I want it.
It helps with table editing and image embedding as well. Outline is very helpful.
Only problem I see is that its an electron application (web app). It feels somewhat sluggish (just a bit) and consumes too much memory. Every file is opened as a separate process and I've seen some jump to >100mb. Also it doesn't integrate well into my OS. Custom dialogs etc.

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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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Perfect notetaking app on windows 10. Typora keeps all my notes ordered according the folder hierarchy (in a cloud storage for backup). Wish I had found this during the first year of my university programme, too many lost or untangible scribbles. Since the implementation of Typora I find that going back to previous notes are easily done, everything is efficiently sorted under course, subject, etc. For the same reason Typora is great for managing a project, or keeping a journal. Beautiful and sleek interface, assimilated with distraction free writing, is what made the transition from cherrytree, or similar free software well worth it.

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It's just works the way I think a modern Markdown editor should work.

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Has the best WYISYWG editor for markdown table support

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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.

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I can say with some confidence that I have tried nearly all Markdown editors for literary use, and out of these, Typora is by far the best option.

Typora is minimalist – the right kind of minimalism.

Its UI only shows the bare minimum. But when you need it, there are powerful features under the hood. To name only a few, full markdown support including LaTeX and tables, integration with Pandoc making conversion and merge a breeze and most important: an actual WYSIWYG Markdown editor, which allows you to edit your docs. (When needed, you can see the source version with the click of a button.)

File navigation is another massive advantage. You have a tree-like structure allowing a quick switch between files in the side menu, but that's not all. Said bar has two tabs and the second tab proposes an outline of your files thanks to Markdown's titles. If you start a search, the outline tab will switch to a search tab.

It's also cross-platform, and free while it's still in beta. It will become a paid app once it's released but given its incredible quality, and the fact that it should become even better before then, you should take the chance and try it out.

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The most natural way to work with #markdown

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Almost as powerful as Bear Notes, but cross-platform. (Bear notes is only on MacOS & iOS.)

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It's clean, easy to use, just... loveable.

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Best note taking app I've used. Some features I especially like: inline LaTeX, image embedding (including quick paste from "Copy Image"), useful keyboard shortcuts and customization, nice themes to download (I recommend "Vue"), and fast loading times.

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Simple, free, wysiwyg-ish markdown editor.

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