I just came across MarkEdit on Mastodon, and then instantly installed it. It’s advertised as being “TextEdit, but for Markdown” and it totally delivers on that.
Since I’ve started using my Mac more for general tinkering (instead of mostly just photos), I have not been able to find a decent no-nonsense Markdown editor. The options that go around seem to be:
- MacDown, an open source split-screen editor which used to work quite well but has significant issues open for multiple years
- IA Writer, Ulysses, and other “professional” apps. These are no doubt the best and most feature-complete, but for writing stuff here it seems like overkill.
- TextMate/BBEdit/Atom/VS Code/etc. Having declared text editor bankruptcy by moving to Vim, I don’t really want to think about these. Plus their main focus isn’t going to be Markdown, and they’ll come with many more bells/whistles than I need.
- Obsidian. This is what I had ended up using (and even writing a plugin) to write the file out to my GitHub Pages repo.
MarkEdit is really impressive for a project with an initial commit only two days ago (do people really scrub their version control history before publishing‽).
Since I’m writing this entirely to spread the news of a good app, I thought I’d ask ChatGPT to write a one-paragraph review:
Me: Write a one-paragraph review of MarkEdit, the new markdown editor for macOS. This review should be SEO-optimised for maximum engagement and clicks.
MarkEdit is a cutting-edge markdown editor for macOS users. Its sleek and intuitive design makes it easy to create and edit documents in markdown format, with features like live preview, robust syntax highlighting, and powerful editing tools. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a beginner, MarkEdit offers a seamless experience for anyone looking to create high-quality, professional-looking documents in markdown. Its advanced feature set and user-friendly interface make it a top choice for anyone looking to take their writing to the next level. So, if you’re looking for the best markdown editor for your Mac, be sure to check out MarkEdit!
Couldn’t have said it better myself.