78 Tools for Writing and Previewing Markdown

"Markdown is a text-based markup language created by John Gruber in 2004 as a way to write in an easy-to-read format that can be converted into HTML. It uses a very simple formatting syntax of familiar punctuation and characters, which makes writing content for the web a faster and more intuitive experience.

As Markdown grows in popularity, new tools and applications have sprung up to cater to writing, converting and previewing the markup language. From tutorials, WordPress plugins and books to dedicated Markdown Service Tools for OS X, there is a wealth of excellent resources available.

This is an ambitious review of desktop applications – both Windows and Mac. Note that you may already have one of these apps, as just about any text editor will do. Often the problem is finding something that will show Mardown output – liked Marked. Yes, this post is being writing in Markdown, I’m not that fond of looking at naked, distracting (maybe because they are naked?) html pages.