Editorial markdown app equivalent for mac osx
does anybody have some good suggestions for an editorial equivalent app for mac osx? i've been out on the road for over a year with only an itouch and editorial became my go to writing app b/c i love to write. i really love markdown but editorial's dropdown header navigation feature is what is most important to me as my documents tend to be large with lots of headers. without some way to navigate the document HEADERS IN THE EDITOR EASILY VIA APP FUNCTIONALITY , a markdown tool is almost useless to me.
UNFORTUNATELY, i didn't realize editorial didn't have an equivalent app for osx when i committed learning it and creating a couple hundred documents for it that i can no longer easily edit now that i'm back on my macbook! kind of pissed off about that actually to be honest.
so i'm wasting a lot of time now looking for yet another app to work with my editorial md docs on my laptop. what i see are probably 20-50 available markdown apps, some with crap reviews and i can't really determine which of the better reviewed ones actually have the key navigation feature that i require so badly. i don't want to pay for the app to find out i can't navigate my documents easily and must resort solely to scrolling a long document.
fwiw, i bought ulysses at the same time i downloaded editorial. ulysses had all these great reviews but it was hard to decipher aspects of the app from the site alone so i trusted the reviewers and paid the ridiculous app price / installed it. to be honest, after putting it through it's paces, i think it's way overpriced and had a lot of flaws especially on my device. the biggest one is it doesn't work with traditional text files like editorial which means i have to convert all my documents over and commit to using their proprietary and confusing underlying management scheme which locks me in to this app which i already have reservations about having dealt with their tech support many times over the last year. in short, don't recommend ulysses to me as an editorial complement app on mac osx b/c it's not! :)
features i want
- easy inline markdown editing (common to most all of these though i do like editorial's highlight plus auto wrap with asterisks when typing 1 to 3 asterisks!)
- easy way to navigate long documents by headers in a separate outline or navigator pane vs scrolling (MUST HAVE THIS!)
- auto synch preview to position in editor (editorial did NOT have this and you have to scroll in preview to find current editor position which is pita for long docs you make a lot of changes to)
- multiple open files in tabs so you can easily switch back and forth between them (i don't think editorial has this either)
- files are stored as regular text files (universal format) vs proprietary / non-text containers so my work can shared and backed readily and easily between different platforms and apps
Many of us have been hoping that Editorial would get ported to Mac - I certainly would buy it.
Like you, I also bought Ulysses mainly on the hype surrounding it. I certainly think its a quality app, but in practice I've found Editorial to be more flexible / practical over the last year.
Unfortunately, it seems that Editorial hasn't been getting lots of love recently from omz. Perhaps he's busy with other things - or maybe the next big version is about to drop - I don't know.
But the two big things on my wishlist are: (a) integrated iCloud Drive sync, and (b) Mac OSX port.
I am happy with Multimarkdown Composer (version 3, non sandboxed; you can download it aften buying the app in the App Store). It ticks all your boxes (it just uses separate windows instead of tabs). You can give a try to the demo.
I have used it for hours every day for about one year and is stable (no problems in the last 6 months), functional and a pleasure to my eyes. I use it often together with Marked 2 when I need more control on the export functions or wish to use a grammar checker.
Since you use Editorial you will probably miss RegEx, but you can always open your file with fx Brackets, do search/replace with RegEx and open the file again with MMC.
[I have no connection with MMC and there are probably other valid alternatives]