Typora Reviews

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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.


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.


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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Has the best WYISYWG editor for markdown table support

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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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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.


As can be seen in this issue (http://github.com/t...

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Will be made commercial

As can be seen in this issue (http://github.com/typora/typora-issues/issues/683 ) from the official github issues repository, the maintainers plan to make the app commercial instead of open-sourcing (http://github.com/typora/typora-issues/issues/16 ).

A real pity since it's nice to use and cross-platform.

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works fine on Mac
unable to install it on Linux