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Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 16, 2016 at 03:54 PM


Textnut, a pleasant but somewhat idiosyncratic Markdown editor for MacOS, has just been given a big update. With a new three-pane appearance plus support for iCloud - plus a nice new iOS client (not quite as fully featured as the desktop version, but the developer promises swift updates), it’s become a very attractive alternative to the big boys (notably Ulysses).

The latest version of Textnut is well worth a look.


Posted by Marcos D.
Feb 17, 2016 at 07:12 PM


I have just installed the Mac and iOS versions and first impression is really good. Seems to be a robust product, sync between Mac OSX and iOS is perfect and integration with blogger is working fine (I miss this integration in Ulysses).


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 17, 2016 at 07:34 PM


I also love the fact that it already runs on iPhone/iPod, and integrates not only with iCloud, but with (any folder in) Dropbox, too.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 18, 2016 at 09:44 AM


Sorry, should have said iPhone, iPod, iPad. And it’s TextNut, not Textnut.

Also worth mentioning that you can customise its appearance fairly extensively, that it has a Zen mode (for non-distraction writing), a built-in wordcount and various other thoughtful features.

The desktop version has a fairly efficient search engine (although no highlighting within text contents, so not as good as Ulysses). The iOS version doesn’t yet have this, but it’s been promised.

The iOS version allows you to create subfolders in your Libraries; the desktop version doesn’t appear to, but deals quite happily with subfolders if they’re already there (in Dropbox folders, for example).

The editor uses a rich-text interface – you can enter Markdown codes, but they are immediately shown as rich text (rather than the kind of hybrid Markdown used by e.g. Ulysses, Letterspace et al.). You can switch to a traditional Markdown look if you prefer (which does give you a hybrid preview), and of course there’s an option to see a full preview of the resulting output, too.

Finally, it has an extensive range of output options; PDF, HTML, RTF and Markdown. It integrates with WordPress, Blogger and Medium (the blogs you’ve connected to are shown, quite sensibly, in a separate section of the output menu).

It is, in short, a whole different app!


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