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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 24, 2018 at 05:43 PM


In my seemingly endless quest to find a replacement note-taking app to replace Ulysses, I thought I had tried them all. But I just stumbled on an app called Versatil Markdown, which seems to dovetail nicely with my sensibilities:


Among the things I like about VM:

* Displays both internal and external folders and files in the navigator, so I can keep a Dropbox folder in which I can create text files on my Windows PC at work.

* By default, files are displayed in rendered mode. Shifting to edit mode is easy. Among the methods, hover the cursor over the paragraph you want to begin editing and click while holding down command and be put into edit mode right in that paragraph.

* The dedicated spark file. If you want to add something to it while you’re working in another file, just use control-s to save the current document and be shifted into the spark file with the date and time already inserted.

* Rendered documents look great.

* Markdown is pretty standard, although there are some extensions for executing special formatting, such as rendering columns in your document.

* Select a folder and the documents contained within are rendered as preview cards.

There is no iOS app, but that isn’t a problem. I can use any number of markdown enabled iOS editors to create and read notes saved to a common Dropbox folder. It does not do folding.

The price is reasonable ($15 U.S.) and there is no subscription.

I haven’t used it enough to swear that it has no major issues. So far, so good.

Anyway, I hadn’t found Versatil Markdown mention on this forum before, so I’m mentioning it now.

Steve Z.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 24, 2018 at 08:16 PM


Yes, inevitably perhaps I’ve played with Versatil, and I agree, it’s rather good.

I suppose you could add folding, too, because of its support for HTML/CSS/Bootstrap (the complex note that appears on their homepage is a good example of something that definitely wasn’t formatted using Markdown!)

I’d forgotten about it, to be honest. But now I’ll look at it again…


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 25, 2018 at 02:54 PM


There are some missing features with Versatil Markdown that probably make it a non-starter for many. Chief among these is the lack of any search function across documents. There is, of course, a find function when you’re editing a document.

But it remains a nice markdown editor. Better than most, in my opinion.

Steve Z.


Posted by Lucas
Feb 28, 2018 at 07:33 PM


Thanks for this. Recently my free subscription to Ulysses (which I got for having bought the software in the past) came to an end, so I went through my own search. I found many promising candidates, and I was relatively happy with LightPaper, although it hasn’t been updated in almost a year. But today I came to the conclusion that I was using up too much time looking for an alternative, so I went ahead and paid for another year of Ulysses (albeit at the discounted rate they were offering).

My goal now, however, is to use Ulysses exclusively through its ability to load external folders of text/markdown files. In other words, I want to use my own folder structure, so that it’s easy to switch to a different editor should I decide not to re-subscribe next year.

(When I initially tried loading external folders in Versatil, what happened was non-intuitive for me.)


Posted by doablesoftware
Apr 6, 2018 at 08:37 PM


“seemingly endless quest to find a replacement note-taking app to replace Ulysses”


what have you found? which softwares do you use and what is each software specifically used for?


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