Advanced Markdown Editors – Mark Text and VNote

Mark It Up

Article from Issue 236/2020

Upgrade your Markdown game! Markdown editors Mark Text and VNote both offer a wide range of tools and options for users who want to get the most out of a text editor.

When it comes to text editors, they tend to focus on simplicity. It's not difficult to see why. Markdown was originally introduced as a simplified alternative to existing markup languages, so it appeals to the minimalist users among us. Thus, there are plenty of Markdown-based editors of varying degrees of quality that ride the wave of minimalism and distraction-free writing. Sure, you don't need much if you mostly write README files and pen blog posts. But you'll quickly hit a ceiling if you venture beyond that.

Fortunately, there are several quality Markdown editors that cater to more demanding users, including Mark Text and VNote.

Mark Text

If you are looking for a Markdown editor that offers advanced functionality dressed into an approachable and unobtrusive interface, you can do much worse than giving Mark Text [1] a try. The first thing you'll notice is that the editor is available for several platforms, a real boon if you have to do writing on Linux as well as Windows and macOS. On the project's website, you'll also find DEB and RPM packages compatible with many mainstream Linux distributions. Better still, Mark Text is also distributed as an AppImage self-containing package that requires no installation. Download the AppImage file, make it executable, and then double-click on it to launch the editor. While the file weighs a hefty 103MB, it offers the most straightforward way of running Mark Text.


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