Marked 2.5.11 adds new features, enhanced compatibility

Marked 2.5.11 adds new features, enhanced compatibility

Marked 2 is a macOS app that does one thing very, very well -- it previews Markdown and other text markup languages like HTML and OPML so that writers see rendered and styled versions before publishing them. Make a change in your favorite text editor, and Marked 2 changes the preview instantly. After a year of hard work, Marked 2 developer Brett Terpstra is releasing Marked 2.5.11 (943) today with a number of new features, improvements and fixes.

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Desk 3.0 now available in Mac App Store, latest iteration of simple text editor

Desk 3.0 now available in Mac App Store, latest iteration of simple text editor

Of all of the various writing and blogging tools for the Mac, one of my perennial favorites is Desk by John Saddington. The app provides a truly minimal interface that doesn't get between a writer and a blank piece of virtual paper, and for WordPress bloggers it's one of the easiest ways to write and publish posts. Desk 3.0 is now available, designed especially for macOS Sierra with better tools for managing stories.

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Ulysses 2.5: The best writing tool just got better. An AWT Top Pick for 2016

Ulysses 2.5: The best writing tool just got better. An AWT Top Pick for 2016

I have been using Ulysses as my writing tool of choice for several years, and with the release today of Ulysses 2.5, the best writing tool just got better. Perhaps the most impressive achievement of today's combined release of Ulysses 2.5 for iOS ($19.99) and Ulysses 2.5 for Mac ($44.99) is that developers The Soulmen have accomplished something no other development firm has been able to do -- create a distraction-free writing tool that works equally well on any iOS or OS X device. 

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Ulysses for Mac 2.0 and Ulysses for iPad: A dynamic text editing duo

Ulysses for Mac 2.0 and Ulysses for iPad: A dynamic text editing duo

For developers, just updating one app can be a major undertaking. So imagine what the team at The Soulmen went through recently when they updated both their Ulysses for Mac Version 2.0 text editing app and created a new companion iPad app. After a long beta period for both apps, they’re now available and I’m happy to say that they’re both fantastic.

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Desk v 1.2 update adds visual themes, separates WYSIWYG and Markdown modes

Desk v 1.2 update adds visual themes, separates WYSIWYG and Markdown modes

For writers, it’s impossible to have too many text editors. Every one seems to have some feature that works better in one situation than another, so I find myself bouncing back and forth between the different Mac text and Markdown editors on the market. One of my favorites has been developer John Saddington's Desk (US$29.99), a simple-to-use editor with some surprising power built into it. Now Desk has been updated to version 1.2, adding some new features while retaining all of its user-friendliness.

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