Markdown to html on the terminal

terminalIf you are well-versed in markdown, you don’t need a fully-blown editor with preview to write in markdown. For example, I am writing this article using vim. However, to post the article I need to convert it to html. Many web based markdown editors support that. Today I came across an easy to use python module which does the same. Continue reading Markdown to html on the terminal

Classeur: web markdown editor


It’s been some time I’ve been using StackEdit for drafting articles. While StackEdit has everything I need, it needs considerable memory to run and render the preview. I found a new service that is equally capable but very light – Classeur. I must admit the design of Classeur seemed a bit odd to me at first, but once I found my way around, it’s quite cool. Continue reading Classeur: web markdown editor

WordGrinder: B&W word processing


Serious authors do not like the word-processing system coming in the way of writing. For example, auto-corrections and suggestions should not block the flow. Call him old school but Sci-Fi writer Robert J. Sawyer prefers WordStar for these very reasons. may like him do. For Linux users, WordGrinder fits the bill. Continue reading WordGrinder: B&W word processing

ghostwriter: markdown on Ubuntu

Looking for a native markdown editor for Ubuntu, we came across ghostwriter. We have covered Markdown editors like uText or Haroopad or Stackedit earlier. Many of they were reasonably good but were bulky or had lots of dependencies. ghostwriter depends only on Qt and provides a nice (GitHub) markdown experience. We specifically liked features like the live preview (not side-by-side though), distraction-free mode and in-menu markdown options (so that you don’t need to remember a lot of syntax and can focus on the writing). Continue reading ghostwriter: markdown on Ubuntu

StackEdit: awesome markdown editor

StackEdit is another beautiful online markdown editor in the lines of Laverna which we explored earlier. The same article touches many other online Markdown editors but StackEdit is probably the best of the lot. Using StackEdit is a delight due to its smooth design and powerful professional features. Continue reading StackEdit: awesome markdown editor

GitBook introduces WebEditor

If you remember from our earlier article, GitBook is a GitHub integrated publishing service for authors. Initially it offered a desktop client for writing the books. In the latest development, they are now ready with a web based book editor – the GitBook WebEditor, completely integrated with the GitBook platform and GitHub. Continue reading GitBook introduces WebEditor

Haroopad & Scribbleton: next-gen doc processors

Markdown and Wiki-style editors are quite popular among web-authors. We wrote about web-based versatile editors like Laverna earlier. This article covers two more fantastic editors for the writer in you.


Not just another Markdown editor, Haroopad is tightly coupled with the cloud including smart media integration from 50+ online services. It’s still under heavy development and promises many features at the time of writing. Let’s take a quick look:

  • Import content from YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Slideshare, Flickr, Instagram, Soundcloud, Wikipedia, Pastebin…
  • Export documents to WordPress, Tumblr, MediaWiki, EPub, ReStructured Text, RTF (promised). Currently supports HTML and PDF (needs Adobe Reader).
  • Export to clipboard.
  • LaTeX mathematical expressions using MathJax.
  • Supports Markdown (Github Flavour), has ability to build extensions for making custom features.
  • Supports lots of modern themes in editing area, skins for transformed documents, UI components for interactive experiences and syntax highlighting for various programming languages.
  • Documents can be transformed into a blog system, WordPress, Evernote and Tumblr. Supports sending documents as email.
  • Vim-like editing mode.
  • Supports Linux, Windows and Mac.

Download the package for your system from Haroopad website.


Wiki-style document processor to link among your notes. Features:

  • Personal wiki. Store everything from quick notes, to detailed checklists for work, to the outline for that next bestseller novel.
  • Easily create clickable links between words, phrases, and pages to quickly locate cross-reference information.
  • Export individual pages or entire wikis.
  • Access and edit your data from any machine on the network using a shared drive.
  • Local storage only.
  • Supports Linux, Windows and Mac.

Download the package for your system from Scribbleton website.

Palm Note: useful smartphone note manager

palm_note_compPalm Note is a rich note manager with powerful features. It communicates with several web services in order to store or provide accurate information. It is easier to use on bigger screens and has a clean look and feel. Top features include:

  • Google Maps integration
  • Barcode scanner
  • Real-time note syncing across all devices
  • Built-in OCR to extract text from photos
  • Supports markdown
  • Supports Android (4.0+ and iOS 7+)
  • Free of cost


The devs should revisit certain areas to turn this into a winner.

  • Takes a long time to start up of a reasonably fast Android. The tagline claim “…built for speed” fails in results.
  • The bulk shows in the user experience. The apk is 16MB.
  • Needs Google or FB login before taking a single note! Holy crap!
  • Android apk has to be downloaded manually. Not available in Google Play yet.

However, if the features still seem useful to you and you have a powerful processor on your smartphone or tablet, I would recommend trying it out.

Webpage: Palm Note