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Editorial is a plain text editor for the iPad with powerful automation tools and a beautiful inline preview for writing Markdown.
You can combine a large selection of simple text processing actions into your very own workflows — all in an intuitive drag'n'drop interface that makes it easy to see what's happening.
* Inline Markdown Preview – You can always swipe left to switch to a full HTML preview.
* Extensible with Workflows – Almost 50 configurable actions can be combined into powerful workflows for extending Editorial's feature set.
* Scriptable with Python – You can also integrate scripts into your workflows for even more advanced automation.
* Full Documentation – Editorial comes with a complete set of documentation for all the different workflow actions and Python modules. Help is directly accessible from the workflow and Python editors.
* Sync with Dropbox – You can store your documents in a configurable Dropbox folder, and even view comparisons with older versions to see the progress you've made.
* Smart Keyboard – The extended keyboard was specifically designed for writing Markdown and includes all the special characters you need.
* In-App Browser – If you need to do some quick research while writing, you don't have to leave the app for that.
Could be better.
I bought Editorial few days ago, because I got tired by the unstableness of Wisdom Writer, which was and still is my favorite text editor so far.
I like Editorial. But since I've been using Wisdom Writer for a long time, it is natural to compare these two apps.
Wisdom Writer is the only app that has fully in-place Markdown view. With Editorial and other apps, like iA Writer, which I also have but never use, you have to use 'Preview Mode' to check the final Markdown results. It is unacceptable for me. Wisdom Writer can do that, why not others? It is like throw you back into 80's.
There is full screen mode in Wisdom Writer, but not Editorial. Full screen is very important for the little screen of iPad.
You can change text color in Wisdom Writer, but not in Editorial.
For my work, I think Wisdom Writer is good enough, if it is stable, I mean. So I bought Editorial, and it seems more stable than Wisdom Writer. That is very attractive to me. The worst thing that could happen when you are writing is glitch. That will definitely ruin you thoughts. That is why I will keep using Editorial and hope this text editor could be more prefect so I can stop hopping from one app to another.
BTW, I don't really care about the Workflow function. It is not for me. Why make a text editor so complex?
As conclusion, my wishlist:
1, better Chinese support.
2, fully in-place Markdown view.
3, full screen mode when typing.
4, text color.
The best markdown editor there is
I've been searching around what I would find to be the best markdown editor. This has led me to using both Bywords and iAWriter, but neither of those seemed all that polished. Why does it take two taps to preview the markdown? And why is it so unpleasant typing the markdown? After using those for months, it feels like such a relief using an app that has users in mind.
At first, I was wary of the extent of the features of Editorial. Would I really need to write scripts for my markdown? And truth be told, I haven't even dived that deep into those features. What draws me in is the power this app has, even in the simplest of features. And it's so intuitive to use.
The simple things that put this app above the competition:
One click swipe to preview
Markdown syntax highlighting while writing
Extremely powerful scripting API
If you're looking for a new markdown editor, or even if you're even the slightest bit unsatisfied with your current one, try this. Just try it. I can't imagine that you'd regret the decision.
I only use this for plain text. Word processor apps are few. Most have bad ratings, even the one created by Apple. This one had 4.5 out of 5 stars based on over 100 ratings, so I paid the 5 bucks and downloaded it. I typed a portion of my manuscript to discover that after I make changes to my writing, the app deletes the new changes and reverts to the original text. It also mixes copies of paragraphs around. I scrolled to the top only to find a passage from the middle, copied and pasted at the top. I am convinced that nobody can make a simple word processor app for a tablet. Nope, can't be done.
-I am revising this review. Since I am only using a fraction of its capability, it would be unfair to give it a two star rating. I really like the statistics function. I also use the dropbox app. Editorial is the best 'word' app available. It works very well for an app.