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By Kenneth Ballenegger

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Macchiato is a simple plain text editor with a twist. Modeled after TextEdit's plain text mode, the editor is a chrome-less blank canvas. However, it is built from the ground up for writing Markdown prose—and, as such, it will format Markdown text as you write it. Macchiato will not *parse* your Markdown. Rather, it will *stylize* your Markdown source.

### Lion ###

Macchiato is a first-class citizen on Mac OS X Lion, and embraces all of the new Lion features:

* Full-screen mode: for when you need to focus.
* Auto-saving: your work is always safe.
* Version history: go back in time, if you screw up.

What's New in Version 1.2

- Typographical themes.
- Color themes.
- Markup characters are now subdued, making for a more natural reading experience.
- Plain text support.
- Improved user interface.
- Supports Universal Markdown Type Identifier.
- Many bug fixes and performance improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Ease of Use Limited

Cool Idea: "stylize" markdown text. Why? In one glance, I could see how the markdown modifiers changed the plaintext. This is a differentiator.

However, the implementation is sub-par. Additionally, I found printing - yes, regular printing - impossible. As in, it didn't work/function properly (or at all). This program requires more bug fixes and perfomance improvements. Additionally, I would welcome more beautiful stylization. At this time, I would say buyer beware.


This app massively needs an update or should just GO AWAY!


Awesome little app, I've been waiting for something like this for a while.

No Unicode Support!

I spent $20 and found I couldn't type Chinese in the app. Please fix this issue ASAP, then it would be a 5-star app!

View in Mac App Store
  • $19.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 1.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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