By Brett Terpstra
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“This is a godsend.” -Minimal Mac
“If you write in Markdown on the Mac, you need this.” -One Thing Well
"This is not an editor" -The developer
For my French friends: Ce n'est pas un éditeur. C'est un outil de prévisualisation qui fonctionne en tandem avec n'importe quel éditeur de votre choix.
Marked is an advanced previewer (**not an editor**) for MultiMarkdown, Markdown, Text and HTML files, as well as a collection of tools for writers of all ilk. It watches your document for changes, updating the preview any time the file is saved. With a full set of customization options and preview styles, Marked adds an ideal “live” Markdown preview to any text editor and a powerful set of tools to your writing workflow.
Markdown (John Gruber) is a plain-text formatting syntax that you can use anywhere you can type. Many applications are becoming aware of it, and Marked helps you make it work everywhere. Marked uses MultiMarkdown (Fletcher Penney), a superset that adds additional capabilities including metadata, tables and footnotes.
You can also use a custom processor with Marked, making it compatible with any form of Markdown or even other languages such as Textile.
What's New in Version 1.4.3
* Fix for fenced code blocks when exporting without a theme.
I've just installed this and gone over the features with a fine-toothed comb. They are far more complete than I had expected, and quite impressive. I was expecting more or less just a replacement for what's built into Textmate but (AFAIK) not available in Sublime Text. But this has ten times more.
I'm particularly happy with the ability to use alternatives to Markdown, since there are various aspects of Markdown that I find counter-intuitive (the heading system is backwards, where more prominent headings in the Markdown are the less prominent headings in the resulting HTML). So I'm glad I can use this with my own hand-rolled alternative version. Beyond that there are way more features: you really should buy this RIGHT NOW while it's on sale.
If I find it to be buggy I'll lower my rating, but so far it looks fabulous.
UPDATE: the only complaint I have is that the automatic updating does not seem to be consistent. It's kind of slow when it works, and sometimes it doesn't seem to do anything, requiring manual refreshing. I'd like it faster and consistently responsive when I save the file it is displaying.
Overall I'm very happy with Marked and can't imagine giving it up.
I use Marked several times a week, every week, and I would not be able to do my job as efficiently without it. I often have to merge data from disparate sources and the final results need to be nicely formatted Excel files. I do all the parsing, merging and rearranging with regex in BBEdit, format the data as MultiMarkdown tables, and Marked saves an HTML file that I can save and open in Excel. I also use it constantly to validate URL links in complicated Markdown files. Before Marked I had to open all those links individually to ensure they were valid.
Marked truly saves me hours every week. On a couple of occasions I had questions and the developer was quick to respond and very helpful. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Do one thing and do it well
Marked previews markdown. It does that really well. For my workflow, I don't need a markdown editor (that's why I have text editors). I don't need a word processor (that's why I have Pages). Marked lets me read markdown files in a very attractive interface; it lets me export them to PDF if I need that (for printing or distribution). It's speedy and responsive and even handles book-length markdown files without problem. There's even a lovely hierarchical table-of-contents view extracted from the markdown headers to help me navigate those big documents. Yep, this one's a keeper. It does everything I want a markdown viewer to do, and nothing else. And it's not expensive. What's not to love?