iA Writer – BOOM!

Some things you can’t make up. I was just writing a short piece on how I have, again, ditched Ulysses and went back to my ever trusted iA Writer. I was in need of a reference from their blog and read their post BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!!

Woah! Windows app, web-collaboration! Excellent!

I was just describing how would I set up Atom.io into a fake-iA Writer on Windows, which now is redundant. For once I’m happy some work was in vain!

Looking forward to the Kickstarter and of course both app and service. I have been a fan of the app since it has been released and look forward to what is coming up.

‘From Raw to Cooked to Sushi’

In iA Writer 5: From Raw to Cooked to Sushi – iA:

In every design iteration, our individual versions evolved from the raw, to the complex, to the simple. Overall, we have reached a point where our adventure now leads, not back to a raw app, not onward to a more complex app, but upwards to a simpler app.

An interesting look and preview of what’s to come in iA Writer. Especially the hint that a Windows version might be in the works is interesting.

but we are now more than ever focused on offering iA Writer on different platforms.

Check the post for more info.

Caret – A Markdown Editor

I was looking for a Markdown editor on Windows and found with ‘Caret’ a great cross-platform solution

Even though I have been getting more and more accustomed using WYSIWYG editors for writing and blogging1 over the course of the last few months, I somehow have missed my precious plain-text-workflows. Every now and then, like just-for-the-old-times-sake did some work on a plain-text file. Not sure why, but I missed it.

Having moved over to Windows a while ago, I have used my Atom.io setup every time I wanted/needed to write in Markdown and was rather contempt with it. It was nice, worked but it wasn’t really inspiring and needed a surprising amount of maintenance.

For some reason, maybe even out of boredom, I was searching the other day for Markdown editors on Windows and re-discovered Caret.io, which previously turned up in my Google Now recommendations, and I was immediately intrigued.

It features a minimal design and it’s feature list hits all the right spots and has everything that I usually need:

  • Light/dark mode
  • typewriter mode
  • focus mode
  • autocomplete/autoformatting
  • GoTo headings
  • shortcuts to access recent files and stuff

Additionally it has a slew of keyboard shortcuts for text-selections and what not. In short: I felt right away at home.

There are things which could be improved, for example I would like to see a shortcut for adding footnotes and the have the file-name/path to disappear when switching into full-screen mode, but these are small things.

I needed only a little bit of testing to purchase the application, which is available at their website.

And yes, the font I am using is Consolas, which I have come to like a lot. Especially the italics are very nice.

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  1. Have a look at the post on Google Docs