If you haven’t heard of Markdown before, its creator describes it as,
a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Markdown, but have never really seen where such a tool would fit into my workflow. In the past, I’ve typically just created HTML content using a text editor such as Coda or Espresso. Lately, however, I’ve been writing more content and designing less so it doesn’t make as much sense to write all of the HTML code by hand. That’s where Markdown the Mou Markdown Editor comes in handy.
I first read about the Mou editor in this blog post at mac.appstorm.net and was impressed with the app’s preview panel and simple UI. I downloaded a free Beta version of the app and fell in love instantly. I’ve written just about all of my HTML content over the last few days in Mou and have been really happy with the expeience.
In Mou, you write/edit your content using simple Markdown formatting (which can be learned in a few minutes) in the left pane. The right pane provides a real-time preview of the HTML content.
One of my favorite features are the easy export to HTML – Cmd + E to create an HTML document or Actions > Copy HTML to copy the HTML source to your clipboard. When exporting an HTML file, you can choose whether or not to include the CSS.
In some teaser posts on Twitter, the developer notes that future version of the app will include the ability to create custom CSS styes and create lists from the Actions menu.
If you’re a Mac user and spend any significant time writing HTML content, I suggest giving this application a try!