I really don't see how an app that implements maybe 1% of all useful features a good editor has could compete for the attention of technical users.
The way I usually collaborate on things like papers / technical documentation is to assign specific sections, parts of the exposition to different people. I think it is rarely productive to edit the same part of the document at the same time, but I might be wrong or simply haven't found a use case.
Admittedly so far I have used Latex for serious projects, there you simply create a master skeleton file and then people work on different sections individually. The choice of editor then doesn't matter. Something similar could be done with org mode.
I've only used org mode only for personal note taking, todo lists and drafting documentation, but I would imagine it would scale fairly well to small teams using it.
If instead you had only said that YOU enjoy doing that, there would be nothing to disagree with.
Generally, I think it's a pretty good principle to refrain from making blanket statements about how other peoples' projects are unnecessary or whatever.
You can try the demo at sandstorm.io (install brainstorm as an app)
Or you can try a slightly older version here: http://brainstorm-notes.meteor.com/board/Home
Is that similar to what you're looking for?
Someday I'll build the perfect note-taking application, quote me on that!
Unfortunately I haven't extracted it for public consumption yet, but feel free to take a shot.
The mou/macdown/classeur approach is to have a preview that can be toggled or visible in split screen mode. Conversely, notes.app on Mac works really well and you can write and read notes on the same "space" but it doesn't support markdown.
Maybe I am an edgecase, but I would like to write notes in markdown and have them render line by line so that I have one document and not an editor and a display. Almost wrote one myself but the opportunity cost of spending weeks making it (if I could even deliver) would likely not offset the bit of frustration I get using another editor.
If this exists, I want it bad.
 or like 3 lines at a time or whatever.
 in such a short comment.
Great product and does seem to have an awesome workflow, being quite close to what I want. It is a bit pricey ($29.99) for a note taking app but if it fulfilled your use case, it could be worth it for the boost in your productivity.
I agree, it is a bit expensive, but I felt it was well worth it; I now use it for literally all of my document processing, technical documentation, personal writing, proposals, literally everything. Because it runs through Pandoc, I can produce amazingly professional looking documents for everything. It's one of my favourite applications by far!
It uses conceal to show bold/italic text and plain markdown on your editing line
Editorially did this well and was well-recieved but for some reason people are not really filling the void.
I'm especially surprised it's not more popular on mobile where 2 panes waste real estate and whole-screen toggling is jarring. The only mobile editor with in-place formatting I know is Writer & [Writer Plus].
[Writer Plus]: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.easy4u.writ...
I'm working on https://mathdown.net [https://github.com/cben/mathdown] which does in-place formatting. It's comparable to Stackedit or Classeur in that it's simply "syntax highlighting", e.g. headings are big and emphasis is italic.
- The formatting chars (#, * etc) are still visible, just a bit de-emphasized. I know many people prefer them to disappear except near the cursor. That's trickier to implement with good UX, and not planned soon (PRs welcome of course).
- There is no inline image preview (yet). Nor tables, diagrams, embedded videos... Even links are not (yet) clickable.
+ There is nice in-place LaTeX math rendering (slighly buggy but very usable). This is my biggest unique feature [https://github.com/cben/CodeMirror-MathJax]. Comparable to Overleaf.com's "rich text" mode.
+ I'm doing "soft indent" [https://www.mathdown.net/?doc=demo-indentwrap]. This is a really low-hanging way to make one-long-line-per-paragraph usable, which IMHO is essential for in-place styling.
+ Leading indentation (and list bullets/numbers/quotation) is monospaced to help align stuff.
If anybody's building their own, I'm using and strongly recommend CodeMirror. It makes mixed fonts - things like bigger headings - really trivial and supports arbitrary embedded "widgets". @benweet pulled off polished in-place formatting in StackEdit (and on top of contenteditable but that's way harder...
I've been looking for an application setup with what I could write my personal (research) journal using vim with markdown annotation and with embedded multimedia (screencaptures, mostly). It would be great to have a possibility to attach files to notes, too.
Of course I would like the setup to be open source. Does anyone have similar needs and perhaps solutions for them? I tried atom with vim-bindings-plugin and markdown-preview but somehow the UI just didn't cut it for me when compared to a native vim.
Please, share your setup if you have anything that resembles my need!
 https://github.com/no-silo/stash-design, https://github.com/no-silo/stash-server
vim notes is very good at quickly jotting down and bringing up things from vim; much better than vim-wiki, in my experience. While it can export to html, since the main interface is vim it is not that nice for embedding images and such. Therefore I use vim notes mostly for stuff related to coding, which is naturally text-friendly.
For research notes and results, I've been using zim-wiki.
While it has a GUI, it is a text-based format. Whenever I feel the need for vim shortcuts I just open the page in an external editor (vim), which is even supported in the GUI.
The markup is not markdown but something similar to mediawiki, which is annoying but not a deal breaker. It can embed images, tables and latex equations (though the UI for this could be better; instead of a directly using $$ in the markup, there's a dialog). Since you mention screenshots, it also has a "embed screenshot" plugin which I've been using a lot more than I thought I would. It's also open source and has what seems like a healthy community.
I tried http://Marxi.co, the so-called "missing Markdown editor for Evernote," but had enough syncing issues during the brief ten-day trial to put me off purchasing a subscription.
There's also a Sublime plugin that offers two-way Markdown conversion into Evernote, but I only have Sublime as a native app, not on mobile or web. https://github.com/timlockridge/SublimeEvernote
Perhaps with Evernote's renewed focus on core product, they'll take a look at improving the experience of the text editor.
1. It's really easy to move things around. Moving a section up or down, re-ordering lists, etc. is done with very simple keyboard shortcuts.
2. You can embed source code in your document and you can also execute it and have the result inserted inside the document. This is great if you are describing a piece of code and you want to give examples.
3. Editing tables in org-mode is very easy and very nice.
I edit mainly using the web interface, but you can also edit the "tiddlers" (each note) using any text editor. The note has it's metadata at the beginning of the file.
I think I'm only using a very small % of TW's capabilities, but it feels like a very powerful tool.
On a mac, VooDooPad fits the bill but it is not open source and its future looks murky. If it were open source with an active community of users I think I would use it.
This has kept me on vimwiki with .md extensions so that vim will at least do syntax highlighting for markdown. You can easily link to local multimedia files, but they don't display inline. As a bonus, a diary entry for the day is just <leader>w<leader>w away.
If you were willing to trade markdown for asciidoc (same goal, different execution), then a combination of asciidoc in vim simultaneously with the asciidoc previewed in google chrome could be a good approximation of what you want. Embedded images work quite well because you can easily specify the final width you want the image to take, on the page... for example. Finally, you can easily produce a pdf with 'a2x'.
Also, this page is interesting:
Are you asking for a WYSIWIG editor (one that shows you markdown and/or rendered html and pictures), or are you asking for a workflow where you dump some images in a folder and edit post.md, and link to images with markdown tags?
I don't (yet) actually need/use a blog - but just to see what I might be able to recommend others that ask, I had a look for stuff that works with github pages, and found Jekyll Now: https://github.com/barryclark/jekyll-now
I wouldn't say it's a great work-flow (there are gnarly bits with Jekyll, with using git, with hosting on github, with tweaking the themes...) -- but overall the out-of-box experience is good. It's not a WYSIWYG-happy-blog type situation, but it is a sane-defaults, not that-hard-if-you're prepared to install some things -- and crucially, it can run in a local "serve" mode that watches the filesystem for changes and gives a near-live preview:
gem install github-pages
# Clone down your fork
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:<uid>/<uid>.github.io.git
# Serve the site and watch for markup/sass changes
[edit: I should probably add that what I've actually been using myself lately is just IPython (for solving assignments in basic calculus and statistics). Sadly doesn't work with the "It's all text!"-plugin/external editor for vimperator as it doesn't use "plain" input-fields -- so if you do "real" writing, rather than just some code (and graphs generated from said code), you'll probably be better off with something more focused on the Markdown part, like Jekyll]
I think I will have to take a look at that jekyll now next. :)
Yes. In general you'd want either a full URL or a local, relative URL, in order to source images from "the clipboard" to vim. Perhaps there are some plug-ins that allow drag-n-drop? There certainly must be some plug-ins for vim that could watch a folder(tree) and auto-complete (so you could have your blog.git/images-folder, and paste an image there, then link that via an image-tag in markdown, and have vim auto-/omni-complete the name, so you could easily link to images/filename-of-pasted-image.jpg).
Generally, most mature markdown-blogging solutions will have some form of live-relaod -- so all you need is to trigger a write to disk in order to see an update in the browser. Not quite as-you-type -- but probably good enough.
Maybe you could use write markdown and convert to HTML5 using Pandoc? Your multimedia could be included with some embedded HTML. If you automate the compilation process suitably, you can have your journal open in your browser while writing in Vim, and see the result almost real-time.
With non-Atom (e.g. Vim), https://github.com/yyjhao/markmon does fast DOM-diffing preview (I think it inspired markdown-preview-plus).
Different direction: instead of multimedia inside markdown, consider something that mixes markdown, multimedia and other fragments. I'm specifically thinking IPython or Sage notebook. Not sure it's a win in itself but there are many other benefits for research notes...
Finally, for those comfortable with latex writing, Overleaf in rich text mode is a quite good middle road — not markdown but less noise than raw latex:
(overleaf also has git access for offline)
For math in markdown, https://github.com/cben/mathdown/wiki/math-in-markdown lists all tools I'm aware off.
> I don't need embedded multimedia, but I rather use a lot of Unicode characters for mathematics.
Do you mean you use unicode as poor man's math support, or that you do render via pandoc/mathjax/etc but prefer to have $β^2$ rather than $\beta^2$ in the source?
I'm curious, does in-place whole-formula rendering solve your need or do you actually care about unicode symbols in source?
And how would you ideally want to type them? "\be" offering autocompletion to β? http://kasperpeulen.github.io/PressAndHold/ ?
Hope to see more of this as application and not as web apps, I really don't like this new web apps trend.
I think the desktop apps will be probably also web apps... (built with nw.js or electron).
Of course for smaller shops, donation or freeware etc, it's fine.
And for apps like Slack, which are glorified web pages.
Years ago developers used to code websites on languages intended for the OS (tools to make that easier was there) and today we see the opposite.
I'm not sure I'm the target audience (would be hard to justify spending $5/month given my current workflow) but it would be an excellent way to collaborate. If it could handle really large documents, including organizing them into sections, this would be an outstanding tool for commenting on a student's dissertation (in particular, using a tablet).
I will use if for some time and see if it can replace my evernote too.
I love Quiver, but syncing it across multiple computers through iCloud is not reliable, otherwise it would practically be perfect.
StackEdit is great, but I don't like how it's tied to a browser. I also don't like being forced to store everything on an external server. I'm willing to make an exception for iCloud because it's so damn convenient -- it's the only form of cloud storage that I use for personal documents.
From reading this thread, I see that Classeur is from the same creator, which is great news :)
Unfortunately, there's no desktop client yet, so it'd be nice to use something else until then.
I currently store markdown (general insensitive documentation that doesn't need to be kept local) and Ruby/Objective-C files (for snippets/examples) on iCloud and read/edit/run them with Textmate.
I'd love to use Vesper, but no Mac client makes it a no go.
The top menu fails to work when in full-screen browser mode (on chrome) because the "you've gone fullscreen" popup blocks access to the top menu.
Not to nitpick, but did anyone else find that some (important) keyboard shortcuts were missing? Ctrl/Alt-Backspace in particular didn't work for me. Though I guess vim doesn't have support for that either.
Non-standard markdown but a welcome decision.
Numbered lists with gaps and line breaks are still impossible sadly. I'll see if my other personal pet gripes against Markdown are handled any differently when I remember what they are.
Admittedly Word and many other wysiwyg editors are sometimes less than helpful in this area but at least it's possible without resorting to tricks such as using double-dots to defeat the auto-formatting.
And that's why I don't like it. I want to be able to wrap the source without forcing the output to wrap too. Totally a preference thing. Wish there was a way to change it according to your preference.