Todo Lists: Hitting C-Space marks the item as done or not done. It also creates a progress indicator on parent TODO items.
- [.] Do something
- [X] Something 1
- [ ] Something 2
- [ ] Something 3
Tables are auto-formatted to match the text you put into them.
All of this is entirely possible with plain text files, vimwiki just makes it easier to do. It's even compatible with markdown formatted files.
Does it have its own build/rendering engine, or can I use one I already know (Pandoc)?
And frankly, I simply consider it to be a wiki. I rarely if ever find the need to export it out. Makes for a great personal wiki if you're already in Vim.