For the few devices where I don't have it installed, I use Mark Text which is free, open source, cross platform, and lets me edit the same notes (stored locally, and synced to my NAS and OneDrive).
I truly don't understand why so many people are using centralised cloud sync notes, giving up file system access to your files and any reliability that you'll still have access to your notes in the future. People who are serious enough about note taking to require a markdown editor in the first place should be the same people who'd like to make sure their notes will still be available a few years from now. Not to mention the handiness of having your local filesystem when handling notes, eg being able to create a shortcut file in a project directory to link to relevant notes in your notes folder, and do that from multiple different project folders. Or being able to reorganise in bulk, rename in bulk, search/replace, all that stuff OSes have been working on for decades that <Insert Note App Startup> has listed in the TODO section of their readme.
I get access to my notes across all my devices via a friendly interface dedicated to note-taking activities.
I can trivially add images on any of those devices as a straightforward part of that interface, which is a big deal for a healthy percentage of my notes.
I can trivially search across them on all my devices.
Anyway, that’s why. Obviously you disagree with my priorities, but perhaps now you’ll at least understand why I’ve made that decision.
edit: Didn't mean to criticize so much! I've found Notion is great for taking nice plain text notes on the go that I can instantly access on my other devices. In the past I achieved this with Syncthing, but Notion's syncing is much less finicky, and fast -- it takes less than a second to sync! Plus there's a share menu.
And every single one is built on Electron, takes hundreds of megabytes to install, some gigabytes to build while claiming to be "minimal".
> I don't really understand why they're useful
The rendered view usually looks eye-candy which is a factor of inspiration. E.g. I experience immediate emotional reward as soon as I write something in Typora, it feels like calligraphy while is effortless. It's a dopamine trigger which can encourage you to structure and write the stuff down which is good for productivity.
This also means you can produce pretty-looking structured documents while storing them in a concise format which is trivial to both read and to process on almost every machine. You can also use a script to turn an markdown it into a beautiful print-ready PDF by means of LaTeX.
I've even switched to Typora from MS Word.
Needless to say it is particularly convenient to publish Markdown on GitHub pages.
> Markdown seems like the one language that's most suited to a simple text editor
It is, by design, yet rendered view is more pleasure to write and to read.
TBH I haven't used it as an editor, just to read md offline (e.g. curl a github readme.md).
I primarily use it for MathJax for math.stackexchange.com.
An alternative is moeditor.
- Free and open-source
- Support end-to-end encryption
- Synchronization via NextCloud or Dropbox
- Allows you to import notes from EverNote
- Has a web clipper
I’d love something of this caliber that is open source. Maybe I should write one myself :)
An alternative is to directly to github and download one of the releases: https://github.com/BoostIO/Boostnote/releases
I recently discovered Bear App, which was a nice alternative to Apple Notes, but just wish it was offered on Linux :(
edit: I love electron btw