That said, I hope Typora does well. No matter what I'm using for notes, I always find myself preferring to use Typora's editor because its design is so clean and usable. Its a perfect example of "Do one thing well". This one-time, $15 purchase (instead of a never-ending subscription) also feels in line with what has been nothing but a great user experience in the several years I've used Typora.
Also, don't really care its closed source since all the files are local markdown. I also suspect the community of people only using open source note taking software isn't large enough to keep a developer sufficiently well paid to continue working on a project.
Obsidian is my new Emacs, it rules my life through some plugins I've written for myself, it can be a simple focus driven markdown editor like Typora if I need it to be, or a full knowledge suite like Notion and the likes of that all while managed by git.
I can't see a reason as to why I would ever use Typora over Obsidian, but I might not be the target user.
Sounds to me like Obsidian is a Markdown editor too ;-) Granted it has a somewhat specific purpose but I don't find it too strange to compare them.
> Obsidian - Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.
Just because two applications have somewhat the same features - the purpose of the application as stated by the developers is different and with that there are different kind of optimization and shortcomings . ;-)
Having tried both tools, I'd say that the "venn diagram" between Typora and Obsidian is one small circle almost completely overlapped by a huge one.
Obsidian's back links are pretty great and holding alt over them will give you a Wikipedia-style snapshot of the note, or you can control click to open it in a new window.
I use it as a knowledge IDE for college and work, and as such it lacks the simplicity that Typora has; I think they're aiming for two different markets
And all of that while keeping hold of your data in simple readable formats! while the software isn't OSS, it is free and you can use any older version to sync with your server of choice. The extension ecosystem is insanely healthy, productive, and easy to write your own that works on both desktop and mobile.
Note: If you are on Linux DO NOT INSTALL THE SNAP - its really, really slow. The flatpak or AppImage are perfectly fine.
Obsidian still doesn't replicate Typora's clean aesthetic though. It's something I really wish it had - some kind of clean Zen mode. A clean theme / zen plugin is on my list of wishful weekend hack TODOs.
I do find myself editing my obsidian files inside of Typora on a semi-regular basis.
I guess the new licensing is why, heh.
Whenever I read such statements, I always find myself wondering: What's their plan for when the product is discontinued? It's a "when", not an "if", after all.
If you paid $15 and 10 years later that license no longer works, you got your money's worth, time for a new editor. Like we treat all paid software.
And once, the product is discontinued, they still could release an update disabling the license check.
You can't guarantee that even with DRM, since it's breakable.
> And once, the product is discontinued, they still could release an update disabling the license check.
They could, but what if they don't? It's not like they're legally obligated to escrow their source code in case they don't, or anything like that.
Since you purchased the licence from this very server, there's no point in worrying it'll be down, except you purchased it like 3yrs ago and would like to activate it now.
I feel that if you don't control your data, then you don't have your data. A license that might evaporate means your data exists at somebody else's whim. I'd move it out of that system fast.
For all markdown docs now I've moved to just using VS Code with a live reload UI, the best DevUX I've found is VitePress  which immediately updates on save and shows the real thing, i.e. exactly how the docs will look including rendering any custom markdown-it extensions or Vue Components embedded in the page.
One free Markdown editor I have started using is Notable  which has become a worthy replacement to Notepad for manually managing TODO notes & sporadic text files in a neat simple UI with built-in search, pin working docs and custom labels for quick organization and retrieval. It works exactly how I wanted it to as a minimal UI for editing static .md files in a directory with all metadata stored in frontmatter that displays preview mode by default and an unobtrusive text mode when editing it.
$15 is a no brainer given how much I personally use it. Have recently found myself dipping into/staying in vscode more and more for version controlled markdown though.
Thanks for no subscription etc gimmicks.
This is apparently in contrast to most software developers, given the feedback here. Obsidian doesn't work for me for this reason.
Something I like too (not sure if it exists somewhere else) is the ability to copy/paste an article (let's say from medium) directly in the WYSIWYG mode. You basically get your article just like it is being displayed on medium: h1 detected, paragraphs, bold etc. OOTB. Really nice.
Edit: also try the VSCode extension [vscode-markdown-it-pandoc ](https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ickc.vsc...) which applies the markdownit extension in PanWriter to VSCode’s markdown extension.
I'll use this opportunity to say once again that I hate Markdown. We need to have a Web 2.0 style evolution for documents and document fragments using both HTML and Unicode. In 2021 it is absolutely insane that I can easily add an emoji with varying shades but I can't add basic formatting to text like bold or italic without resorting to a proprietary tricks, that normally get lost the first time you copy/paste.
I cannot activate Typora
Error message “Please input a valid license code”
Please check if your license code is valid or not, license code are using formats like XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX with uppercase letters and numbers.
If you forgot your license code, please refer “How to retrieve my license code if I forgot it ?”.
Error message “Email address confirmation does not match”
Because once you used a license code, same email address MUST be used for the same license code in future activations. So you will need to input email address twice for confirmation. If those two input is not the same, this error will shown. So please check and correct your email address when met this error.
Error message “This license code has been used with a different email address.”
Because once you used a license code, same email address MUST be used for the same license code in future activations. This errors shows if the email address you use did not math the email address that that has been used when activating Typora with the license code at the first time.
Error message “Failed to access the license server. Please check your network or try gain later.”
Activation Typora requires network connection
This plugin is great as it scrolls with you and live updates based on the content of the buffer, no need to save to reload. Normally I would not advocate for a vim / terminal solution as I find I'd normally rather a GUI, but these two plugins are so good that if you already have a good .vimrc then its pretty seamless to use this solution.
A one time 15$ purchase is a steal for all the value I got out of the beta versions over the years.
Even Sublime Text 3's monumentally long beta period appears brief when compared with Typora's.
I like what GOG is doing but I'm sure there is a lot of piracy of their stuff.
Edit: Not to mention it confused users and so some of the users ask in the pandoc community for Typora support.
I've gladly paid the one time fee and plan to continue using it over Obsidian and Roam which I've tried in the past.
Great to see that they won’t be going the subscription route.
I too was drawn by this feature at first. But then discovered that with pages and pages of formulas, the rendering gets too sluggish which also impares the editing. So I had to disable the rendering just to edit some formulas.
While I still see a use for Typora, especially due to its convenient export into .doc, I'm already considering alternatives.
I am not relying on typora. I use it for WYSIWYG markdown editing with equations. Actually I like more the functionality to copy pasted image to a folder - that is the only feature I really like.
I still have not convinced myself to pay for it.
I mostly use Zim-Wiki but if I'm doing markdown these seem to provide everything Typora for free.
Besides all the other features it is particularly pleasing aesthetically and this way makes writing satisfying. I wish there were an Obsidian theme to mimic Typora look and feel.
It’s the best markdown editor I have found so far.
apt remove typora
apt install typora=0.11.18-1
apt hold typora
And there's an ARM Linux download?
Even if it's a bit of a laggy pain in the rear on low power ARM laptops, that's worth supporting!
Submitted title was "Typora 1.0 needs a license code to use" - which was definitely editorialized. From https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html: "Please use the original title, unless it is misleading or linkbait; don't editorialize."
I think linking to our own blog posts or tweets is also disallowed (?) so we have to wait for someone else to blog about it? I've never quite understood how to solve this puzzle as it means a reasonably large class of pertinent information is impossible to post to HN.
I think the rule that may be tripping you up is “Please don't use HN primarily for promotion. It's ok to post your own stuff occasionally, but the primary use of the site should be for curiosity.”
That rule is focused on avoiding self-promotion. For example, if you’re working on a cool new idea, don’t just post a new link to your site once a week. But writing a blog post to dig into an element of something Typora has changed is pretty clearly fine.
If you want to say what you think is important about an article, that's fine, but the place to do that is in a comment to the thread. Then your view will be on a level playing field with everyone else's: https://hn.algolia.com/?dateRange=all&page=0&prefix=false&so...