How to get started with Markdown: Your new best friend when writing any line of text

Ho to get started with Markdown

Markdown is 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).

Daring Fireball: Markdown

This is how John Gruber, one of the inventors of markdown, explains the the tool as he calls it. It already sounds more complicated than it is. I suggest just to jump in. In this post I show you how to get started with Markdown …

These are a few lines of markdown formatted text:

# First Headline (H1)

## Second Headline (H2)

This is a really short sentence with some **bold text**, some *italics* and a link to an [Example-Page](http://www.examplepage.com)

* a bullet
* another bullet

>This is a quote

1. Numbered Item
2. Another Numbered Item

![Example Image](http://lorempixel.com/g/300/100/technics/1/image)

A markdown enabled App will turn these lines into this:


First Headline (H1)

Second Headline (H2)

This is a really short sentence with some bold text, some italics and a link to an Example-Page

This is a quote

  1. Numbered Item
  2. Another Numbered Item

Example Image


So what happened here?

Why do I need this?

Ok, I’m convinced, where do I start?

Further reading (for the real markdown-fan-boys)

Maybe start with the stuff above before digging into these following tips:

Right-Click-Conversion of Markdown to formatted Text (great for Mail)

This is what we’ll achieve:

formatted text to markdown

Markdown Presentations

Deckset Presentations

I havent tried this one but it sure looks really promising. Deckset turns your markdown notes into beautiful presentations. There is also free alternatives but Deckset sure does look really nice.

Editorial – The ultimate Markdown app for iPad

Editorial is, simply put, the best writing app on the iPad. I won’t describe it at length here because Federico Viticcis extensive review already does a perfect job there. So perfect that he turned it into a book called „Writing On The iPad: Text Automation with Editorial

If you decide to dig into the Editorial app and also Viticcis Book be sure to look at this great comic on xkcd once in a while …

Automation ...

Let me know if you know other great usages of Markdown …

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