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Are there any editors or notes applications out there that support Markdown?

I am often having to make notes or documents where markdown formatting would be ideal, and have gotten into the habit of using markdown on a daily basis.

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nvALT does the trick. I prefer the plain Notational Velocity myself, but Markdown fans seem to really like the nvALT fork.

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Nice. nvALT does seem to do it. Would be interested in others. –  Diago Feb 8 '11 at 7:39
@Diago I believe Scrivener will also do it, but it may be overkill for what you're trying to do. For a simple, fast, universally accessible note-taking utility, NV and its spawn are hard to beat. –  Orc4hire Feb 8 '11 at 17:38
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It's not a note taker per se, but Textmate has a Markdown mode that will make it easier to use some of the syntax. Like bold, italic, list, etc.

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I have been tempted by Textmate before, but will have to add it to my too buy list :( –  Diago Feb 8 '11 at 15:24
@diago Kod (kodapp.com) is a (free) Textmate 2 wannabe, it's still in early stages but developing very fast. The Markdown plugin for it shouldn't take very long, you could wait for that. –  Loïc Wolff Feb 8 '11 at 15:34
Besides, I don't know what you're using right now as a text editor, but textmate might be the killer tool that will make you forget about all others. And still serve as a fast note taker (throw in some Dropbox and you can even sync it wherever you are). –  Loïc Wolff Feb 8 '11 at 15:36
@Loic I use MacVIM for Text Editing. The idea of Markdown just came about because I would like preview capability, but then I haven't looked at a VIM plugin for it. –  Diago Feb 8 '11 at 16:19
@diago shouldn't be hard, gruber provide the perl script to transform markdown to HTML. Then again, I don't know how to create a vim plugin, but it should be easy for someone :) –  Loïc Wolff Feb 8 '11 at 16:23
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Since you are using MacVim, you might want to try the vim-pandoc plugin, which supports highlighting, folding, snippets, and conversion (though that can also be done from the shell, even within vim, using things like markdown2pdf) to other formats.

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If you want a Mac app that actually looks like a Mac app, supports Markdown out of the box (no plugins or add-ons required), and updates on a regular basis, you want BBEdit. I can't recommend it too highly.

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A bit pricey, but an option. nvAlt turned out to be exactly what I wanted, but it is good to know there are other options if I decide to do more then what it can offer. –  Diago Feb 10 '11 at 7:46
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emacs supports markdown if you like it, but I guess if you are not used to it, the learning curve is a bit steep.

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Textmate has a markdown bundle which includes multimarkdown.

The bundle allows you to convert to PDF, HTML or to view the generated output on screen.

There are also tab-complete commands and a bunch of shortcuts.

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Let's add another few :

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