I'm looking for a OS X markdown (or similar) editor that has an edit and a view mode. I want to view the rendered document by default and have an edit mode to change the content. Just in the way most wikis work.

Day One uses edit/view modes but it doesn't let me edit arbitrary text files.

On iOS I found Trunk Notes.

I am not looking for an editor with a preview. I want to see either Markdown or rendering.

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I recommend Ulysses if you’re looking for editing and preview in one app.

Ulysses Screenshot

However, I usually write with iA Writer and use Marked to preview them in Markdown. Use whichever you prefer.

  • I tried Ulysses yesterday and it was the best I've found so far. But it doesn't have a true view mode in the way Day One does.
    – Dominik
    Aug 29, 2013 at 14:39
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    I think you can combine Marked with your favorite text editor. You can assign shortcut in Marked to enter Edit Mode with pre-determined text editor.
    – sayzlim
    Aug 29, 2013 at 15:58

MOU app is also pretty good. It has side-by-side edit and preview windows, and is free-/donation-ware. (Not sure what you mean by render preview — actual HTML or PDF as would be output by Pandoc?)

  • Something like Mou without the two panels. I see either the preview (default) or the markdown (edit mode). But not both at the same time.
    – Dominik
    Aug 29, 2013 at 22:37
  • Interesting request. Sounds like the original Adobe Illustrator. In MOU, you can toggle the live preview with Command-Shift-I, but I don't think you can toggle the editing window on/off to just see the preview. I like having them side-by-side, but then my monitor is big enough to see each full size. Sounds like your best bet would be a Marked preview window on top of an editor window and switch between apps.
    – beroe
    Aug 29, 2013 at 22:57

I finally found an app. Write for Mac supports preview on opening.


Haroopad, http://pad.haroopress.com It's great app for markdown.

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