I am looking for the best combination for working on a structured document and sharing it in Markdown format.

My favorite editor is Pages, in full screen mode. There I can see how the finished document actually will look like. Unfortunately, there is no direct export to markdown.

I've seen another question on the topic focusing on Markdown editors (I've tried a few) but I'd like to know if there's a clean way to export from Pages to Markdown. Any ideas?

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    Perhaps I am misunderstanding what you mean to do, but is "sharing it on Markdown" any different than sending a plain text file elsewhere? I use pages all the time for editing plain text documents and use Marked to preview things if needed. With a little practice, working directly with the raw text becomes effortless.
    – bmike
    Dec 14, 2012 at 18:08
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    I'm not sure why you are so loyal to Pages if you want to write Markdown documents? What could it do better than an editor intended for the Markdown syntax?
    – Gerry
    Dec 14, 2012 at 18:25
  • Are you asking how to convert from Rich text in pages to markdown syntax? If so, then there is not a method to do this, at least not to the best of my knowledge. Generally, markdown is used as a base to convert to another file type.
    – soxman
    Dec 14, 2012 at 19:01
  • @bmike Sorry, I wrote it in an ambiguous way, I meant "export it in markdown format". I'll have to share the Markdown file, but this is part of the overall story, non necessarily part of the question.
    – ZioBrando
    Dec 15, 2012 at 13:51
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    I personally also like IAWriter the most, but starting from Pages and converting to Markdown is essentially against the spirit of Markdown (which is ment to create a "source" of your documents), because you will need to map a richer set of formatting options to the least common denominator in Markdown. The results will be a bit unpredictable at best. Markdown is very easy to learn, and for most if not all people should be the faster way to write and format documents.
    – Gerry
    Dec 15, 2012 at 14:04

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I think it is a two-step process. There are a lot of scripts available to convert doc files to Markdown, so in Pages first export to Doc, then use one of those scripts.


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