Classeur: A Classy Markdown Editor

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jan 07, 2016 GMT
Dmitri Popov

There are probably as many Markdown editors out there as there are bugs in a rain forest. So building yet another editor that supports the popular text formatting markup seems like a royal waste of time. Nevertheless, the developers behind Classeur have managed to produce a Markdown editor that is nothing short of phenomenal. Classeur is available as an installable browser app for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The app works offline, so you don't need a network connection for it to work. The first thing you'll notice when you launch the editor is its polished and highly functional interface. Indeed, after poking around the editor, it becomes apparent that Classeur's developers paid a lot of attention to every minute detail. The word count feature is a good example of that. Not only does it display the number of characters, words, and lines in the text, it also gives you separate counts for the source text (including all formatting characters) and the resulting clean HTML output. The dedicated pane gives you a real-time preview of the formatted text, and the editor supports synchronized scrolling. If you are new to Markdown, the toolbar provides quick access to common Markdown formatting options, while a separate sidebar offers an overview of the Markdown markup.

Classeur lets you organize files into folders, and you can keep your files in sync across multiple Classeur installations via your Google account. If you already have Markdown files on your machine, Classeur allows you to import them into the editor. You can make individual files public, and grant other users read or read/write rights. Upgrading to a premium account gives you collaborative editing capabilities. The feature galore doesn't stop here, though. You can link Classeur to your WordPress, Blogger, or GitHub account, and use the editor to write and publish blog posts. Finally, the editor lets you export Markdown files in a variety of formats, including EPUB, RTF, ODT, and PDF.

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