About the Byword editor and Markdown bases. For hardkorny authors-makovodov and not only
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The subject Markdown quite often emerges on the Internet and I as the active founder, the blogger, the journalist and the observer came across more than once it, after all it directly belongs to my work. But very long time somehow did not direct on it attention and it was hooked for this language of a marking, it is possible to tell, a case. Discrepancy not in laziness, discrepancy in a lack of time or is more quick in absence of motivation. There would be a desire, and time always can be found. Everywhere, whether it be the Runet or the British sector of the Network, on the subject Markdown I found or boring instructions with the description of teams and syntax, or the obvious mention, a pier is such piece, she allows to add quickly in the text references or style which are converted in standard HTML later. But upon it and to a descent the ordinary tool, which time a day protects the most powerful to me at all minutes, and hours of time and there are a lot of forces, by means of which iPad turned into the real instrument of creation and the publication of materials in Networks and considerably efficiency of work raised. The purpose of this article — to meet information lack on the subject Markdown in the Runet and to make it in a complex: to tell both about language of a marking of the text, and about tools for work with it. In this case about the multiplatform Byword editor. I hope to the people of my profession working with OS X and iOS, this experience will be useful. Well, went!
Unprecedented animal of Markdown
If it is short, Markdown — is ordinary language of a marking of texts which allows to create actually completely issued web publication to a descent with writing of the material. "Issued" — it means with references, text allocation in suitable places (fat or italics), quotes and lists. Practically always it is enough of it, and for hardkorny bloggers is also the expanded Markdown version with support of tables and other cunning pieces. But here the special software and similar functionality is already necessary it will be necessary more quickly for mighty specialists, than "mere mortals". In such jungle we will not climb.
The file format — the ordinary text, it is TXT. Some editors still appropriate «.md» expansion, but it only for convenience and association of such content with a certain appendix in OS X (in Windows, maybe, too, but in this OS of affairs with MD editors had no so I will not guess). For example, so does iA Writer, though in the cunning file with «.md» expansion the same ordinary not formatted text.
The idea of Markdown consists in a set of ordinary teams or designations which the MD converter can transform to a standard HTML code. An ordinary example of such designation — this allocation of the text by asterisks:
*текст* — the converter will transform such text at italics
** the text ** — and such text will be transformed to the fat
For descriptive reasons here so the text will look in the transformed look on web page:
And here so it looks in HTML format to which it is transformed by the Markdown-converter. Directly in such look the material is added in an adminka (in a mode of the HTML editor, naturally, forget about the visual editor — he leads the special life):
Thus, it is possible to write to Markdown in principle in any text editor, even in the simplest, same TextEdit. But in the specialist nevertheless it is more convenient on a number of events, beginning from the built-in converter and a mode of a preview of result and finishing automation of input of suitable teams.
Someone already started to fall asleep from wealth of clever words and misunderstanding, why this Markdown was given? Friends, show a little patience! Give I while I will dilute a narration with the story about base possibilities of the Byword editor, it cool, believe. And later, when you cheer up, we will pass to teams of language of a marking. This dullish section not to avoid, but it rather ordinary for understanding. We will pass to practice and features of realization of Markdown to Byword later that, I hope, will liberate from need to prop up eyelids matches.
Byword — force in simplicity A little stories
In a past for a set of texts in OS X I used Pages, with it worked and in iOS for iPad, but long time somehow not so often and actively resorted to the help of a tablet in the creativity. Later in OS X passed to trivial TextEdit. It agrees, really magnificently, but there was a reason which is called as ORFO. In Pages at the beginning this in fact unique worthy system of spelling for OS X in general in any way did not work, and to suffer with Parallels and Crossover under which I started Windows-version Word for verification of own texts, to me simply bothered.
Oh yes someone now will remember that «I rub the author» should know by heart all rules of Russian and write only correctly and without mistakes. In a sample yes, but all of us are people, are made of the live flesh having feature to be tired, lose concentration and other weaknesses. From typographical errors anybody is not insured, even the academician of Russian. And the electronic system of spelling in that case helps to level effect from mentioned above human weaknesses, simplifies work and allows to save time.
We come back to a topic of conversation. From рюшечек Pages was necessary to be released in favor of correct and faultless writing of texts. Over time I thought that all these and are not necessary to a prettiness of a big word-processor in work, on the last measure in mine. More quickly they distract. As a result of TextEdit became my high-grade stock for typing until I once again did not reflect on increase of efficiency of own work. To make it it is possible, if the working tool always with itself. In principle, the laptop quite often at me, but far not everywhere and not always. And here the tablet can be dragged with itself constantly. Not including that, at the subsequent joint collecting edition iPhones.ru, Nikita Goryainov showed again virtuosity of use of iPad in work, not only typing on it big texts, well and publishing them.
It seems as the most ordinary decision — is Pages. There is a "cloud" support, so and seamless synchronization of texts: started to print on the laptop, continued on a tablet, finished again on the laptop. But there is no support of folders (was not more exact on a step of search of alternatives), and I love an order — all texts are spread out on dates, everything is numbered, though what content simply to find. Not including that, extraneous services for grammar check in Pages do not work at OS X still. Well I also got used to an ordinary text editor, at all this so that it would not be desirable to come back to the loaded interface of the printing combine of Apple any more.
Search of alternatives first led to iA Writer — really comfortable multiplatform piece with megasimple, but cool external registration in addition with synchronization support through Dropbox, so and with folders of troubles will not be. Moreover, the additional working panel over the screen keyboard in iPad with buttons of management of the cursor and more often used signs (a point and a comma at Russian layout, quotes-fir-trees, etc.) simply me struck.
Generally, started to work with iA Writer, creating texts to a descent on iPad and on MacBook. Pay attention, about Markdown at first speeches did not go, but I found a mention of it in the description of a text editor. Having once again come across familiar concept and having once again read its base description, remembered old dream to add all necessary elements of design in the text on a step of its creation, instead of during the publication in WordPress adminka. And so намучаешься when writing article, forces already is not present, and here it is necessary to add with concentration still references, to allocate the text fat, in the italics to insert lists, in other words to make a lot of work that quite often weighed, spoiled mood and appetite. «Theoretically Markdown dely solves this» — I thought and decided to check it in practice.
Couple of days it was spent for research of language of a marking, and in process it became clear that iA Writer then not perfectly converted Markdown in HTML and mistakes, generally because of the difficult references confusing the built-in converter happened times. Here then according to the advice of 1 of IT journalists of Pavel Urusov (@pavel_urusov) very respected by me I also directed attention to Byword which as it became clear, not only possesses the quite good Markdown converter, well and mass of other advantages.
Byword as ordinary editor
At the person who has got used to Word, Pages or even TextEdit, the Byword window will cause a mute question, something type: «It is a joke?». The matter is that window of the editor empty, absolutely. Any toolbars any менюшечек and рюшечек, only the text and the founder alone with it. It if is a question of the version for Mac, though in the version for iPad too approximately the same, but there are differences — about them will have a talk later. The working Byword window in OS X here is how looks:
Emptiness unless the counter of words and signs in the lower part — a small and comfortable trifle is allocated:
And still it is possible to develop a window of the editor on all screen and then really there is only a text on white or on a black background, at the choice of the user.
Screenshots are clickable
There is also a cool mode of focus when visible there is in fact one paragraph or one line of the text, and other its parts become translucent.
Screenshots are clickable
Not including that, pay attention to big spaces, on the beautiful big text, on smooth transitions at the upper and bottom edge of a window. Looks simply, but only at the 1st look. It is functional simplicity. In Pages and TextEdit I increased a font size that it was larger, and here such picture is formed by the editor of the ordinary text. Options too at least that distracted nothing. Practically, here with such options I work:
And here is how the same text looks, being opened in TextEdit:
Very much densely it looks
It is possible to work as in a mode «Formatted text» and then on an exit there will be an ordinary RTF file (in such mode it is possible to allocate fat, italics, generally, to operate practically as in TextEdit), and in more printsipny Markdown mode about which we will have a talk a bit later.
While let’s look at Byword for iOS and if is more exact, for iPad. In general, the program universal so at iPhone works too, but in a telephone mode I did not use it. In comparison with the same mobile Pages the appendix looks простенько, but with comfort. I very much like a big font. In a text editor of Apple it on a sample very small and inconvenient even for Retina, was necessary to put hands more largely.
But the main counter of mobile Byword in an additional toolbar over the keyboard, at all this she can be thumbed through. There, in fact, three панельки: data on quantity of words and symbols in the text, the panel with cursor arrows and often used signs (are generally necessary for Markdown) and the specialist the panel for some Markdown teams, on it too are cursor buttons.
The additional Byword panels for work with the text. Clickable
Byword perfectly works with Dropbox though there is also iCloud support, including folders. But I like "proletarian" Dropbox more, it is somehow more reliable. In other words, in this text editor the scheme when started to print on MacBook too is absolutely realized, continued on a tablet, finished on iPhone, at desire.
In the Dropbox menu it is possible to create own folders and files, but here to rename them and to move, for example, from a cloud on the device it is impossible. The competitor in the person of iA Writer allows to do it, well and the additional panel at it is more convenient for the press on the screen keyboard, but, I will repeat, as the Markdown-editor it is weaker. Before passing to a burning topic of use of this language of a marking of the text, I will show the base Byword functions for iOS, which, as well as in the Mac-version, at least.
The set of options is insignificant: the choice of fonts, plus standard possibilities on work with the text in iOS, including autocorrection, spelling (the Russian dictionary in iOS is awful), an automatic insert of a bigger letter, plus is TextExpander support (introduction of alphabetic reductions for the press of words, phrases or even offers)
Markdown for teapots
This section for enough advanced users who often should publish the text in the Internet through an adminka of WordPress or other interfaces. Though it will approach and for those who after all decided to pump over the skill of the publication and to whom bothered with hands to insert tags, references, lists and other elements in the text, doing it comfortable for reading and understanding on open spaces of the Global network.
Unlike HTML in about tens tags which замучаешься to gather, and in specialized editors — to reap buttons, syntax of Markdown is simplified to a limit and that the most important, special symbols can be entered directly during a set actually to a raid. Moreover, in specialized editors, including Byword, hot buttons are for this purpose adapted that simplifies process even more, but about such experience we will have a talk a bit later.
Now time for research of a set of base teams or symbols which to me personally suffices in 99 % of cases:
** fat **
In other words, during typing it is enough to add these asterisks in the text and at its automatic transformation to HTML by means of built in in the editor or the separate converter they will be changed to standard tags and.
[reference name] (reference address)
[Roman Yuryev] (http://www.iphones.ru/iNotes/author/bigbeastus)
result after transformation — Roman Yuryev
Pay attention that between square and parentheses there is no gap. Directly in the text take the reference name in square brackets, to a meeting behind the 2nd square bracket without a gap put two round and in them insert the reference. Everything simply and can be made without distracting from a set
# Heading 1
## Heading 2
### Heading 3
Heading 1 Heading 2 Heading 3
Before heading put a lattice, behind it the gap and is farther by analogy.
* Markdown is abrupt
* Markdown is very abrupt
* Markdown uber-is abrupt
- Markdown is abrupt
- Markdown is very abrupt
- Markdown uber-is abrupt
There is a printsipny nuance — that the converter truly thought team, over the list there should be an empty line, and after an asterisk — a gap. It is also possible to create and the numbered lists, but then instead of an asterisk the figure with a point, and after — a gap is put. To make the enclosed list in the main list, it is necessary under necessary пт to insert an empty line then than one cliques on «Tab» and is farther by analogy — an asterisk> a gap> list point.
>> The enclosed quote
The enclosed quote
In the quote it is possible to add titles, lists, etc. In HTML for addition of quotes the team answers, the symbol put before the text is transformed to it and «>»
I generally use only these teams. It is possible to add still images, to build tables and to do other cunning pieces by means of Markdown, but it already more difficult matters which in life of the majority of founders are not required. For maniacs here the reference to all official syntax of Markdown (in English), and I will add only pair of suitable teams:
- For compulsory transfer of a line it is enough to put two gaps in a row — for the converter it is a tag
- If in the text it is necessary to enter a technical Markdown symbol and at all this it should not be apprehended by the converter as marking team, before it it is enough to put a return slash — «».
And we will at present pass to the most tasty — to work with Markdown to Byword and to personal experience of use of such sheaf.
Byword, as a steroid for Markdown
Founders of Byword worked hard to make introduction of Markdown even simpler and more conveniently. In the Mac-version it is realized by means of hot buttons, and in iOS — special buttons on the additional keyboard panel. The result if it is honest, surpasses all expectations.
And it is concrete to designate the text in the italics or to make it fat enough in Byword to allocate a suitable part and to press a combination of buttons? I and? B respectively. In other words, it is the standard combinations applied in ordinary text editors to the same operation, only in this case one pressing creates HTML code.
In the version for iPad for this purpose on the keyboard panel the symbol «*», also some other buttons which will be useful in fast addition of the Markdown codes is specially deduced. Moreover, if to allocate the word/phrase and to press such button, the allocated part will be surrounded with the chosen symbol from 2 parties. It is so possible to put quickly brackets, for example.
The same effect and by pressing other buttons in this panel
Also I often use a shortcut? K — this addition of references. Allocated a word or expression> a click on? K (cmd+K)> inserted the reference in the opened parentheses, word/expression will be surrounded with square brackets the machine gun.
In the version for iPad it too is realized by means of buttons on the keyboard panel:
Other buttons allow to add signs for heading or list formation from a line on which there is a cursor, plus it is possible to insert the image, more precisely, the reference to it.
After with the text and its cunning Markdown-marking it is finished, it is necessary to see, how it will look approximately on a page — it is the Preview Markdown mode (a shortcut?? P in the Mac-version):
In such mode it is visible, whether there are no mistakes with a marking, whether everything references are visible as references, instead of a character set, whether everywhere there are the lists, the necessary formatting of the text, etc. If troubles are not present, it is possible to copy the text in a clipboard in the form of the transformed HTML code or to export it to one of given below formats:
In case of the version for iOS there are some more options for export:
The text copied in the buffer in the form of a HTML code can be added in an adminka of WordPress or in though what other place perceiving HTML, at all this to make it from a tablet as it is simple, as well as from the laptop. The unique minus that Byword copies in the buffer and will transform all text, instead of the allocated slice.
On the computer it in principle and not discrepancy, is enough to open the new Byword window with the empty file, to insert there from the buffer a suitable piece of the text in a usual format, and late from this window already to tire out it in the buffer in the look transformed to a HTML code, having clicked?? C.
On a tablet it is more difficult. It is necessary to copy all text then to delete superfluous already directly in an adminka. After all, so too it is simply to make, in particular if together with a tablet the hardware keyboard is used, but it a little bit other history about which I will tell in the nearest future, and now I will show some examples of overall performance with Byword and Markdown on a tablet.
Tablet power of Byword and Markdown
With Markdown I work since June of this year, but first used iA Writer. At that time this editor was quite weak in respect of support of this language of a marking and in its tablet version the such was absent in general. In July the candidate in the form of Byword was found and here he already allowed to do practically everything.
Since then I wrote and published many texts using only a tablet. From the last rather difficult examples I will provide article «iPad mini against iPad 2, iPad 4 and iPhone 5 in pixel competition» — it is made in Byword on iPad and it is located from it. Also my part of the review of iPad mini completely all is gathered in the same sheaf of a tablet and Byword: all references, text allocation fat / in the italics, titles. But published the text and Arthur Malosiyev from the laptop selected/processed images already.
Economy of time and economy of forces
Among pleasant buns of transformation to HTML from Markdown marking also I will note automatic allocation of paragraphs by a tag«
». In many adminka I had to add it earlier hands, and it well very much strains and it is inexpressibly boring, in particular if publish healthy article. At present such difficulty is not present, everything occurs the machine gun.
Well and as a whole it is pleasant, when having stopped to write the big text, you spend a minimum of efforts for its publication, after all already practically everything is ready, unless pictures will be necessary for loading into an adminka and to add in the text hands. Earlier the publication caused a tooth gnash and expenditure very much sets of time and forces, in particular it was necessary if to spread huge article of type such which you now read.
Thanks to Byword and Markdown efficiency of work very much very much increased in my case. Not including that, introduction of the 1st editor and on Mac with its seamless synchronization allowed me to work at iPad more and it is more reasonable to use time, for example, on the way, expecting in turn, traveling by train, etc. In the last some trips between the cities I instead of rolling and sleeping or idling and looking kinchik, wrote some big materials and many news.
Naturally, it is necessary to have a rest too and the submultiple road in particular disposes to it, but everything is excellent moderately. When to idle bothers (and in my case it occurs quickly enough — pair кинищ, a little 10-ov pages of the interesting book), there comes simply boredom and offense of that precious time leaves in anywhere. At present it in a past.
I hope, my experience will help someone to lift also efficiency of own work and will save up a lot of time, after all it is the most invaluable resource. Save time, do not spend it for nothing, to fill in the coming — it will not turn out. After all the one who earns much is rich not, and who has time to spend earned and to take pleasure in fruits of own work. The one who can predetermine itself(himself) not only work, well and native, to relatives, friends is rich. The one who is capable to waste time of self-improvement who is not afraid is rich and is not lazy to use it on own development and to the aid of other people.
P.S. In this material I opened not all secrets of personal efficiency in work with texts within an ecosystem of devices of Apple. In the nearest future there will be still articles, but a little bit on other subject. For a priming — a tiny photopreview ;).