Usually I write my blog posts in Sublime Text Editor using Markdown and then I copy and paste into a Markdown format convertor before publishing them, but it is tedious and feels a bit crappy.
I evaluated and read up on a lot of different options until I came across Byword 2 for Mac. Even though it costs $13 AUD in the Mac App Store and then another $6 AUD for activating the premium publishing features, I dived in and decided to buy it.
Byword believe it or not is one of the cheaper writing applications in the App Store, I’m not writing a novel here and like clean minimal interfaces for writing my blog posts, so it seemed to fit my purposes well.
This is one of the features that drew me to Byword, the ability to write a blog post and publish it right to WordPress from the application itself. This is an additional in-app purchase, but a highly recommended one.
The publishing feature works well, the only downside is the lack of image support, but the Byword guys/gals are supposedly working on that, so watch this space.
Support for a select few other platforms is also include in the in-app purchase including; Evernote, Tumblr, Blogger and Scriptogram.
Lacks Support For Flat-file CMS’s
This is one feature that Byword 2 is missing: support for publishing via FTP to a flat-file CMS like Droplets or Statamic. This is a feature I would love to see added in for managing flat-file CMS’s that use Markdown.
This is not a deal breaker obviously, but a definite nice to have and no doubt, a highly sought after feature.
Byword 2 is definitely worthy of a purchase. I will admit in the beginning I was sceptical, but if you write your blog posts or anything in Markdown, you need this app. The interface is clean, and doesn’t get in the way of your writing.