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I have been looking at Markdown and MultiMarkdown recently because I heard Merlin Mann saying that when he writes he always writes in Markdown. I like his way of thinking and so thought I should look into it more. Then Katie Floyd and David Sparks have done a Podcast about it recently, with the MacPower Users Podcast. Don’t worry it is not a podcast for power users really, not nerdy or in depth enough. You want Mac Geek Gab for that.

The NosillaCast mantra

Now the thing is that you have to have a problem to solve first as per the mantra of Allison on from the NosillaCast. Then I am wondering why on earth you might use Markdown and MultiMarkdown. Seems the inventor of it wanted it as a way to write in text format in a way that was a bit more readable by using things like asterisks, hashs, caret symbols , and so on to make it more readable yet still be in plain ASCI text. As well as making it more readable Markdown and MultiMarkdown would also export out to html format.So that then is the problem to be solved then.

What about WYSYWG

But it depends on what sort of thing you do in terms of writing and also where you do it. If you use Pages or another word processor the in rich text mode you get the readability in the formatting a la WYSIWYG. So why use Markdown and MultiMarkdown? Also if you are doing it to put out HTML then why not just use an app that will do that for you. I write in Mars Edit to make my web posts and I could do it completely WYSIWYG but I prefer to see the HTML. I don’t need many HTML tags in there and I have that covered by TextExpander and the built in snippets. I select the paragraph and hit CMD Option P and the tags are put in front and behind – Job done.

For getting an image into it I drag and drop it into Marsedit and leave the app to work out the uploading and putting in the url to the image. Then if I want the image to be set to the left with the text flowing around. I place the curser in the right place and use TextExpander to put in the HTML code for me. The only other thing left is the Headers and again select the text, hit CMD Option – followed by a number for the level of the header and it is done.

So you can see I have more reasons not to use Markdown and MultiMarkdown than I do to use it. Starting to think that it is just something for the total nerdy geek man, or woman. Then I find a use for it. When I am writing on the iPad and I want HTML I think the simpler way to do it in Simple Note is Markdown. Or better still is to use Edito which is a text editor that gives an extra row of keys with all you need to put in the asterisk and hashs and so on. You get to save a lot of key presses and Edito also has a cheat sheet which is good for learners of Markdown.

Nerdy Geek man

I must be a bit of a nerd because I find it difficult to understand how anyone can be intimidated by the basic html that most people who are not web developers will get to see. The other thing is that it is a bit weird is to be going the markdown route which is nerdy and has to be learned when all you have to do is to use a WYSYG editor of some sort and there are plenty of those about.

At the end of this discourse about Markdown and MultiMarkdown I am more of the opinion that its best use is when you want to use it on the iPad with Edito to produce html code really easily. That is when html code is what you are looking for as a final result.

Michael Carnell

I was pleased to get as a guest Michael the winner of the mind node software on the Mac20Q show and found out that Michael is an all round lucky fella. He has also recently won an iPad from somewhere else so he had the iPad to be able to use the touch version of the MindNode Pro on that as well as make use of the desktop version.

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Merlin Mann and Markdown

I have been scratching my head about using markdown or multi mark down, I heard Merlin Man saying about how he uses it all the time when he has to write anything. I heard Don mention markdown also, I think it was in connection with getting some software to be able to use it or do it. 

So I was curious about it. What is it and what is it for. How could I use it maybe? Seems that the idea is that you are using standard things you find on the keyboard to put a sort of formatting on your text. It was devised by John Gruber and there are application that will take that simple text and turn it into html.

A text-to-HTML formatting syntax for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). You can try it out, right now, using the online Dingus.

I also see that markdown can be used in Scrivener too. In fact in Scrivener there is support for MultiMarkdown which is a derivative of Markdown.

It seems the whole idea behind the markdowns is to be able to focus on the writing rather than messing about with formatting and yet have it more readable than just plain text . I suppose once you get use to putting in the hashes and stars and things you can do that. 

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YouTube - YourMacCast_s Channel.pngDennis is a firefighter he has 2 iPads one for himself and one for his wife, an iMac and has a MacBookPro that he has recently bought. and likes the Wacom Tablet instead of always using the mouse., She is a bit stubborn and has not switched yet but maybe in time. Listens to the MacGeek Gab podcast, loves Don MacAllister. Also appreciates what a good podcast Adam Christianson makes and has got into podcasting himself. Like to pass on tips to make users and likes to use ScreenFlow same as I do. He gets his wife to drive everywhere so he can sit in the passenger seat reading on the

Dennis makes the podcast , a wealth of information for Mac users

He gets questions he doesn’t know the answers to but is not afraid to ask questions, he uses Skitch to grab screens and work with Screensteps the app that Allison Sheridan loves to use. Denis likes to use Things on the iPad and Circus ponies NoteBook

Notational Velocity and Simple note as per Merlin Mann and his ideas about how to take notes. I think a good idea is to spread tasks to certain applications so that you pigeon hole the task on the computer and help avoid information overload. Dennis is a big fan of PathFInder and will be talking about organising files and folders.

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