Through the years I must have tried out 50 different text editors. My Mac has three or four old standbys, including the capable antique known as BBEdit.
The rage among coders and bloggers today is a lightweight tool called a markdown editor. Check the Mac App Store for markdown. There are plenty from which to choose.
One that got my attention is Valletta. It’s a single-pane Markdown editor with a few twists. It’s simple, almost elegant, and mostly distraction free.
The Combined View in Valetta displays to market-down form appropriately, except for the line under the Mac’s mouse cursor, which is displayed as Markdown code.
All that comes in a single, mostly distraction-free window pane.
If you’re not into coding or blogging or HTML, Valletta won’t seem to be as much as everyone makes it out to be. Markdown is a simple way to format text because it outputs HTML or XHTML. Using a word processor for the same function is overkill, and most programming text editors have way to many features and functions.
Valetta may seem lightweight but has a good mix of functionality built in beyond Markdown.
It’s full screen, Lion aware. There’s a built-in reference card to help you get started. Valletta is configurable using basic CSS, and files can be exported as HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word documents (seems like strange bedfellows to me).
You won’t use Valletta as a typical word processor to create documents. It’s a Markdown editor with a few well thought out features. Nothing less, nothing more.