Plain text is fast. It’s portable. It’s easy to edit and easy to sync. All you need is a few helpers and you can write just about anything without depending on a word processor or the limitations it imposes.
Marked takes Markdown text–a simple syntax you can learn in minutes–and turns it into beautiful documents for you. It will update a preview as you work (with several high-quality themes to choose from, or design your own), refreshing every time you save. It can even automatically scroll the preview to where you’re currently editing in your document.
With one click you can copy HTML for posting online or including in web pages, copy rich text, save a PDF or print your work. Marked includes tools for handling page breaks, titles, table of contents and much more.
If you write, Marked can help
Your favorite editor may have a Markdown preview, but it can't do what Marked can. Marked's full MultiMarkdown processor and specialized syntax handling provides capabilities far beyond what any current editor's Markdown preview can accomplish. Add on the flexibility of custom CSS, custom processors, and full export options and Marked wins hands down.
- Marked can be a simple preview and a transparent addition to your workflow, but under the surface it's packed with the features you need to write smarter:
- External link validation
- Support for footnotes, tables and math syntax
- Full keyboard navigation
- Shortcut for jumping back to your editor
- Scroll to most recent edit on refresh
- Much more… see the documentation for a full overview!
- Professional writer? Marked has you covered:
- Scrivener support: view your full Scrivener project as a single document, fully rendered
- Multi-file documents with include syntax and support for mmd_merge and Leanpub formats
- Document statistics, including Fog Index and Readability scoring
- Using the flexible custom processor feature, Marked can even support Fountain, a special Markdown-like syntax for screenwriting
- If you're writing technical documentation, Marked can help:
- Automatic syntax highlighting
- Github-style line breaks
- An accurate Github preview for Readme files
- Fenced code blocks with support for multiple formats
- Include code from external files and have it automatically escaped and highlighted in your document
Marked's full help system is available for you to peruse. Full details for all features included.
The really nice things people are saying:
Merlin Mann: Brett’s quickly become the patron saint of text-loving Mac nerds. Marked is a terrifically useful little app that removes friction from my workflow especially since—unilke so many apps today—Marked increases rather than diminishes my flexibility and options. I’d marry Brett if Marked would agree to be the best man.
“[…]after using Marked for a few months, I’m a convert. It’s so much better than the built-in preview feature of most Markdown-focused writing apps that it’s worth running in addition to those apps.”
“Clever idea, nicely presented”
“I’ve been increasingly using TextEdit with Marked for writing everything that shows up on the website.”
“This is a godsend.”
“If you write in Markdown on the Mac, you need this.”
“This is very cool and the fact that I can dump the TBR CSS into it makes it really neat, not to mention that you can export the HTML or as a PDF.”
Styles, tips and such
User-contributed custom styles for Marked preview and output. If you have a custom style you’d like to link here, please send it directly to me with your name and any attribution links you’d like included.
- a recreation of the CSS used in Byword.app, created and shared by Bruno de Carvalho, Jorge Pedroso and Rúben Cabaço.
- iA Writer
- a recreation of the CSS used in iA Writer export, created and shared by Moritz Zimmer.
For information on creating your own custom styles, see the knowledgebase article “Writing custom CSS for Marked.”
Using custom styles
- Save the CSS file to a safe place such as
~/Library/Application Support/Marked/Custom CSS
- In Marked Preferences, go to the Styles pane
- Use the plus button to add a new style, locate your CSS file and hit “OK”
- Your style will be named based on the name of the CSS file, and will now be available in the Style dropdown menus
You can remove a custom style from Marked by using the minus button on the Styles pane in Preferences.
The Marked Bonus pack includes scripts, system services and commands for TextMate, Sublime Text 2, emacs, vim and more. Check it out in the knowledgebase for download and further information.
The Watcher scripts provide a means to track file changes in directories normally hidden to Marked, allowing applications such as Evernote, MarsEdit and nvALT to work with Marked. More information and download link at brettterpstra.com.