Version: 2018.07.03 Web: https://github.com/fabiocolacio/
Marker is a simple, user-friendly editor that’s aimed at people who have never used Markdown before, but are keen to try it. The interface is very clean as is typical for a modern GTK3based application. The left half of the screen is for coding in Markdown, while the right half renders your code into a final view. Markdown’s potential is huge – it not only allows you to apply rich formatting to text, but can also be used to describe plots and formulae, write down theorems and laws, and insert objects.
Although you need to know or learn the syntax somewhere else, Marker helps you with its highlighting feature and extras like the built-in sketcher (Ctrl+D), which enables you to draw simple scribbles and insert them into a document as PNG files. Having a Paint- like editor right at your fingertip is definitely a bonus!
However, Marker’s interface is so minimalist that you can accidently skip some of its features – including the sketcher – unless you discover the ‘Keyboard shortcuts’ section in Marker’s main menu. The editor actually offers a steep learning curve for novice users by providing a large set of helpful shortcuts. These enable you to make your text bold or italic, switch between sans serif and mono fonts, and also toggle display modes. Depending on your habits, Marker can show the preview panel as a separate window, or even hide its panels at will.
The rest of Marker’s capabilities are credited to the power of various extensions and third-party modules, rather than the editor’s GTK3 interface. For example, Marker ships with two modules for rendering TeX math, specifically KaTeX and MathJax, and you can select between the two in the Marker settings window. The integration with Pandoc enables Marker to export documents to RTF, ODT and DOCX format.
So, we can recommend this software primarily for scientific use, although it works great for everyone.
A perfectly small app for entering the world of Markdown. Also, don’t miss the built-in image editor!