Byword on my Mac is awesome. I get some writing done here and there with all my writing devices, like my Mac, iPhone and iPad. Yet, I find that the mac is my all-time favorite place to write. It’s great having a full-sized keyboard, and the screen real estate that comes with my MacBook Pro.
Byword has a clean writing interface that also sports Markdown support. You could use plain text files as well as rich text in Byword, but Markdown files are my favorite. I use Markdown syntax for all of my writing (outside of my email client, AirMail).
Byword has handy keyboard shortcuts that are handy for bloggers. Of course there is Command + B for bold text, as well as Command + I for italics… but it’s the other keyboard commands that come into play for my blog posts. For example, Command + K will make the text I’ve selected into Markdown-formatted URL links. And let’s not forget Control + Command + P, which gives me a rich text preview of my text. This way, I can see what all the syntax in my article will produce in the final—published—version of my posts.
One of the other standard features of Byword I love is the light and dark interface options. Press Command + , to view Byword Preferences. There you can choose between the light and dark modes. I use both of them in all of my writing: one for writing a complete draft of an article, and the other for editing and proofing my text. This way, I get a fresh take on the body of text because the contrasting modes gives me a fresh perspective.
When I’m ready to copy the text to add it to my site, I copy the text already formatted in rich text from Byword using an export option. Go to File > Export and there are options to copy the text preconfigured with the formatting you may need for a rich text editor or HTML.
Byword isn’t free, but it’s well-worth the price for all versions.