Writing in Byword on a Mac

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.

Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.