Dillinger is an editor that can be used for HTML5 Markdown. It is a cloud-based application that can transform Markdown text into HTML. As the Markdown text is types, the HMTL appears immediately. It is easy to use Markdown and it is a light-weight markup language. With a markup language, users are able to write as easily as they would when typing an email. This makes the text quite readable and easy to understand. Hence, the markup text can be published as it as and would still be able to make sense when read. It does not look overly marked upped with tags and it does not need a multitude of formatting instructions.Show more screenshots »
The inspiration for Dillinger came from the need to find a decent Markdown editor. When such an editor could not be found, Joe McCann created Dillinger to provide simple Markdown editing that uses a cloud-based and open source platform. The Dillinger application is 100% open source and encourages other coders to help develop the code.
The Dillinger application uses open source projects to help it work properly. These open source projects include Redis, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, node.js, Showdown, Ace Editor and key master.js.
The web app presents users with the editor immediately. It shows how the Markdown text works and is converted immediately into HTML. Users can change the look of the application by selecting from various templates. Also, users can export the Markdown or export the HTML.
Users can sign into the application with GitHub by using their username and password. In addition to the username and password, an email address is also needed to create an account. Users can also link to Dropbox
To use the Dillinger application, users can create a free account through GitHub, which is a social coding site. However, GitHub does offer paid plans. Paid plans offer private repositories.
Those who want a simple Markdown editor that can convert content into HTML will find the Dillinger application appealing. It is simple in its design and appearance and is open source which allows other coders to contribute to the development of the application.