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HTML5 Markdown Cloud-Enabled Editor

Published 06/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

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. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

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.

What are the differences to other apps?

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.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

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.

How does the registration process work?

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

What does it cost to use the application?

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.

Who would you recommend the application to?

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.

  • Dillinger uses a formatting syntax that is readable
  • It is publishable as plain text without many tags
  • Open source projects are used to help Dillinger work
  • It is a cloud-enabled Markdown editor
  • Users can sign in with GitHub and links with Dropbox

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