2021-03-05 08:00

Thinking Again About Text Editors

Following a recent article from Jason Snell about finding the best markdown editor for the iPad, I started to think about my use of Ulysses for all my text editing needs. Is it the best tool for all use cases? Probably not. But it is cross-platform and for me, it’s a must. As I’m writing this blog post, I’m using Nova text editor on my Mac to start editing and I finish in Ulysses. It depends. I’m not always sure how my text editor selection happens when I start writing a new blog post. Maybe I should do the same as Mr. Snell and build a table of much needed features and see if Ulysses still fits my needs.

On my to do list, I plan to write a blog post about GIT clients for the iPad. Working Copy is very popular one and includes a text editor. Jason Snell’s article refers to Textastic too. They competes against Ulysses but the latter doesn’t do Git stuff. Just like having many blogs, maybe it’s ok to use a different text editor, depending of the platform? On the iPad, I could use iA Writer for this blog and Ulysses for the rest? Or maybe Working Copy would be a better choice because I’ll need to use it to push updates here anyways?

As you can see, I’m in constant reflection about the tools I use or plan to use and my workflow. It’s a never ending process. Back to Ulysses. For now.

Update #1: I’m not alone who is rethinking my text editor choices. Chris Hannah too.


Tools Apps Editors Ulysses iA Writer Nova Working Copy iPad


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