There are several packages available for Atom to support academic writing in Pandoc Markdown. This tells me that there is a group of people using it for that purpose and I recently started to be part of that group I’m curious about how others configured Atom for academic writing, so let’s share our setups! Let me go ahead and share mine first:
- autocomplete-bibtex to quickly insert bibtex citations (I use Zotero together with the Better Bib(La)TeX addon to generate a bibtex file containing all my sources)
- typewriter to center the text in the editor
- language-pfm to get additional syntax highlighting for Pandoc Markdown
- markdown-writer improves Markdown writing in Atom (for example continues lists when you press enter)
- wordcount because you just need this as a writer
- zen for distraction free writing
- marked to preview documents in Marked 2 (which can be configured to use Pandoc, Mac only)
Not directly related to writing in Markdown, but still useful:
- advanced-open-file to quickly create new files (which I do all the time to make notes)
- language-todotxt because I like Todo.txt
- theme-switcher to quickly change between a light and a dark theme
As for the syntax theme I currently switch between atom-material-syntax and solarized light.
What I couldn’t find yet is an easy way to convert the Markdown file to PDF or DocX within Atom, as you can do with the Pandown package in Sublime Text. Does anyone has a solution for that?