Just want to share why I started this post:
I am a writer (want to be one, at least) and over the years I have tried many approaches to write, in the following order:
- MS Word – the obvious first choice. But its just too cluttered, and even though there is some kind of no-distraction mode in it, it still is a heavy-handed application. Plus, its very expensive.
- Windows Live writer: Very elegant package, but not very flexible in terms of format.
- Evernote: Very good at organizing, but again, format limitations and not very good for large files
- Scrivener: Combines the organizing capabilities of Evernote and the elegance that comes from a dedicated writing package. But its very expensive. Though, for very serious writers (which I am not at this stage I guess, since I don’t want to spend $45), it is a must have.
After all these I tried Ulysees, and I loved it. Its very simple – no fuss. An organiser on the left and the content editor on the right. A very good no-distraction mode and quick switch between day and night. Works with markdown and can export to any format under the sun. Just what I needed. However, its around 40-45$ again.
I looked at what I liked about Ulysees and realized that I could do most of the stuff in Atom. And I wasn’t wrong. The organizer pane exists by default on the left, I can change the font size and use Zen mode. I work with the markdown-writer plugin to write. And I can use pandoc to again export to any format under the sun.
I tried and it works like a charm. This, I know, is the beauty of Atom. To replicate the functionality of a dedicated writing tool took me all of 10 minutes.
Now only if the vertical centering would work…
If anyone can point me in the direction of editing code itself to get this functionality I am willing to do it.
Thanks to everyone who have created Atom and the plugins that make it so useful.