This morning Gabe Weatherhead posted a review of a new web-based text editor.
Wri.pe is a new web-based Markdown editor.1 But, it’s more than just an editor. It’s more like a journaling system. It feels like it’s in the early stages but not in a bad way.
I really like how the project was born. The developer was just scratching an itch and came up with a nice thing to make available to everyone.
It looks good, and seems to work well.
Here’s the thing, though: why the sudden rash of web-based markdown editors? I’ve seen a few recently: Dillinger, Markable are just two of hundreds. They’re almost all just vague iterations of the original Markdown Dingus.
What am I not getting about this?
You’re editing in a browser?! I’m sure that can’t go wrong.
You need to sign in, oftentimes, if you want to use the thing as an actual editor. Wri.pe asks you for either Facebook or GitHub credentials. Urk.
There are markdown editors for every major platform that work faster and better and are easier integrated into your workflow.
I can (sort of) see a use case for them if you’re on someone else’s computer and you don’t want to install anything. Maybe. But I’m sure they already have some kind of text-editor installed, unless you’re working on a Speak & Spell. Hell, you could probably write in Markdown even on that.
Having said all that, if web-based text editors are your bag then, as far as I can see, Wri.pe looks good, so try it.
Before you try it, maybe you could let me know why!
Published on June 3rd, 2013