Simplenote is a basic note-taking application developed by Automattic, the same company that created WordPress. The application is free and available on every platform, including Linux. It’s also open source. You can use Simplenote in your web browser.
After you download the application, you’ll be prompted to create an account. That account is used to back up your notes to Automattic’s servers and synchronize your notes across all of your other devices. Note that Automattic doesn’t encrypt your content on their servers. You can’t disable the synchronizing feature.
Export options are limited, but the Publish to Web feature allows you to share your notes on the internet with a public URL.
To enable Markdown support in Simplenote, create a note, click the Info icon, and then select Markdown Formatted.
The currently selected note and any new notes you create in the future will have this setting enabled automatically.
Simplenote provides support for the following Markdown elements.
|Italic||Partial||Underscores are not supported — they’re used for underlining text.|
|Code||Partial||Code blocks are not supported — use fenced code blocks instead.|
|Fenced Code Blocks||Yes|
|Footnotes||Partial||iOS and macOS only|
|Emoji (copy and paste)||Yes|
|Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
|Disabling Automatic URL Linking||Yes|
As an added bonus, Simplenote provides support for several obscure elements.
Simplenote doesn’t use a live editor. You’ll continue to see the Markdown-formatted text after you’ve typed it. To preview Markdown documents in Simplenote, click the Preview Markdown icon — it looks like an eye.
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