Users who do a lot of long-from writing on their Macs, especially in Markdown, will appreciate what Metaclassy’s Byword ($12) brings to the table. Recently updated for El Capitan, this popular Markdown text editor provides a simple and efficient way to author posts in a clean, distraction-free user interface. Although Byword can be used for editing any types of text files, and even crafting HTML pages, where the app really shines is in its Markdown features, with support for footnotes, tables, and cross-references along with live syntax highlighting and previewing as you type and the ability to export the resulting rich-text document to HTML or PDF.
Whether it’s writing a blog post or a long email, Byword provides a nice alternative to the usual clunky web interfaces, letting you capture your ideas and notes and — with an optional in-app purchase — even publish directly to blog sites such as Medium, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Evernote. Best of all it’s been enhanced for El Capitan in recent updates, with the ability to sync your documents across Mac and iOS devices with iCloud Drive, and full support for split screen and full screen views as well as iOS handoff support, tagging of files, and autosave and versioning.