Using Byword

I’ve been trying to get back on-track in terms of being more productive, especially right now when my work deadlines are lighter than they will be come winter. One of the things I’ve been exploring is using my iPhone to do some of the things I’d normally do with my laptop, because I’ve noticed, when I’m not working, I’m on my iPhone a lot. (I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.).

I’m developing a kind of “system” using a number of iPhone apps, and I’m finding I’m using plain text files a lot, and syncing them to Dropbox, so I can have easy access to whatever I’m working on, on a number of different devices. Because of this, I also wanted to be able to use Markdown for formatting.

Byword

After looking around on Google, I decided on Byword, a Markdown text editor for IOS that has an impressive set of features. These features include:

  • easy Markdown editing
  • Markdown preview
  • syncs with Dropbox or iCloud
  • highlighted Markdown syntax
  • several exporting options
  • premium upgrade for publishing

Premium upgrade

A premium upgrade from within the app gives you the ability to publish to Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger and Scriptogram blogs, as well as saving formatted notes to Evernote. The upgrade makes it much quicker to publish your posts,, but if you have the app for your specific blogging platform already on your device, you can just copy the HTML and paste it into the app.

What’s nice about publishing directly from the app, at least when it comes to WordPress, is that you can set your tags and categories, and also set your post status to draft if you prefer. (I’m just going by what I’ve been reading in reviews online, since I haven’t yet purchased the premium upgrade. For this post, I’m just copying the HTML and pasting it into my WordPress app.)

Images

The one thing Byword doesn’t do is upload images, which would be quite a nice feature if you’ve also purchased the premium upgrade. You can, however, use Markdown to link to an image URL. If you’re using WordPress, one workaround is to upload the image you want to use via the WordPress app and then use the image link to embed it on Byword.

Like this (I took this picture on my walk yesterday morning):

Flowers I Saw During this Mornings Walk

This is a test post

Basically, this is a test post, to see how Byword works for me when it comes to blogging. I’m really hoping it will make me more productive, both with my writing and with my blogging.

One thought on “Using Byword

  1. Athira

    I haven’t given this one a try, but I have been looking for something like this too. I’m going to check this out! Thanks for sharing this!

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