As many of you will know, Markdown is a very fast and easy way of generating HTML without knowing how to code. Effectively this means that you can quickly create all kinds of formatted documents, which may be blog posts, web pages, or in this case Evernote notes. At present Evernote doesn’t have an inbuilt Markdown capability, but there are tools and hacks available to bridge the gap.
The first tool that can be used to work with Markdown in Evernote is Markdown Here, a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. As a browser extension you need to work with Evernote Web, not your desktop or mobile client. The markdown text is simply written in an Evernote note and whilst the note is selected you click the Markdown Here button in your browser toolbar. Hey presto, you have formatted text. The great advantage of this method is that you never have to leave Evernote Web.
The second tool that enables markdown in Evernote is Markable. Markable is an online editor which lets you write, edit and preview markdown. It also allows you to save markdown to Evernote. Select “Export” on the menu and then “Save to Evernote”. Make sure you save as HTML to get the formatted output in Evernote and not the source code. You have to previously have connected Markable to your Evernote account and told it which notebook to use for your exported notes.
The third option is Byword, a Mac editor. Byword is an inexpensive but powerful editor with the advantage that you can write and preview markdown when you don’t have an internet connection. Once you’ve set up connections to the relevent accounts you can publish from Byword to various platforms such as WordPress, Blogger and Evernote. In fact I’m writing this blog post with Byword and will publish it to WordPress where I can add images, make any final edits and then publish.
Finally you may recall that I posted on 3 ways to use templates with Evernote. Markable and Byword give you a fourth way to create templates. The same markdown document can be published to Evernote multiple times, effectively creating a neatly formatted template each time.
If you want to learn more about markdown, its syntax and uses I recommend Instant Markdown.