Markdown Writer is an application I threw together because 1. I love Scrivener and 2. I hate configuring Scrivener’s export options. This post isn’t going to be anything resembling an exhaustive documentation of features; instead, it’ll be just enough to get you up and running.
Step One: Install Pandoc
Markdown Writer uses Pandoc on the back end to convert from it’s native format to ePub (and other formats). You can grab Pandoc for Mac, Windows, and Linux here.
Step Two: Download Markdown Writer
You can grab the Mac version of Markdown Writer here, and the Windows/Linux version here. Just unzip and put in in your Applications or Program Files directory.
Step Three: Point Markdown Writer at Pandoc
Open Markdown Writer, and in the toolbar, click Help > Preferences. A dialog will pop open, where you can tell Markdown Writer where you installed Pandoc. On Mac, this is probably /usr/local/bin/pandoc. You can also use this screen to point to KindleGen, if you want support for creating .Mobi files.
Step Four: Create your masterpiece
Markdown Writer’s composition features are similar to Scrivener’s, or at least the subset of Scrivener features I ever used. You can create folders and documents, move things around, rename them, and add metadata. To create an ePub (or other export format), go to File > Export and choose your options.
Markdown Writer supports Markdown as it’s native format, which is documented in Help > Show Help. Hint: if you’re just creating HTML, ePub, or Mobi, you can also code directly in HTML without losing anything.
Markdown Writer is just some software I threw together for my own use. It works for what I do, but I offer no guarantees of usefulness, extend no warrant, et cetera et cetera. Use at your own risk. Back everything up, regularly. This is always a good idea, but especially when you’re using beta software.