Your favorite format for notes?

Markdown is nice but it would be cool to quickly switch the css from one format to another or assign it per document, as plain text has it’s own format for me, and another css style for documentation, and a third for Tibetan translations…

As for RTF, after text RTF is the next candidate that is around when the sun becomes a super-nova. It’s also easy to convert between RTF and plain text in DT3. But for integration into web page publications, pandoc tool use, ebooks and so on, Markdown is the way to go.

assign it per document,

You can do this if you create DEVONthink templates pointing to the particular stylesheets.


A+ Bluefrog, thank you!

Because it worked for you and not for me, your example allowed me to solve the problem.

My stylesheet page—for historical reasons—wrapped the CSS in style tags. My H1 declaration was the first line after the style tag, and I’ve since learned that markdown likes a little space from html.

This had been driving me bonkers, since every other style I’d declared worked fine.

You’re very welcome :slight_smile:

Oh that’s good to know!

I’ll throw my 2 cents in on this one. I recently switched from RTF to MD. I don’t do a lot of writing so I am not fully versed in MD shortcuts, so I use a program called Typora as my default MD editor. It’s pretty cool in that is does MD conversion on the fly as you’re typing so you see what it’s supposed to look like. If you click on something Typora has already converted, it shows you the MD so you can edit it if you like. If you copy/paste from Typora to something else, it pastes as html or RTF, I believe. It’s really great for a novice like me. And it’s free. That’s one of the coolest features. :slight_smile:


Markdown and pdf files make up 90% of the files in my databases. Like Jim @BLUEFROG said, it is brutally fast.

For writing, I use several Keyboard Maestro macros to speed things up and several shortcuts to perform certain actions (create new md file from selection, split file, open a specific text doc, and so on). I also usually have BBedit open and ready for performing searches and modifications in the text. It is also very handy when I need to perform some change in a large quantity of files at the same time.

I won’t go near rtf files if I can help it. (The only exception being omnioutliner documents that use rich text for formatting. It is just so damn useful… )


Typora is also for me the main Markdown editor. There are others that are fancy (on the Mac) but they usually are tied to an internal bundle for storing md files. Typora works across the whole file system. Typora is also cross platform.

To be fair about RTF, in DevonThink RTF is first class citizen with the other formats and with RTF you could do more precise format handling than in Markdown.

Markdown, I use it whenever I can now. It also makes my writing on DEVONthink 3 and Ulysses pretty similar. I am absolutely thrilled with the notes on DEVONthink 3. I hadn’t expected anything as good. I can do it all from the keyboard like I can with Ulysses and that, to me, is just perfect.

Bernardo. What shortcuts do you put on Keyboard Maestro? I would love to know.

I really would get used to plain text, which is I suppose the main thing. Markdown just brings plain text into a more useful form without any loss of the benefits. It would still be readable if you couldn’t convert it into anything for example… ? It was a bit of a curve for me. But I am glad I made it my basic writing format. I have some issues in part of what I do though where I am locked into a particular app. I am not happy about it but I have zero choice.

@tudoreynon, they are too many and I don’t have a lot of time to explain right now, so I will just share all of them. Take a look and let me know if you have any questions.

Just be careful before experimenting with them.


Thank you so much for your time and trouble Bernardo. I really appreciate it. Let me know if there is anything I can ever do for you. Folk here are so generous with their time. I will load these and try them over the next few weeks.


Thanks to ALL of you for your comments.

@Bernardo_V: props for Keyboard Maestro as well as BBEdit (I’ev found nothing better for regrex manipulations). Would add Bettter Touch Tool (loved it before I got a Mac with a touch bar, so much more now…)

@Bernardo_V: thanks for sharing. I will look later, if I had time to kiil I wouldn’t be on these forums. (Wait…what?)


@fotan et al.: Re: Typora, “And it’s free.” I’m a pretty heavy Typora user myself, and I really like it. But regarding its cost, it’s worth noting that it’s in beta, and when you install or update it, it indicates that the beta version is free. Well, it’s been in beta for probably at least two years, and remains free. But I suspect at some point it will reach v1, and may incur a cost after that point.

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Yep. I had seen that as well, but I’ve been using it for quite a while so I wasn’t sure it would ever get out of beta. :slight_smile:

Thanks for clarifying for me.

@tudoreynon, @arasmus, no problem, sorry I couldn’t actually prepare them better for sharing by writing explanations for each of them (would take some time since there are over 60 macros and shortcuts, I think). Also apologies for the bits in Portuguese here and there.

I don’t think you’ll need them, but here are the text factories used by some of the macros:

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That was great. One has to work a little bit what Keyboard Maestro macros are for usually and how they work. Play with them a bit. Really thanks again.

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Longest. Beta. Ever :stuck_out_tongue:


Shortest. Memory. Ever. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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