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Markdown Tables 1.3
Markdown Tables 1.3 contains some improvements to the generated Markdown. Previously a Markdown table where the second column was right aligned would have been exported similar to: | Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3 | | -------- | -------: | -------- | | Apple | Pear | Banana | In the latest update you’ll get a better sense of column alignment when looking at the Markdown as the text will be aligned in the export:
Why you should use tables
Many types of articles and blog posts can benefit from tables. For certain types of writing (particularly when data is involved - for example relating to politics or science) tables can concisely summarise data and allow the reader to quickly form an opinion without reading the main text. The reader may then more readily decide to read the article in full, particularly if long than a couple of hundred words.
Markdown Tables 1.1
Markdown Tables 1.1 introduces new features to help make your writing life even easier. New features include HTML export and a new settings dialog to control how the exported Markdown/HTML looks. If you don’t have Markdown Tables download from the App Store The new features in this release of Markdown Tables can be activated by tapping the new Settings button at the top left of the screen. In the settings dialog you’ll see:
Writing an article using iA Writer and Markdown Tables
In this post I’m going to start writing an article using iA Writer and Markdown Tables. In non-fiction a table can be an important way of summarising information. Here is the start of my article in iA Writer: Next I want to add a table of early home computers. Wikipedia is a great place for research. I’m going to start by copying to the clipboard part of a table I would like to have in my document:
Markdown Tables 1.0 released
Writing tables in Markdown is hard. Many top iOS writing apps use Markdown but don’t include a way to create or edit tables. Most users either don’t know that you can use tables or don’t bother because they are too fiddly. Markdown Tables is a new iOS app which works alongside your favorite writing app. Copy a table in your writing app to the clipboard and import into Markdown Tables - or on iPad use drag and drop.
Easy Markdown Tables on iOS
There are many fantastic iOS writing apps. Most of these use Markdown, and whilst that may sound complicated it is actually really easy. Many people use apps such as iA Writer, Drafts, Day One, Simplenote, … who don’t classify themselves as computer geeks but regular people who want to get something written. People use their favorite iOS writing apps for journaling, preparing work documents, creating the next great novel and coming up with groundbreaking screenplays.
iOS 13 support
Markdown Tables will be optimized for iOS 13 and supports dark mode. iOS 13 will likely be released mid-September and Markdown Tables will be released around the same time. In addition to dark mode Markdown Tables also makes use of the Apple designed SF Symbols for the iconography. Markdown Tables supports iOS 12 and iOS 13 - so don’t worry if you aren’t going to be updating on iOS 13 release day!