Tools for Writing in Markdown

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Features Obsidian.md Zettlr Bear Note Typora
Best Use Cases Personal knowledge base, reading notes Long-form academic writing, create and edit tables Meeting notes, capture web information, quick notes Blog post, create and edit table
[[Wikilinks]](internal links) Yes Yes Yes No
Auto [[Backlinks]] Yes Possible with note-link-janitor by andymatuschak Possible with note-link-janitor by andymatuschak N/A
Zettelkasten(yyyyMMddHHmmss) Yes Yes No No
Network Graphs Yes No No No
CWYW(Zotero+Better BibTex) Possible with zotpick.applescript Yes ( also click to open PDFs) Possible with zotpick.applescript Possible with zotpick.applescript
Platforms macOS, Windows, Linux (AppImage, Snap) macOS, Windows, Linux (Debian, Fedora, AppImage) macOS, iOS, iPadOS (Desktop & Mobile) macOS, Windows, Linux
Rendering (PDFs, docx, slides…) Possible with Marked 2 App (macOs) Yes Yes Yes
Other notable features Web-publishing in the pipeline, Custom CSS Readability scores, Pomodoro timer Fast syncing via iCloud Integration with GitHub Desktop

Add-ons and Extensions

Capture Information

Roam-Highligher - Chrome Extension

  • great for taking notes on webpages and copy highlights in MD
  • output formatted for Roam or Obsidian

Mdnotes - Zotero Add-on

  • Export Zotero item metadata file and notes to markdown; create a file for own notes](https://github.com/argenos/zotero-mdnotes#Create-a-file-for-your-own-notes); batch export all of the above](https://github.com/argenos/zotero-mdnotes#Batch-exportcreate-all-of-the-above)

  • adds # cite key-zotero as the first header (same as file name)

  • changes Cite key: autio2018 to Cite key/Notes: [[autio2018]] to force the connection with available notes

  • Sample output

    # autio2018-zotero
    
    # Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems
    
    ## Metadata
    
    * Type: [[Article]]
    * Authors: [[Erkko Autio]], [[Satish Nambisan]], [[Llewellyn D. W. Thomas]], [[Mike Wright]]
    * Date: [[03/2018]]
    * Date added: [[2019-09-08]]
    * Publication: [[Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal]]
    * DOI: [10/gc6dk2](10/gc6dk2)
    * Cite key/Notes: [[autio2018]]
    * Topics: [[Ecosystem]], [[Innovation Ecosystem]], [[Entrepreneurial Ecosystem]]
    * Related:
    * Tags: #ZoteroImport, [[Ecosystem]], [[Watch]]
    * Zotero links: [Local library](zotero://select/items/1_CQYQBCEM)
    * PDF Attachments: [autio2018_Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems.pdf](zotero://open-pdf/library/items/WKYH63Y6)
    

Zotero to Roam Export

Zotero exports single or multiple items, as well as collections to Roam’s JSON format

  • :+1: My adaption to “QuickCopy” the metadata of an item to system clipboard (in markdown)

  • Sample output

    # Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems
    ### Metadata
    Author(s):: [[Erkko Autio]], [[Satish Nambisan]], [[Llewellyn D. W. Thomas]], [[Mike Wright]]
    Date:: 2018-03
    Citekey:: autio2018
    Zotero PDF(s):: [PDF 1](zotero://open-pdf/library/items/WKYH63Y6)
    URL:: [http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/sej.1266](http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/sej.1266)
    Tags:: #[[ecosystem]][[watch]]
    

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