In yesterday’s post, I talked about how using MultiMarkdown can help speed up your workflow, especially when writing for the Web.
To make using Markdown even easier, Brett Terpstra (developer of the popular Overcast podcasting app) has created a set of services that you can implement in your workflow. Each of them is preceded by the letters “md” to keep them grouped in your Services menu.
The following Services are included:
- md – Code – Make Code Block
- md – Convert – HTML to Clipboard
- md – Convert – HTML to Markdown
- md – Convert – MultiMarkdown to HTML
- md – Convert – MultiMarkdown to RTF
- md – Emphasis – Bold
- md – Emphasis – Italics
- md – Footnotes – Convert Inline Format
- md – Footnotes – Make IDs Unique
- md – Indentation – Indent
- md – Indentation – Outdent
- md – Links – Auto-link web search
- md – Links – Auto-link Wikipedia
- md – Links – Chrome Tabs
- md – Links – Clipboard
- md – Links – Flip Link Style
- md – Links – New Link
- md – Links – Safari Tabs
- md – Links – Self-Link URLs
- md – Links – To References
- md – Lists – Bullet List
- md – Lists – Fix Numbered List
- md – Lists – Numbered List
- md – Paragraphs – Blockquote
- md – Paragraphs – Compress Empty Lines
- md – Paragraphs – Preserve Line Breaks
- md – Paragraphs – Unwrap
- md – Tables – Cleanup
- md – Wrap – Angle Brackets
- md – Wrap – Parenthesis
- md – Wrap – Square Brackets
Brett provides a detailed description of each of these services on his website. You can also download the services package from there as well.
To install the services., simply drag the Services you want to use into [user home folder]/Library/Services. You will have to enable the Services manually in the Keyboard Shortcuts preference pane of System Preferences ( ➪ System Preferences, click the Keyboard icon, click the Shortcuts tab and then click Services in the left pane. Click the check the box to the left of each service that you wish to enable.
To make my workflow even easier, I created a keyboard shortcut to the MultiMarkdown to HTML service (md – Convert – MultiMarkdown to HTML). To do s0, click in the blank, white area to the right of the Service and then click Add Shortcut when it appears, as shown below. Then, type in a combination of modifier keys (Command, Shift, Control, Option) and a letter or number. For instance, I used Alt + Shift + Command + M to activate the Convert MultiMarkdown to HTML services (don’t forget to select all of the text in your document first before launching the service).
You can download Brett’s MultiMarkdown Service Tools pack HERE. Big thanks to Brett for making this available!
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