I've never liked the way live-previews are implemented with Markdown editors.
The preview usually divides the writing space, which is an unacceptable compromise, in my mind.
In addition, the human brain is piss poor at multitasking (especially my brain). Our attention is constantly divided when there is something changing on the same screen as our writing. Multitasking is the enemy of quality writing.
Yet, with Markdown based editors, there is a need for semi-live feedback of our work.
This is why I've built Synchronous Preview. The goal: To strike the perfect balance between focus and feedback.
Synchronous Preview utilizes web sockets to keep a preview entangled and synchronized with your document (no page refresh required). The preview is its own separate window and you can choose to keep it as a background tab or place it on a second monitor while you're writing.
Moreover, a preview should be in a state as close to its final appearance as possible. With Synchronous Preview, the preview is a full window and your writing is shown in its final state.
Here is a picture of the new editor:
The Silvrback editor auto-saves your writing every 10 seconds when a change is detected, and you can also force a save by hovering over the Synchronous icon.
If you'd like to try it out, Silvrback has a 14-day free trial and no credit card is required. Sign up today and start writing with Silvrback.
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