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By Jason Snell

BBEdit gets revamped Markdown preview

If you write in BBEdit (I do), using Markdown (I do), you may be interested by an update in a recent BBEdit public beta, which dramatically improves Markdown preview.

Most notably, Bare Bones has rewritten BBEdit’s preview command to use the current version of WebKit, which results in much less flashing and scrolling when it’s updating. This is a major step forward, as I had given up using BBEdit’s built-in preview feature due to its distracting flashing every time it tried to update my document as I was writing.

There’s also support for Markdown-specific control over rendering, via the Languages settings, and support for numerous Markdown flavors, including CommonMark, classic Markdown, and MultiMarkdown (which is what I use) if it’s installed.

If you write in BBEdit, now would be a great time to try out its Preview command if you haven’t used it in a while. Assuming, that is, you install the most recent BBEdit beta.

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