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A supercharged markdown editor that focuses on researchers in the arts and humanities: Writing academic texts and taking notes is a breeze!

  • Sophisticated.
  • Simple.
  • Free.

Markdown on fire

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Since its inauguration by John Gruber in 2004, Markdown has made its way to the top of writing methods. By now, there are numerous different Markdown editors from very simple applications that are designed for pure note keeping towards the most complex editors that not only support Markdown but numerous other languages as well.

Zettlr enters this broad field with a clear aim in mind: To provide the ability to take notes and write scientific papers for researchers in the arts and humanities, a group that has been underrepresented in recent developments.

Accessible demonstration
Accessible & Clean

All the powerful tools of Zettlr are always accessible and easy to find. The User Interface is clean and simple by design.

Distraction Free Mode demonstration

Write without disturbances using the distraction free mode with optional line-muting.

Heatmap search demonstration
Search by Heatmap

Zettlr uses a revolutionary heatmap algorithm to immediately visualise the relevancy of the search results.

Code Highlighting demonstration
Code Highlighting

Zettlr not only highlights your Markdown, but also a bunch of other languages.

Tagging demonstration

Never lose yourself in too many files: Tags directly show you how you are doing.

Inline rendering demonstration
What You Write is What You Get

Zettlr renders Markdown elements directly in place to show you what it will look like after exporting.

Why another editor?

With so many great markdown editors out there, the question remains why another one is necessary. I am a political theorist and therefore need to read a huge amount of texts as well as keep notes for each and every one. This makes it necessary that I keep all of my files as open as possible and also searchable.

Additionally, I tend to write my papers using as less markup and styles as possible. Word processors as Microsoft Word or LibreOffice are simply not made for easy and focused writing. That's why there is Markdown. It keeps apart your content and your final styling of a text. This way you are not distracted by all the neat formatting options word processors offer you and focus only on your content. Styling is applied in a second step.

Zettlr solves all of these problems in one single app. With Zettlr I can write in one file, simultaneously copy text from other files and finally export my papers using the powerful open source platforms pandoc and LaTeX. Simply put: Zettlr is the get-together of the best features of existing solutions and a supercharged approach to your own workflow!

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