I do a LOT of writing in markdown, as do many other people who do a lot of writing today. Dynalist is so close to being the best writing tool for people like myself, all it would take is a few small tweaks to export.
Dynalist near is perfect for composition. The big issue is that it’s currently a major pain to get your writing OUT of dynalist and into a proper format so that it can be published.
What the export needs to look like:
- plain text
- needs to be a flat document with no indentation (in markdown, headings are handled via your markup, i.e. ‘# heading 1’, ‘## heading 2’ and not indentation)
- needs to be double spaced so that each bullet becomes a paragraph (currently it outputs a single spaced document which in markdown, makes all your bullets become one big paragraph. It gets messy having to insert a bunch of blank bullets into your outline to get the right output)
- “Export visible items only” checkbox must affect notes as well (right now it doesn’t so you need to remove all your notes before exporting, having the ability to leave them in makes it much more flexible)
IMO, if these options are enabled via checkboxes on the export popup, then Dynalist becomes the best writing tool in existence. Infinite zoom, cloud-based w/backup, tags, documents, folders, exceptional outline manipulation, custom hotkeys, PLUS the ability to easily future proof your work AND effortlessly export it to the preferred modern writing format?
Congratulations, you just beat Scrivener, Gingkoapp, Evernote, Omni-everything, Workflowy, and every single minimalist markdown editor out there.
I think it’s shortsighted to market dynalist as simply an outlining tool. This is a serious writers dream. I’ve worked heavily with all these different tools and dynalist is so close to what I want. I can use it currently because I can use Vim to fill in the formatting gaps, but your average user can’t.
With these changes, maybe a word count tool, and some marketing directed toward writers, you guys could dominate writing tool niche.