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MarkdownPad 2.2.1 Released

Change Log

  • Improved: More descriptive error messages and better error handling for GitHub Flavored Markdown issues.

  • Fixed: Minor Markdown syntax highlighting issue when using hyperlink syntax in Markdown Extra style footnotes.

Published on 26 July 2013

MarkdownPad 2.2.0 now speaks Danish

New Translation

I’m happy to announce that MarkdownPad now supports Danish (da-DK). Thank you to Mikael Lyngvig for providing the translations!

Change Log

  • Added: Selected character count in status bar (visible when text is selected).

  • Added: Splash screen while MarkdownPad is loading. This can be disabled under Tools → Options → Advanced tab.

  • Added: PDF Export features: Customizable margins, orientation, and paper size under Tools → Options → File tab.

  • Added: Open File in New Window feature to right-click context menu of document tabs. When used, will open the current document in a new instance of MarkdownPad. Useful for keeping two documents side-by-side.

  • Improved: If an error occurs while processing GitHub Flavored Markdown, the error message will be displayed in the LivePreview pane rather than via a message box.

  • Improved: In Options window, if clickable hyperlinks are disabled, the hyperlink color picker is also disabled.

  • Modified: Moved spell check options icon to leftmost area of status bar.

  • Translations: Added Danish (da-DK).

  • Translations: Updated all translations.

  • Fixed: Missing strings in some translations.

Bonus: More descriptive version numbers

Starting with this release, MarkdownPad’s version numbers will now tell you more about the new version.

  • The first number is the major version number, which will always be 2.
  • The second number will be incremented when new features are added to MarkdownPad.
  • The third number will be incremented when the update only contains minor changes or fixes.
  • The fourth number (visible in the About menu) remains a unique build identifier.
Published on 22 July 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.20 Released

  • Fixed: Minor Markdown syntax highlighting issue with inline and reference-style hyperlinks
Published on 28 June 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.19 Released

  • Added: Option to reload the current file from its source on disk under the File menu

  • Added: Character count to status bar

  • Added: Selected word count and selected character count (only visible when text is selected)

  • Added: (Experimental) Option to automatically include a Markdown document in HTML output. This document will not be visible in the Editor pane, but it will be automatically included in the output HTML version of your document. This allows users to create a “reference” Markdown file full of reference-style hyperlinks that can be accessed across all documents in MarkdownPad.

  • Improved: Button size in the Unlock Pro window for some locales

  • Improved: Visual improvements to the Options window

  • Improved: The spell check button in status bar is now dimmed when disabled, rather than shown with a red X

  • Fixed: Many fixes to Markdown syntax highlighting in the Editor pane, including strong, emphasis, inline code blocks and hyperlinks

  • Fixed: The Save All command will now only save files that have changes

  • Fixed: Issue with text size in Options window tabs with high DPI settings

  • Updated Translations: Updated translations for German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese

  • Minor additional fixes and improvements

Many new additional features are in development for future releases. Thank you for all the tweets, emails, bug reports, forum posts, and general feedback. Keep them coming!

Published on 28 June 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.18 Released

  • Added: Option to disable internet connection verification under ToolsOptionsAdvanced tab.
Published on 03 June 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.17 Released

  • Added: “Copy File Path” option added to right-click menu of tabs. Using this option will copy the full path of the file to the clipboard.

  • Fixed: File modified by external program notification was too sensitive on some operating systems

Published on 01 June 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.16 Released

Published on 31 May 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.15 now speaks Japanese and French!

With the release of MarkdownPad 2.1.15, I’m very happy to announce that MarkdownPad now supports Japanese (ja-JP) and French (fr-FR), which brings the total number of supported languages to 10! My sincere thanks to all of the users that have helped with these translations.

This update also brings many new improvements and fixes, which are explained in detail below.

Full Changelog

  • Added Translations: Japanese (ja-JP), French (fr-FR)

  • Updated Translations: Korean, German (Germany), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal), Russian (Russia), Polish, Chinese (PRC)

  • Added: Notification and option to reload file if it was modified or deleted outside of MarkdownPad. This feature can be disabled under ToolsOptionsFile tab → Monitor if open documents are modified or deleted on disk.

  • Added: Option to automatically reload file if modified outside of MarkdownPad

  • Added: Option to view formatting marks in the Editor pane

  • Added: Option to customize the hyperlink color in the Editor pane

  • Added: Ability to open multiple new instances of MarkdownPad under FileNew Window

  • Added: Option to disable automatic continuation of lists

  • Added: Keyboard shortcuts for Export HTML (Ctrl+Shift+1) and Export PDF (Ctrl+Shift+2)

  • Improved: Spell check settings are now in the status bar for easier access - you no longer need to go to Options to change spell check language

  • Improved: Spell check is disabled by default if the user’s system language isn’t available as a spell check dictionary

  • Improved: Several user interface and organizational improvements to the Options window

  • Improved: GitHub Flavored Markdown: If no network connection, displays message in LivePreview pane rather than display error dialogs

  • Improved: Startup speed on some systems

  • Fixed: Home and End keys now work as expected in the Editor pane

  • Fixed: Keyboard shortcut conflict between Save As and Save All

  • Fixed: Relative image support not working when using Preview in Browser feature

  • Fixed: Minor issue when closing a blank Insert Image window

  • Fixed: Multiple dialogs appearing when closing the CSS code editor window

  • Fixed: In some scenarios, Markdown was still being rendered in the background when LivePreview was disabled

Published on 31 May 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.14 Released


  • New installer! The new installer no longer requires administrator privileges (and it looks prettier). However, if your computer is missing any prerequisites like .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, administrator privileges will be required to install them.

  • Improved: MarkdownPad now stores its custom files in the local user’s Roaming data folder. This means that if you use MarkdownPad on a domain, your custom CSS files and custom spell check dictionaries will follow your user account on the domain. MarkdownPad will automatically migrate your custom files from the previous location to the new location.

  • Improved: External browser preview files will now be (once again) stored in the Windows Temporary Files folder. However, they will still support relative image paths.

  • Modified: Distraction-free shortcut has been changed from F10 to F11

  • Fixed: Various issues with Markdown syntax highlighting, including reference-style hyperlinks and images, code blocks, bold, and italic formatting

  • Fixed: Go To Line window would display an error if closing it via the “X”

  • Updated: Acknowledgements

Published on 25 April 2013

MarkdownPad 2.1.13 Released

This is an update that many of you have been looking forward to: MarkdownPad now supports rendering the entire Markdown document in the LivePreview pane.

In case you don’t know what this means, I’ll explain:

MarkdownPad 2 was designed with a high-performance Markdown rendering engine. This allowed MarkdownPad 2 to handle documents of any size, even in situations where MarkdownPad 1 would begin to experience performance issues. However, this high-performance rendering engine had a few side effects that caused minor rendering issues in LivePreview with elements like complex nested lists, long code blocks, and reference-style hyperlinks and images.

With the release of MarkdownPad 2.1.13, you can now choose which rendering method is right for you: High Performance mode or Full Document mode. Full Document mode is enabled by default, but you can change the rendering mode under ToolsOptionsMarkdown tab → Rendering Mode.

Here’s what you need to know about the two systems:

Full Document Mode

This mode is similar to the original rendering system used in MarkdownPad 1, and will render your entire document in the LivePreview pane. This means your documents will appear as intended in the LivePreview pane. The downsides are that this mode may experience performance issues in large documents (20,000+ words) and you may find that the scrollbar synchronization is less accurate than in High Performance mode.

High Performance Mode

This is the mode that originally launched with MarkdownPad 2. Along with other improvements, only the content that is visible in the Editor pane will be rendered in the LivePreview pane. This mode can handle documents of any length, and will typically offer more accurate scrollbar synchronization. Its downside is that you may observe some minor rendering issues in certain situations (although they only affect LivePreview, nothing else).

With the inclusion of two rendering modes, users will have better control over their Markdown documents and will be able to choose the system that best fits their needs. If you have any questions or feedback, I invite you to contact me or visit the MarkdownPad forums.

Full Changelog

  • Added: MarkdownPad now renders the entire document by default. High Performance mode can be re-enabled under ToolsOptionsMarkdown tab → Rendering Mode.

  • Added: Added: Option to copy rendered content from the LivePreview pane, which can be pasted into rich text word processors or email applications. This feature can be accessed under EditCopy LivePreview Content, or by selecting content in the LivePreview pane, right clicking, and selecting Copy. Note: this issue works best with Full Document rendering mode enabled.

  • Modified: Go To Line shortcut was changed to Ctrl+Shift+G to avoid issues with international keyboards.

  • Fixed: The input field in the Go To Line window is now focused by default.

  • Fixed: If manually installing an update, you will be prompted to save any unsaved changes before continuing.

  • Fixed: Rare error message that could occur when window position was being restored during application start-up.

  • Improved: Minor visual improvements to the Options window.

Published on 18 April 2013