Recently, I had a chance to read and participate in two different discussions about which app, feature or service is better for a specific task or use case. In the first case, someone was asking about Ulysses handling of Markdown links. The question triggered a really enlightening discussion about how Ulysses, and many more writing apps for that matter, was good or not at certain things like Markdown handling in general1. In the second case, Lee Peterson exposes his disdain for being forced into using the block-based Gutenberg editor, replacing the venerable classic editor. Again, a simple blog post triggered a great exchange about where WordPress seems to be heading2.

Regarding Ulysses, I’m a fan of its Markdown handling. The fact that I don’t see Markdown tags while writing is a big plus for me. However, I wouldn’t mind having the option to toggle this feature on and off so I can appreciate Markdown in all its glory. As for the Gutenberg editor, I admit I wasn’t a fan at first. But over time, it grew on me to the point where I wouldn’t consider going back. The block-based editor is also the approach Craft is taking, and it’s working its magic.

Ultimately, the beauty of these discussions lies in the diversity of opinions. It’s not about who’s right or wrong but about each of us finding the app that best suits our needs and preferences for the task at hand.

  1. I’m a big fan of Ulysses, but there are definitely areas where improvements would be welcomed. One such area is the publishing workflow. ↩︎

  2. The idea of introducing Stories on is simply stupid. I don’t want WordPress to copy Snapchat or Instagram. ↩︎