Writing with others on the web can be a pain: most available tools are too heavy, slow, and require all collaborators to sign up. We learned why this is the case and how to make it better while building our Markdown slides in Swipe. The result is called fiddle.md and we can’t wait to see how you use it. Try it now!
What started out as a summer project has been heavily used by all of us at Swipe and our friends for months now. From writing blog posts, to prototyping newsletters, to writing specs for new projects and collecting feedback from people, it has saved us a lot of time and headaches. See more examples and read on for a more detailed overview.
Everything you write on fiddle.md comes with a link to share. The link is not indexed and it is a random string of characters, meaning that you do not have to worry about privacy. All of your changes save in real-time, so the text will always stay up-to-date.
The feature we are most proud of in fiddle.md is collaboration. Anyone can contribute to your text without changing the original: collaboration happens invisibly, without participants worrying about who is doing what and when. Each time a new collaborator changes the original fiddle, those changes are saved under a new link; a new revision.
To see all the revisions, click the toolbar on top of the interface. You will see all the entries with a handy timestamp.
Write with Markdown
fiddle.md uses Markdown to format text, making sure all styling is only a keystroke away. Use the all-familiar hashes and brackets to add headlines and links. If, like us, you sometimes forget how exactly to insert an image, we built a bespoke syntax helper to assist.
It sits invisibly at the bottom of the Edit mode. You can select the part of the text you’d like to style, press one of the buttons, and let the syntax helper do the work for you.
Edit, Preview, HTML
Split view is the default for fiddle.md. It lets you write on the left and shows an instant preview or HTML rendering on the right. You can take either of those modes full screen by adding /edit, /preview, /html to your URL or by pressing the arrows on the far right and left of the interface.
Share Preview when the document is finished, use HTML if you are working on a blog post, or go with Edit if the work is still ongoing.
Mobile first, too
We use fiddle.md as often on our phones as we do on our computers. It has made it much faster to take notes and look through comments on the go. It looks, works, and behaves the same. You can share your entries in any of the three modes and you can switch between them seamlessly.
Send us your feedback
Your feedback will help us shape fiddle.md over time, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us with any ideas, issues, or just to say hi!