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I recently bought an Android tablet with a keyboard, and would like to use it to take notes of conferences, lectures, meetings etc. On a Windows or Linux notebook, I would use the excellent LyX system for this. LyX basically allows you to write structured text without worrying about the layout, saying "this is a #3 heading" or "this should be emphasized" instead of "this should be bold and a larger size". LyX then allows you to export your text as PDF, DOC, ODF, LaTeX and so on.

I am looking for an App that allows a similar approach to writing for Android. What I already tested:

  • Writer is almost what I'm searching, a minimalist text editor that understands Markdown and saves its document as plain text on the Android device (no network necessary). I'd like a few more formatting options and an export feature, though.

  • Write:Tablet doesn't seem to have many structuring features

  • Most "office" packages like Polaris Office do not offer format templates, but restrict the user to bold / italic / font size types of formatting

  • Google Docs needs a constant net connection

So, I'm aware that this is a very small niche I am looking for here, and such an app would probably not make sense on phones, but is there another interesting tool for structured text creation?

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Thanks for introducing Lyx, pretty impressive open source app.

There are two products from Verbosus. I understood that Lyx is a Latex based tool and hence producing this link.

I am not confident enough whether suggested Latex editor will be equivalent to Lyx, but just trying to help.

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You might want to take a look at one of the following apps:

  • NoteLynX Pro Outliner: Hierarchical organization of notes, customizable CSS, lots of formatting options, hyperlinks and more, XML export
  • Wikilin: As the name suggest, a wiki-style editor. Cross-platform, different formatting options
  • Ema Personal Wiki: Another wiki-style editor with dropbox support, also a Windows version available
  • WikiMind note: Again wiki-style editor, cross-document links, macro support, encryption support

There are also several LaTeX editors on the market, but to me they looked rather complicated. From your question I take it you prefer something like wiki-style -- but feel free to offer a more detailed description of what you are looking for.

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There are several Markdown editors for Android, but it's hard to compare and this are evolving. What I have found so far, includes (sorted alphabetically):

To find the best application for your needs, first make clear the most important features, such as Dropbox sync or support of a specific Markdown dialect - for instance information about the latter is hard to find from the official app description. For this reason I cannot recommend one app (shopping recommendations should not be given at this place anyway).

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If you want to a markdown text editor which has export capability, you should try JotterPad X.

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