Obsidian has released v0.13 and v0.13.1 that includes the “Live Preview” (AKA WYSIWYG mode) experimental feature. The releases are available to “insiders” – users who $contributed to development.
The mode operates a bit like Typora – markdown code is “hidden” except when the text is edited. v0.13/13.1 comes with lots of caveats – there will be bugs, underlying editor code has changed, community plugins might not work, themes and CSS snippets might bread, etc. This is a thrill-seekers release – do not use it on data you care about.
But, it’s nice to see this frequently-requested feature is making it through the pipeline.
Was thinking of switching from Craft back to Obsidian yesterday and saw that this was in the insider release notes. Instant switch for me, I’ve always found it a pain to switch between the editor and preview mode (or have two panes just for that).
After using it for the morning I haven’t run into any issues from what I can tell. Works exactly as expected, a la Typora. Hoping I didn’t just jinx myself but thankfully my Obsidian vault is relatively new and hardly has any notes right now
I’m looking forward to this getting even more polished off, and any other nice features they bring on board!
It’s basically what @jslp said – “live preview” eliminates the need to switch between edit and preview modes. It’s what the developers have said they would delivery. It’s a bit similar to what DEVONthink introduced earlier this year.
IMO, “proper WYSIWYG” gets you to the same point as RTF, and if that’s the requirement then why bother with a markdown editor at all?
Personally, I work with an edit pane (w/o live preview) on the left and preview synced with it on the right.
I feel like it should be in live preview mode all the time, otherwise, it isn’t WYSIWYG.
It’s like showing everything in a web view mode, and as soon as you start typing on it, all the HTML tags start showing up . That isn’t WYSIWYG TBH.
What would be good is if live preview mode is the default mode for editing and viewing and no markdown syntax shows up, unless you explicitly switch to it. The files underneath are still markdown files so data mobility is easy. Not sure if that was technically challenging though.
But either way, whatever the devs decided. It’s a free app and also works well. But this doesn’t live up to the hype for me
When is live preview available for Mac and iOS? One of the frustrations of trying to use Obsidian for long-form writing (I use it primary for research at the moment) is the clutter when using markdown It distracts from the thinking and writing flow–at least it does for me.
Obsidian’s developers never announce release dates. As I mentioned in my original post, Obsidian live preview just had its first beta release for supporters. You can obtain that release by becoming a supporter, or waiting until the public release. Given the complexity of this new change, and the list of things that need to be incorporated, I wouldn’t expect this is public for a few weeks at best.