Developer: Hog Bay Software

Current Version: 2.2

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 7.2 MB - Download


For those who love plain text. FoldingText is the markdown text editor with productivity features. Unlike other editors, FoldingText does outlining, todo lists, and more.

“An incredibly easy-to-use combination of plain text based tools.”
– Pierre Wizla,

“It seems kind of crazy until you start to use it for a bit. Then, it seems like magic.”
– Patrick Rhone,

• Plain text
• Outline formatting
• Fold and Focus to see

Surprisingly Adept
• Capture your thoughts
• Write clear, focused documents
• Organize your work, to-dos, and more.

Plain Text Productivity
• Writing
• Planning
• Scheduling
• To-do Lists
• Note-taking
• And more…

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Release Notes:

New Outline View
- View your entire document structure at a glance
- Single-click to jump to an item in your document.
- Double-click to focus on an item in your document.
- View > Show Outline View, or Cmd-Alt-T

- Fix: Paddle registration issues
- Fix: Random crash on application startup
- Fix: Composition helper not showing up at cursor location
- Fix: Allow Alt-Space to enter Non-breaking Space within text
- Fix: Drag-drop not working
- Fix: Drag-drop links to url not pasting actual url
- Fix: Text becoming visually thinner near the bottom of the window
- Fix: Emails containing _ were not fully detected

If you're enjoying using FoldingText, please consider leaving a positive review and rating in the App Store. If you've reviewed or rated FoldingText before, please consider resubmitting it as ratings are reset with each release. Thank you so much for your support! We really appreciate it!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by Pennah

Does Not Support Markdown Proper - I really like this application and find it useful. No complaints. However! I am here to disuade you of the notion that it is a Markdown app. It is not. It has similar syntax and shares a lot of ideas but don't expect every aspect of Markdown to be supported. At least for the 1.0 it does not. That is all. Thank you.

Found helpful by 62 out of 68 people
Version 2.0.2
Review by DEMON_COP

Misleading marketing - This guy is great at pumping out apps that have potential, and then completely abandoning them. Look at his other apps…lots of bugs, but no updates since 2012. I will never support this developer again, and I suggest you stay far away from his products, too. There are so many features he promised for this app, and mysteriously never got around to implementing. What a sham.

Found helpful by 53 out of 60 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.2
Review by Streers

Endless possibilities - This app is so good it moved me to write a review to support this creative developer. I have not begun to scratch the surface of what this text application is capable of doing. It is becoming an integral part of my work and task management. I love that I can keep track of my billing time in a text file with the stopwatch function. Please buy this app so the developer can keep creating his magic.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 2.2
Review by ltcjcw

Blogging, and More - With the demise of Circus Pony's NoteBook I needed something to organize my thoughts, especially in support of my blogging. Task Paper has filled that need. I'll admit it took me a bit of time to get over the sheer simplicity of it. But that is ultimately it's strength. I can copy and past my work as HTML directly into Blogger, links and all, which is a big deal to me. Or .rtf to Pages. Or .txt to mail. Pretty cool. Meanwhile all my notes are elsewhere in the outline. And I'm not dealing with a slow-loading, bloated file.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 2.2
Review by Kuriokon

Excellent plain text outlining and more - I have previously reviewed this app and mentioned how much I like the way it melds a plain text editor with an outliner. It has many features and a lot of powerful tools built in. I highly recommend this app to people who want the simplicity of a text editor and the power of an outliner. And if you have the will to explore and engage the additional features in the app you may find a useful personal organizer or project manager in this software. Nowadays I spend most of my time on my iPad so I have not looked at FoldingText for months. Today I noticed an update and a new Outline View. This is fantastic. I have appreciated the feature in Nisus Writer and OmniOutliner Pro. The Outline View is a side summary outline of your document on the left inch and a half of the screen. It provides a clickable table of contents of headers and such. This Outline View does two things for me that I find essential in larger projects: (1) it allows me to quickly navigate a large outline (2) it keeps the whole project before me as I focus on one part. I am beset by many distractions in my life. The pinnacles of reaching memorable work flow have been in simple writing apps such as WriteNow and iA Writer and in structured complex outlines in apps such as OmniOutliner, MindWrite and Nisus Writer. I have really desired FoldingText to bring together these two disparate writing environments. I think the latest upgrade may have done it. I won’t be giving up my iPad Pro (Tim Cook is right) but this app will add a further aspect to the vitality of the Mac in my workflow.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.2
Review by LukeB_KY

indispensable - Love the whole premise of “folding text” and the fact that it so seamlessly handles markdown text files. I’ve used NVAlt for handling my text notes library for years — and still do for organization and searching — but FoldingText is the one editor that I liked so much that I have it set up as the default external editor for all composition and editing.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.2
Review by edsnittle

good update to solid app - I use FoldingText everyday as my primary tool for caputuring notes and data on the Mac. The fast, simple interface is superior for capturing notes in an outline and markdown formats. I’ve used FT for several years and appreciate the open access to more techy functionality.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people