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The iPhone has long had a shortcoming in Mail and that's rich text. Emails are sent by default in full HTML and so if you copy and paste you can see that they are in fact rich text. What you can't do is enter rich text yourself. It's not often I want to add bold or headers to my emails, but sometimes it's good to make lists, or to italicise something.


Enter, Markdown Mail for iPhone. It's a very basic app that allows you to create draft emails using Markdown. If you are familiar with Markdown then you don't need to know any more, just download it. If you aren't familiar with Markdown then it's simple to explain. It's a very simple syntax (by the famous John Gruber). It allows you to type in plain text and easily convert that to valid HTML (which the iPhone Mail app can read and send). The syntax is pretty simple to learn and there is a great website for playing with it here.


It's all very simple, but highly effective. Well worth the download.

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