Show & tell with Markdown

A transparent platform to write and showcase photos as simple as editing text.

Story by WR

Meet the Nocturnal editor

If you never tried Markdown before, now is a good time. Go ahead and edit texts in left pane.


What is Markdown?

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to valid HTML.

By using Markdown, we allow content to be composed and published by any other platform that supports it. Your formatted content is not locked into any single platform.

How to Write it?

Here’s how you bold a text, italicizes it, or link it. Below is how you insert images.

This is caption
Wider images for panoramic photos

There’s more formatting that you can use to enhance your story presentation. This is just a few sample of what you can do.

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All Features

Edit live in split-editor

See instantly how your post looks like in side-by-side pane.

Attach photos easily

Search for Unsplash, Pexels or upload your own photos into the gallery.

Responsive layout

Your journal is adapted into any screen size by default.

Statistics and insights

See how many visitors engage your journal. Discover which are the most read posts.

For photo presentation

Display your photos in wide, full-width or in photo gallery. Add contextual photo aligned to left or right of paragraph.

Customize appearance

Change post header to match your topic in one-click. Choose between photo, text, or map header.

Write in Markdown

Portable writing syntax that let you write from any editor, and export to other format. See all these supported apps:


iA Writer
Bear (macOS, iOS)
Write (macOS, iOS)


MarkdownPad (Windows)
Caret (macOS, Windows, Linux)
MacDown (macOS)
WriteMonkey (Windows)
LightPaper (macOS)
Dillinger (Browser)
StackEdit (Browser)


Inkdrop (iOS, Android)
1Writer (iOS)
Permanote (iOS)
MarkdownX (Android)
JotterPad (Android)

Plan & Pricing

Nocturnal is a photo storytelling platform using Markdown as formatting syntax. Display wide images, photo galleries, embed Twitter tweets, YouTube and Vimeo videos, Instagram posts, and more just by editing text.

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