VoodooPad has long been the best personal wiki solution. It’s an incredibly advanced linked document system that doesn’t require you to install, configure, and maintain a web server and database. We’ve been big fans for years, and we’re very happy to see that version 5.0 of VoodooPad for OS X has officially been released right next to version 2.0 on iOS.
The biggest new feature is actually an improvement to an old feature. The way syncing used to work was with MobileMe or third party WebDav servers. It was a tedious and error prone method of syncing, and now pretty much the only substantial consumer WebDav service is at end of life. In version 5, all you need to be able to sync is a DropBox account. Not only will this work seamlessly between your devices, but it will even work well when sharing your VoodooPad document with someone else. This is great news, and this alone is worth the asking price of $24.99 USD.
There are a ton of great new features in the update, but we want to focus on a few that really stand out. First up is the built-in ability to export to ePub. You can now daily export your entire VoodooPad document as an iBooks-friendly ePub file that will work on iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. Next is the ability to use John Gruber’s Markdown natively. It will convert all markdown to valid HTML on export. Pretty neat, eh? Well, it gets even better. Also included in this update is the ability to preview a fully rendered HTML version of the page you’re working on so you can double check that everything is correct before having to export the whole thing. Whew!
Also of note is that VoodooPad for iOS has reached Version 2.0. It is free for existing owners, but new purchases are $9.99. The biggest changes in this version are the syncing changes from the desktop software as well as the ability to read and write encrypted documents. Good to see all of these changes to such a great set of apps.