You can have rich text formatting in your comments, status updates and app descriptions. Here is how you do it.
I am sure that you all are well aware of the much appreciated new feature; Share with anyone. Podio is really good at communicating their new improved features. Still there are some really cool and useful hidden gems in the web interface on podio.com.
All multi-line fields that doesn’t have the editor bar can have rich text without much effort. Bold and italic text, headers, lists, even images and tables can be inserted to make your status updates distinguished and your descriptions look better.
Bold and italics
To make text italic, wrap it in *asterisks*, and for bold **double asterisks**
Prefix text with one or more number sign (#) to make it a header. There are six levels ofheaders; use one number sign for the first header (the largest one), for the next level use two number signs etc.
# Header 1
## Header 2
### Header 3
#### Header 4
##### Header 5
###### Header 6
Prefix text with asterisk, plus sign or hyphen to create an unordered list.
Ordered lists are even easier. Use numbers followed by a period.
In my research for this article I found that it is even possible to insert images in these seemingly text-only fields. All the other tricks has been pretty straightforward and easy to remember. Images are somewhat harder to use and to remember but the added benefit definitely makes it worth learning:
![Alt text](/path/to/img.jpg "Optional title")
- An exclamation mark:
- followed by a set of square brackets, containing the
altattribute text for the image;
- followed by a set of parentheses, containing the URL or path to the image, and an optional
titleattribute enclosed in double or single quotes.
Bonus: Images uploaded to Podio will work as good as any image available on the internet as long as the user has access to the file.
Bonus 2: You can even use auto generated images to display real dynamic data like this one:
If you want to know how to create generated images using PHP, check this out.
Links are almost identical to images:
Just leave out the exclamation mark.
Although the syntax is rather complex and tedious to write by hand, it is really cool that it is possible to create tables. By using an automated process, tables could add quite a lot to readability for large sets of data. This is how you create tables:
Here are some images on how you could structure app descriptions and instructions to make them more helpful for unexperienced Podio users.
Go edit your app and fill out Description and Instructions like this:
The formatted text will show in the interface as below. A compelling and comprehendible overview.
What you have seen in this post is Markdown syntax. Markdown text-to-HTML conversion tool with the main goal is easy to read even though it has not been converted. Right now, Podio has a limited support for Markdown since it is only the web interface that converts text. The smartphone apps just output the text as it is. Tables are not supported in the original Markdown, Podio uses the same syntax for tables as PHP Markdown Extra.
Will this change how you write your comments or app and task instructions?
Have you found any other priceless gem inside Podio? Please let me know in the comments!