I also couldn’t help noticing that the documents were nicer looking than the ones I generate with a combination of Pandoc and Libre Office, and something about the look of the documents and the fonts used made me suspect that it wasn’t using a conversion via LaTeX or one of its variants.
I don’t know what it is about TeX documents but there’s a certain style, almost a smell, about them that’s strangely distinctive.
So, always curious I fed a pdf document created with MarkdowntoPDF through Apache Tika:
Content-Length: 30235 Content-Type: application/pdf Creation-Date: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z Last-Modified: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z Last-Save-Date: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z created: Tue Feb 04 14:28:46 EST 2014 date: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z dcterms:created: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z dcterms:modified: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z meta:creation-date: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z meta:save-date: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z modified: 2014-02-04T03:28:46Z producer: mPDF 5.6 resourceName: add78ef0 xmpTPg:NPages: 1
Which also means that the service uses HTML as an intermediate file format rather then TeX or ODT, and also opens up the idea of the multi platform document - write it once, generate a web version for display and provide an easy way to automatically generate a pdf document for printing, emailing out, or archiving in evernote …
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