When comparing LightPaper for Mac vs MWeb, the Slant community recommends MWeb for most people. In the question“What are the best Markdown editors for OS X?” MWeb is ranked 13th while LightPaper for Mac is ranked 18th.
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Pro Extended markdown support
Can be extended to support Multimarkdown, GFM-style code fences with syntax highlighting and even math rendering.
Pro PDF & HTML export
Pro Advanced file-management built-in
Can browse and open files and even has a built-in fuzzy file search.
Pro Built-in preview
Pro Your own preview template is supported
You can create your own template that is aligned with your branding.
Pro Excellent support of LaTeX equations
Pro Small but powerful
It has file tree, can post article, can upload pictures, can render in pretty preview themes, and is small and fast.
Pro Supports publishing to popular web platforms
MWeb can publish Markdown files to various web platforms including (but not limited to) Wordpress, Metaweblog, Evernote, Blogger and Tumblr.
Pro Syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks
MWeb has syntax highlighting for some popular programming languages inside fenced code blocks.
Pro Supports publishing a static blog on FTP
Possible to manage your self-hosted static blog with your own css
Pro There's a free version, Mweb lite, on Mac OS and iOS
Pro Supports both its own database and external folders
So you can have a side project stored on its database, and your current notes on external folder, with simple files, that could be share with other apps.
Pro Drag & drop or paste photos to the editor and display
Supports adding pictures to a Markdown file either through drag-and-drop or by pasting it.
Con Spell checking needs to be activated every time you open a file
In order to activate the spell checker you have to do so every time you open a file in LightPaper. There's no way to leave this setting on by default.
Con No free version
MWeb costs $14.99 and is available on the Mac App Store. There's a free trial available but it's only for 14 days which may not be enough to make a good evaluation of the software before buying.