Michael Schechter puts out a call to developers:
My skills fall far short of what’s needed here, but I though I’d get the ball rolling and offer up the easy part. I can’t provide Markdown newbies the right tool, but I can offer some insight for developers into what they might need and want. Keep in mind, I’ve already done this the long, hard, stupid way, manually converting my essential files, so this is in no way, shape or form a personal request. I don’t need this, but I think there is a significant and growing audience who does. The tool I’m suggesting needs to be simple, it needs to be something that anyone at any level can use. The minute you start talking in code, scripts, services, macros, you’ve lost those who need this most. This needs to be a self-contained, user friendly application, not some combination of slick scripts and services.
With this in mind, here’s a rough idea for a product aimed at the average person writing for the web. Users should be able to drag several files (including at least RTF, Doc and Docx) into an app or onto either a dock or menubar icon to begin queuing the files.