My Blog Client: Mars Edit

I saw Charles Beckham's entry on Mac blogging clients and felt I needed to send some love to my current blog editor of choice: Mars Edit. I used to be a Ecto fan, but the development on it has really slowed over the past two years (i.e. almost stopped). And while I really like the rich text WSYWIG mode, as often as not, it has some problem that makes me create my entry in HTML anyway. I have bought it, so I still hold out hope that the long awaited version 3 ships this year. Long story short, I've moved over to Mars Edit and use it extensively. Things I like about it include:
  • It's very mac-like in that follows most of the Apple human interface rules.
  • What is does, it does without surprise. This isn't always the case with visual editing in Ecto.
  • Supports a large number of blogs (although not Roller, except through the MetaWeb compatibility mode). I've posted most of my entries with Mars Edit.
  • It has very good image uploading tools. And now with Flickr integration.
  • Updates come pretty frequently. Version 2.0 just shipped yesterday.
Overall, Mars Edit just seems to flow better for me.
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Hopefully, we'll see some movement on Ecto soon.
Comments:

Thanks a lot for your kind words. I'm sure you know that all the hard work of software engineering pays off big-time when somebody notices you are doing a good job :)

Posted by Daniel Jalkut on September 04, 2007 at 07:56 AM PDT #

I'm trying MarsEdit currently, and I haven't figured out how to use it with blogs.sun.com. It just refuses to accept my password. Any hints?

Thanks!

Posted by Pavel Anni on February 05, 2008 at 02:14 PM PST #

Hi Pavel - I don't have any personal experience with it but I spotted this entry about one blogger's setup in MarsEdit:

http://blogs.sun.com/pat/entry/marsedit_configuration_for_roller

I hope that helps!

Daniel

Posted by Daniel Jalkut on February 05, 2008 at 02:18 PM PST #

I have mine setup to post to this blog as:

Name: Home (just a name to id this blog)
Home URL: http://blogs.sun.com/home/ (my website url)
Software: Other MetaWeblog-compatible
RPC URL: http://blogs.sun.com/roller-services/xmlrpc (common for all weblogs on blogs.sun.com)
Blog ID: home (the name of my blog)

Hope this helps.

Posted by ken Pepple on February 05, 2008 at 04:05 PM PST #

Thanks for the answer.
I also found this post helpful:
http://www.red-sweater.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=550

Posted by Pavel Anni on February 05, 2008 at 04:49 PM PST #

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