Apple &Software 05 Apr 2006 05:28 pm

Ranchero Software: MarsEdit 1.1.2

Blog editor from Ranchero software:MarsEdit. I just downloaded MarsEdit and my initial impression is that it rocks. After editing a bunch of blog entries using the MovableType web interface, it is really nice to use a real desktop app to do the editing. Even better that it is well-done.

I have been using NetNewsWire for a long time and have always loved it for RSS feed reading. I had not upgraded to 2.0 because I knew that the built-in weblog editor was going away, even though I had stopped using that too.

Well, with the new MacBook, I looked at NetNewsWire 2.0 again and realized it was a free upgrade. So, I upgraded, and it is a great improvement over 1.x. However, this, of course, took away the weblog editor I wasn’t using.

So, the pain of online editing with MovableType pushed me to try it, and I am glad that I did. Here’s an example of how nice it is:

I pointed it at my blog and it did all the work to figure out what kind of blog software it was and where the login and configuration would be, then it just asked me for the correct credentials and that was all I had to do.

As I edit, I can see previews without the round-trip to the server. Also, it has spell-checking and all kinds of other goodies. It also supports several markup languages.

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