MarsEdit: Blankbaby Approved

marseditapproved.gifThis is the inaugural post in a new category, ‘Blankbaby Approved.’

What is this all about? I often want to write reviews about various products but I don’t want to clutter the site with categories for software reviews, movie reviews, book reviews, and random reviews. My solution? Create a catch all category, with a little logo, and have at it.

I have been using MarsEdit since it was in beta, and it made me change my opinion of weblog editing software. I tried using ecto a long time ago, and it left me thinking, ‘why would anyone need to use a blog editor?’ And then Ranchero Software announced that the blog editor in NetNewsWire would be seperated into a stand alone product (and would be completey rewritten). Not only that, but if you paid for a license for NetNewsWire 1.0 (which I did), you get a free upgrade to 2.0 (not out yet), and a free license to the new weblog editor, MarsEdit (which just reached 1.0 a few days ago).

The highest compliment I can give MarsEdit is that I can’t imagine posting to Blankbaby without it. MarsEdit is an indispensable part of my blogging toolkit, and it looks like it will just get better.

MarsEdit, consider yourself ‘Blankbaby Approved.’ Please use your powers for awesome.


5 responses to “MarsEdit: Blankbaby Approved”

  1. Brent, feel free to use any of this on your marketing materials. As Philadelphia’s Most Influential Blogger™ my opinion has a lot of weight with the Blogosphere.

  2. All respect to Brent, but… I just don’t seen any real advantages to using MarsEdit over the MT web interface. Reading over it’s feature set I think AppleScript support might lend MarsEdit to some interesting workflow applications but it’s nothing using the AppleScript and it’s own XML-RPC stuff can’t handle either.
    The few times I’ve tried it I was disappointed in how it never knew that I always turn on comments and trackbacks in my posts, and that I always use Markdown with Smarty Pants for syntax. It should know that.
    It never took advantage of any of the richness a Mac OS X app can have either. How about next time I insert an image it lets me live resize it in the editing area, or let me apply common changes to it, like inserting a watermark over an image, or a 1px black boarder.
    I’ll stick with MT’s interface for now. Thanks anyway. Now get back to improving NetNewsWire 😛

  3. Brent, you’re welcome! I really enjoy using MarsEdit!
    Mike, It sounds like you were using one of the early betas. Brent fixed the comment/trackback/Smarty Pants thing for 1.0, if I am not mistaken. And I for one dont’ want to code my own Applescript application to do this kinda thing. But different strokes for different folks.

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