(Please note: Webvantix is not an affiliate of MarsEdit or Red Sweater Software, nor does Webvantix receive any remuneration for its reviews)
For a long time I had been annoyed with the speed of moving around WordPress when creating a blog post. Slow sign-in process, typical Internet lag, even on high speed access. When I started a second blog I knew I needed a piece of software that would speed up my ability to post. And while I use Evernote from multiple platforms (iPhone/iPad/Laptop/Desktop) to get fast ideas saved for a later time, I wanted a blogging client that would enable me to either post directly to my blogs, or at least get in-depth ideas down as they came to me.
When I finally purchased the new Macbook Air in late July, I knew one of the first apps I would purchase for it would be a blogging client, and I went shopping for the best.
I found it in MarsEdit, which is available only on the Mac platform (no Windows platform being developed), and have actually been lucky enough to have corresponded with the developer and owner Daniel Jalkut, a former Apple software engineer who worked on Mac OS 7-9, and Mac OS X.
MarsEdit was originally developed by Brett Simmons as a part of NetNewsWire and was later split off as stand alone software. Jalkut acquired MarsEdit in 2007 and has been developing it since version 1.1. Currently MarsEdit’s users number in the thousands, and often sing its praises.
At the core of using stand alone software to create and post your blogs is speed–and with our busy schedules, squeezing every available moment out of the day is always a goal, vs. waiting for a browser to identify that you’re trying to backspace to correct a typo. MarsEdit is as fast as you can move, and that, by itself, makes it a great tool.
Speaking with Jalkut there are several other advantages that users enjoy about MarsEdit:
-Avoids the possibility of losing typed content because of a browser mishap.
- Provides a consistent UI for editing blogs hosted on various different services.
- Provides integrated access to native desktop stuff like iPhoto Library, drag and drop support of images.
One of the few, very few, concerns I have read is regarding media manipulation, and this is currently being addressed as one of the main areas for improvement. If you’re a user of the WordPress All in One SEO plugin, and you should be, you will have access to manipulating the Title Tags, but it will take some work. I simply upload to WP, then review and add all SEO functionality before publishing.
As a user, now a paid user of MarsEdit (you can get a 30 day free trial by downloading the software from the MarsEdit website, vs. downloading from the App Store), the aspects that I have found overwhelmingly advantageous are the ability to quickly get your ideas down, even when you cannot access the Internet, and the speed at which you can create a new post for any of your blogs–regardless of blogging service platform. Once you are finished you can easily “Send to Blog” as either a Published or a Draft to further fine tune, or schedule it for later delivery.
If you’re a serious blogger, with limited time, try MarsEdit, at $40, it’s not cheap, but I have found it worth every penny!
I hope this little bit of information helps!
-Preston Ehrler, Webvantix