I just downloaded MarsEdit and I’m giving it a trial run. I’m just finding the WordPress admin a bit… web-like. I’ve probably stared at those shades of blue a little too much.

So far so good. The setup wizard which popped up the first time I opened MarsEdit was extremely simple — one dialog for the blog name and URL, another for the username and password, and I was good to go. The interface is very clean and I’ve got everything within one click.

I was fiddling around with the preferences and got a nice surprise — support for Markdown! Also, the side panel for selecting categories is very nice. It does what the WordPress categories selector can’t do, which is work like a part of the OS. That’s definitely one of the pros of using a desktop blogging software.

Flickr Support in MarsEdit

The Flickr support is seamless — just click on a button which takes you to Flickr to authorize MarsEdit to access your account, then you’re good to go! One thing, though — you can’t upload photos from within MarsEdit. That would really be great.

Unfortunately, there are a few things either aren’t supported or I can’t find (probably the second one).

  • Tags — I can’t find the keywords field? There’s a rather obscure (not in the main posting window) option for Technorati tags, but from gut feeling and the fact that it says it appends them to your post, I don’t think this would work with the internal tagging system introduced in WordPress 2.3?
  • WordPress uploads — this is probably more WordPress’ lack of support for this area of the XML-RPC support. But nowadays I use Flickr for images — the WordPress uploader is in dire need for an overhaul — so I’m fine.

All in all, MarsEdit is very nice software. The developer, Daniel Jalkut, was a great help for nursing the WordPress XML-RPC interface for 2.3, and I must say he’s done a very good job with MarsEdit. It even feels Mac OS X-y!

3 Comments

  • Thanks for giving MarsEdit a spin and for writing so extensively (and positively!) about it.

    To reply to a couple of your questions, you can send Keywords that work with the tags feature of WP 2.3, the field is just hidden by default because it doesn’t apply to most people. If you select from the main menu View -> Keywords Field, it will stick “on” for that weblog and be visible until you hide it again. It basically gives you the power to control what your post windows look like, to a certain extent.

    WordPress uploads work to the minimal extent that WordPress supports the metaweblog “media” upload. From the Upload pane of MarsEdit’s Media Manager, just drag a file in and select your WordPress blog from the popup. Leave the “in” field blank because WordPress doesn’t really use this for anything useful.

    Daniel

  • Ah, that’s where the tags are. I’m not too worried about the WordPress media — Flickr does the job much better, heh.

    Anyways, all in all, very nice job with MarsEdit!

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