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MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.

What's New

Version 3.6.5:
  • Restore functionality for Flickr after recent API changes
  • Fix a crash that could occur on some systems while trying to locate the Growl framework
  • Fix a bug where blank document windows were sometimes opened upon launching

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Aglee Member IconReview+6
Aglee
+1

I've relied on MarsEdit for years for posting to all my blogs. It's really nice having offline copies and drafts that I can edit and hit Command-S on like with any normal Mac document. WordPress's online UI keeps getting better and better, but there's no substitute for having a local copy.

Having local copies has come in handy a few times to do a quick search across my whole blog for some bit of text -- perhaps to make a quick change across multiple articles. It's so easy I take it for granted now.

There is one non-blogging purpose I've used MarsEdit for a couple of times. I've used the Markdown feature to dash off an email that I really wanted to be in rich text, with bullet points and distinct headers. I enter the Markdown text, copy the rich text from the Preview window, and paste it in my email.

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Version 3.6.2
CFrag Member IconReview+95
CFrag
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Mars Edit is a capable, yet simple-to-use editor for Wordpress (and other) based blogs. I'm only using it for Wordpress (self-hosted) blogs, so I cannot comment on how well it integrates with other blogs.

In the context of your blog, ME allows you to create and update articles as well as stand-alone pages. I like the ability to switch between HTML and Rich Text editing (I am *not* the world's greatest HTML buff), and seeing the results in the preview window updating live is a great help. Since you can do much of that from within WP itself, the killer feature of ME is being able to create articles off-line and later synch them to your Blog. During sync, articles (and static pages) that I wrote on-line are synced back to ME. I found that ME does this very well. Offline editing is important to me because I compose most of my articles on my *ooooold* laptop, being on the road, between meetings, or (usually) sitting in a quaint, but lovely Coffee Shop without internet access. I don't know why, but that's simply where I write best.

In a direct comparison with on-line editing from within WP I found that I prefer to edit my text in ME, and then upload. A personal preference, for sure, but still...

There are some minor quibbles or features that I wish ME would implement to make my experience even more pleasant (chiefly amongst them being able to select between templates for common wp templates like 'twenty-eleven'. Not everyone is able to extract HTML formatting from WP's templates and transfer them to ME. Well, at least *I* am not. Having that (or a template that is close enough) would really be the icing on the cake.

And now to my current pet topic:
To those who think that ME's price is 'too expensive': Please reconsider. I know that in the age of the App Store where the ongoing race to the bottom kills software fast it has become fashionable call software that cost more than $1 'expensive'.
But seriously, you as the customer have three options:
- Don't purchase because the value isn't right for you. Fair, but please do not comment on the software's features.
- Purchase because you DO find the value proposition justifiable. Then comment on the features, but do not say it should be cheaper. You got it's worth.
- Shut up, make a better product, and offer it for less. *That* is what 'real men' do. Guess why there aren't better offline WP editors available for less available on the Mac.
Personally, I find the price for ME to be well justifiable. It's rock solid. You get personal support from the Author, which I find very appealing. But most importantly: It costs less than 10 coffees (I average two at my coffee shop, so I spend more in a week on coffee than I have spent on ME in eternity), for crying out loud! Is that really expensive? Admittedly, my coffee is - but then I'm prepared to pay for that as well.

Ok, off the soapbox...

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Version 3.6.2
Jfm Member IconComment+73
Jfm
+2

Congratulations to the developer for having solved the Tumblr problem: it is working again as it used to.

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Version 3.5.6
MetroMrX Member IconReview+66
MetroMrX
+4

This blog editor is nice and works as advertised. The only think the dev should consider is the price tag. I mean, for $40 I expect a fully loaded pro blog editor and that is not the case.
$9.99 justify. Higher not.

I rate this 4.5 stars to get the devs do some thinking. If next time the price is the same I will rate this 2 stars.
Think about it.

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Version 3.5.4
Jfm
+3

Whgen considering the quality of the tool, compared to other, similar products, I find the price justified. True, it is not cheap, but it is not outrageous: it remains within a reasonable range. Before buying MarsEdit, I had bought other similar apps, that I stopped using after some time, because they ended up being disappointing. But MarsEdit has proved reliable, and pleasant to use.
I hope that you are joking when telling that you would give two stars to the product next time, if the price does not go down: what everybody expects from a rating is an evaluation of the quality of the product, not of the price.The price issue can be mentioned if the comments, if you feel the need to do so. But rating a quality app poorly just because you are not willing to pay for it would not be fair, and not be helpful to other users.

JCH2
+0

The only reason the price might be justified is because there is nothing better inside the Apple closed universe. All platforms taken as a whole, there are better packages for free.

But as said, it is the best in the Mac world.

Star-Affinity
+1

Any examples of these free alternatives on other platforms you speak of?

JCH2
+0

Star, if you've hung around here long enough, you already know some of them. LiveWriter 2011 (and even its weaker 2008 version) have set the bar. Even the most extensive of the online Wordpress authoring plugins can't match up. But there have been others as well in the past that surpass MarsEdit in the present. One was Raven, though it was built pretty exclusively for the LiveJournal system; still, its WYSIWYG was vastly superior to that of ME... which really doesn't have turn WYSIWYG.

ylluminate Member IconReview+282
ylluminate
+5

I really want to like MarsEdit. A) There are still some areas where Live Writer wins out and B) with price comparison (Life Writer == Free), MarsEdit just doesn't seem quite competitive.

I understand that the developer for MarsEdit is a one man shop and we have to give him a break in this regard of price, but as far as features go, he should be able to exceed MS Live Writer. At the end of the day, if he could just surpass the feature limitation I think we could justify the cost.

Dev: have you considered a lower price for a limited time until you've surpassed the feature set of Live Writer?

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Version 3.5.2
ylluminate
+1

Sorry, didn't proofread the above note before posting. LIVE WRITER from Windows Live Essentials was what I meant to say above.

I really wish MacUpdate had an edit option for these posts.

Csean2006
+1

Seriously? You're suggesting getting into a price war with Microsoft? Not very fair to be honest. But then, MarsEdit has the big advantage - for most people here - of working on the Mac OS. How's that as part of the "feature set" faceoff? And if we're talking price comparisons, are you counting the full price of a Windows OS license?

Red Sweater Software (developer)
+3

Thanks for the feedback. I do face an unusual situation in light of the number of recent switchers to the Mac from Windows, that people compare MarsEdit to and even hold up Live Writer as a "competitor."

Offering MarsEdit at a lower price would ultimately be bad for the application, because if I can't make a living from the app, I am not going to continue to invest in the development of the product. It's not really a mass-market app where lowering the price leads to massively higher sales.

ylluminate
+2

Apparently you fellows didn't get the real gist of my message. I was NOT attacking the price, but rather saying let's get the feature set beyond that of Live Writer. Far be it from me, also a small software developer, to suggest to make something free as I know you can't live on air and sunlight. The real consideration here is simply to overtake the app with regards to the featureset if we're going to have this price point.

You don't have to argue with me about the Winbloze vs OS X stance @Csean2006. I'm a unix and OS X veteran of >15 years. You're preaching to the choir and running down some sincere input to help the dev vs running down the app.

Csean2006
+0

Good to hear it ylluminate. But you did very clearly write that Live Writer beats MarsEdit in a "price comparison", as well as some features. Now, if the developer is able to surpass the feature set of Live Writer while adjusting the price - to make it more competitive with the free Live Writer, I assume - then great, sure. But if not? At least in the short term? As you say, it's a question of price competitiveness, i.e. free vs. a slight reduction from $40. Though still much higher than free. BUT, as I said, your price to features comparison very obviously does not include the cost of a Windows operating system. Let's be completely honest here and calculate said cost, even if it's not hard to find Windows for "free".

JCH2
+0

I would be satisfied if MarsEdit could match (not beat) some of the core features of LiveWriter. Considering it has been about a year since a new version, I think that's unlikely to ever happen. But I'll keep hoping.

Red Sweater Software (developer)
+1

JCH2: MarsEdit is still under active development. I am not sure what exactly you mean when you say it's been a year since the last release. Maybe you mean since the last "major" upgrade? I have been consistently updating the app for years now. Yes, we may be a little overdue for a major upgrade at this point but it doesn't mean I'm not working on it.

JCH2
+0

Understood, Daniel, and good to know. I would be especially interested in any improvements to WYSIWYG authoring, as at present in ME it is still too frustrating. But I keep an eye on ME, considering LiveWriter may not remain viable for ever. Last time I checked, the 2011 edition that I use is no longer available and all that people can get is the 2008 version.

So there in is a market for MarsEdit to exploit.

Thomas1977 Member IconReview+140
Thomas1977
+6

Works as advertised but way to expensive.

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Version 3.4.4
OliverTerrier
+4

I totally agree. It's good but the price should be adjusted to meet the reality of the times.

Greg_jackson-Zapu
+0

I agree. I guess the expectation is that you are a "professional" blog writer and can therefore write off the cost of the app as an expense.

msager Member IconReview+7
msager
+3

I've been using it every day for two blogs (one WordPress, one SquareSpace) for months. When I first tried it I wasn't expecting much since Mac blogging apps have always let me down. MarsEdit totally rocked, and rocks, my world.

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Version 3.4.2
Surfspirit Member IconReview+442
Surfspirit
+6

Amazing!! So many apps I have tried none of them was, simple, powerful, and did all so well as MarsEdit, the only one that can format correctly my Blogs!!! Make preview of HTMLs with YouTube videos and everything flawless, correct tags and Sections, correct updates of old posts, and so on! Beautiful App!

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Version 3.3
Wanderer
+1

Useless for WordPress, no way to set a featured image on a post, at least none that I can see.

Ericg
+8

No MarsEdit doesn't set a 'featured image' on Wordpress, but does make it useless? Hardly. That is a trivial adjustment that can be corrected within Wordpress. MarsEdit is the best blogging software around.

Jaddie Member IconReview+4
Jaddie
+4

Easy to use, reliable. Totally outstanding, accessible developer.

I like how the general feel of the app is nimble, yet there's access to all of the under-the-hood kinds of things, too.

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Version 3.2.1
Charles Miller Member IconComment+34
Charles Miller
+2

Seems a good helper app for blog posts. I'm guessing it has less utility for working with a static WP site... Is that right?

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Version 3.2
Thyx
+0

Sorry, clicked the wrong face once again, should have been a :-)
To iron it out, I added two on other comments of yours.

Thyx
+0

Yes, right. There's no versioning system and no proper system to deal with drafts, to begin with.

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Jkesler
Version 3.6.5
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Devin27
Version 3.6.2
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Cpoetter
Version 3.5.7
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Greedyfranky
Version 3.5.7
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Gerylaurent
Version 3.5.7
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tinyWorld
Version 3.5.5
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Tommy_Gun
Version 3.5.5
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jungyong
Version 3.5.3
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MetroMrX
Version 3.4.4
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Priosantos-Jan
Version 3.4.3
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Date 03 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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