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FTW!…">Ecto sucks, MarsEdit FTW!…

In the words of the fabulous Heidi Klum, "Ecto, you're out."...

I’ve been test­ing out MarsEdit for the last cou­ple of weeks, try­ing to decide if I like it enough to buy it as my pri­mary blog client (as I said ear­lier, I hate the damn online edi­tor — HATE it). I actu­ally thought I had bought the pro­gram, but it turns out I bought some­thing else and got con­fused. Although it isn’t per­fect, it does get things done and that I do appre­ci­ate. I’d appre­ci­ate a straight WYSIWYG mode even more (Semagic let me switch between WYSIWYG and HTML, I used that or a vari­a­tion of it for 6 and a half years…this is why I’m picky), which is why I decided to give Ecto a shot.

Well, another shot. I tried it on Win­dows ages and ages ago and was pretty unim­pressed. It has improved (com­pared to what it was like in Win­dows), but beta or not, Ecto 3 is not doing it for me. I like that it has the WYSIWYG option (it’s not that I mind look­ing at my HTML mark-up, I just wish a tool­bar for bolding/underlining/strikethrough/linking/etc. was avail­able instead of hav­ing to use the Markup drop down. I’m try­ing to learn the key­board short­cuts and once I do, I’ll stop bitch­ing — I swear — but until then, I’m miss­ing dinky-ass Semagic more than I ever thought I would), but every­thing else falls short. No place for me to insert my excerpt like MarsEdit does — thought it did allow me to have access to a lame “sum­mary” area that showed up in my excerpt sec­tion once posted, mean­ing I had to go back and edit it out. I’m not a huge fan of the way its WYSIWYG mode does link­ing (if you want to unlink some­thing, it’s a pain in the ass), and see­ing as I’ve spent a para­graph bitch­ing about how much I miss the WYSIWYG mode from Semagic, that’s kind of sucky. But really, what killed it for me was its tagging/category list­ing abil­i­ties, or should I say, lack there of.

Now, I know Word­Press only recently joined the 21st cen­tury in terms of doing tag­ging — I get that it’s hard to update older clients for that func­tion — but if you make it look like you can tag some­thing in a cat­e­gory and then add tags and then it not only doesn’t tag shit — it doesn’t even assign all the cat­e­gories you selected, well FAIL.

So, in the words of the fab­u­lous Heidi Klum, “Ecto, you’re out. Con­grat­u­la­tions MarsEdit, you’re in.” Of course I don’t get to say it with that awe­some Ger­man accent or look­ing like a VS Angel, but what the hell.



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Daniel Jalkut - Gravatar

Daniel Jalkut said:

I really appre­ci­ated read­ing this objec­tive descrip­tion of what MarsEdit is doing right and wrong. I was espe­cially inter­ested to learn how impor­tant the visual icons for bolding/etc are to you. Great to get this kind of feed­back! I’ll def­i­nitely be think­ing about this as I devel­oper MarsEdit further.

Daniel Jalkut Red Sweater Software

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 12:02 pmQuote this Comment
Christina - Gravatar

Christina said:

Thanks Daniel! I think you have really done an amaz­ing job with the pro­gram and I appre­ci­ate your open­ness to feedback.

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 12:19 pmQuote this Comment
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Adri­aan said:

ecto will send the tags to WP, but since WP doesn’t sup­port mt-tags in the xml­rpc you need to con­fig­ure ecto a bit more. See

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 5:42 pmQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

Adri­aan, Thanks for the infor­ma­tion! I am also play­ing around with Mov­able­Type for another project, so it might end up being that MarsEdit is best for Word­Press and Ecto might be bet­ter for MT. Thanks for the workaround.

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 5:45 pmQuote this Comment
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Adri­aan said:

Actu­ally, ecto uses a plu­gin tai­lored for Word­Press. It’s just that I expected Word­Press to imple­ment sup­port for mt-tags sooner in their xml­rpc. Oh, btw, sum­mary = excerpt.

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 7:00 pmQuote this Comment
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Christina said:

Thanks a lot Adri­aan, I feel com­pelled to give it another try.

Posted on: January 24, 2008 at 10:41 pmQuote this Comment
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Mostly Lisa said:

ok i’ll give MarsEdit a go. I’m so para­noid of los­ing posts now, I write them all in texte­dit first. This means I have to do all the html mark-up myself. It’s good for learn­ing, but seems to make writ­ing a long post such a chore.

PS. my favourite part of Project Run­way is when heidi walks onto the stage and says, “Hallo!” it’s a very unique “hello” and my impres­sion of it is nearly spot on. I amuse myself quite often with it.

Posted on: January 25, 2008 at 7:58 pmQuote this Comment
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Chris Mur­phy said:

Find­ing a good desk­top blog­ging client is a pain in the ass. I’ve only just found Win­dowsLiveWriter, but that won’t really do you any good since you’re on a mac — the mac appli­ca­tions I’ve seen are all claim­ing to be the best Swiss Army Knife of blog­ging clients. I’m tempted to write a Word­Press spe­cific client once the Leop­ard SDK becomes available.

Posted on: January 28, 2008 at 9:23 amQuote this Comment