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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

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