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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.





January 2008

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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
Adri­aan - Gravatar

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
Christi­na - Gravatar

Christi­na said:

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
Adri­aan - Gravatar

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
Christi­na - Gravatar

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
Most­ly Lisa - Gravatar

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