Signing into the WordPress dashboard and adding a new post is never an enjoyable experience, neither is signing into Tumblr or whatever blogging platform you may happen to use. Browser bookmarklets take some of the pain out of the process, but desktop blogging clients are a much better option. I have played around with a few apps before arriving at MarsEdit. If you blog then I highly recommend using it, and here’s why:
Post to Multiple Blogs
I use both WordPress and Tumblr on my site for my Journal and Notepad respectively. MarsEdit supports all the major blogging platforms (Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type etc.), which means we can use one client to take care of all the blogs we may write for.
Write Posts Offline
Another great feature is the fact we do not always need an internet connection to draft a blog post. We can write out blog post in MarsEdit and save it as a draft for when we get access to the internet. I like this feature as I can disconnect from the internet and write blog posts without any distractions i.e. Twitter.
Markup or Down
MarsEdit supports Markup and allows you to assign macros for HTML elements. This allows for quick markup with a number of customisable keyboard shortcuts available with the option to add more.
Not only can we Markup our posts but MarsEdit also allows us to use Gruber’s Markdown. MarsEdit can format Markdown into HTML and provides a handy window showing a live preview showing how the content looks marked-up.
Other Cool Shit
There is a lot of other cool features that make blogging that little bit easier and more enjoyable, reducing the amount of barriers between your thoughts and your blog post. For instance, if you don’t like working within MarsEdit you are free to use your preferred text editor, be it BBEdit, TextMate or WriteRoom.
We can also install a bookmarklet to our browser which makes blogging painless and instantaneous — brilliant for anyone that uses Tumblr to curate notes and links. Another nice little feature allows the user to create a template for attribution for when posting from the browser. Below you can see my template for when I post a link to my Tumblr blog.
MarsEdit gets Jonny’s seal of approval and for only $29.95 it’s a bargain, but don’t take my word for it, download the 30-day free trial and let me know what you think.