A Mac Blogger’s Wish Comes True: Red Sweater Acquires MarsEdit

I’ve been using the OS X blogging client MarsEdit for as long as I’ve been blogging on a Mac and I love every minute of it. You can literally maintain dozens of blogs and update all of them with the push of a button. It’s amazing how much this thing saves me time.

I’ve used it with all the blogging platforms out there from WordPress, MovableType, Typo, Mephisto, and even Blogger. It does a fantastic job. Unfortunately, now that Brent Simmons is all focused on NetNewsWire 3 (and bless his soul for doing so), MarsEdit was long neglected.

The editing and formatting features leaves much to be desired not to mention all the other stuff like tags and what not. Daniel Jalkut is a former Apple engineer has proven himself not only an active but highly capable developer.

I can’t wait to download the first RedSweater release with Sparkle updates enabled so I can enjoy the ride! Since he’s supporting all 1.x releases, everybody gets a great deal too! We’re only on 1.1.2 right now.

One of the most amazing deficiencies right now to me is blogging software on the mac. I guess there’s not enough of a market for hardcore bloggers or bloggers just think the web interface is enough but you never know what you’re missing until you try it.

The only other good competitor is Ecto and that’s on an informal hiatus as the developer works out his health issues not to mention a busy day job. Plus, the Ecto interface (as it stands) is way too cluttered and ugly even if it has all the features you need (especially Amazon, affiliate, etc. stuff) and the kitchen sink. That’s my personal taste so no offense. We need more competition actually.

Either way, I’m super elated this came about. Thank you Brent and Daniel!

Red Sweater Blog – Red Sweater Acquires MarsEdit