Giving MarsEdit a test drive

I find that the WordPress Admin window for adding a new post is much too small. Yes, I know you can make it bigger by dragging the form window open, but it messes with the layout of the site and feels more like a band-aid solution than a robust answer. Add the fact that I like the comforts of my own desktop, I find myself writing new posts in a text editor.

Now, as much as I love a good text editor for programming websites, writing a new post and adding the html markup by hand feels somewhat archaic, and I thought there must be a better way.

So that’s why I’m giving MarsEdit a go. I’m sure there are others out there, but I’ve head good things about this one, and I’ve heard that Gruber uses it.

So this post is being written using it, and so far so good. I’m able to easily add html tags to headlines and paragraphs as well as easily add a link. There was no unordered list tag in the default set, but adding my own ‘custom markup macro’ was a snap. I now have a list item tag opening and closing tag as well as an unordered list set.

The other thing I’m concerned about is adding an image. The MarsEdit logo above was submitted through the app, so we’ll see if and how it gets posted. I wasn’t offered an alignment options, so I had to manually add an “alignleft” class.

Ok, so here goes. I’ll leave the layout and styling as is, published directly from the app. If anything looks funny, feel free to blame Red Sweater Software, makers of MarsEdit.

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