My trial version of MarsEdit 2 is about to expire. MarsEdit is a blog publishing application from the people at Red Sweater Software. I’ve been using it to write for Wasted Continuum. After using it almost several times daily, I have decided to purchase it. It has already saved me from losing my work at least twice during this 30 day trial period. MarsEdit has definitely improved my workflow. With it’s tight integration to my Flickr account and simple template creation for my often used tags, it’s almost a no-brainer. MarsEdit is definitely one of those applications where you don’t know what you needed until you use it. There are so many little shortcuts and features that makes writing for a blog simple again. MarsEdit works seamlessly with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, Vox, and more. If you have been looking for a way to organize and streamline your blogging workflow, you should must give MarsEdit a chance. MarsEdit 2 is available for OS X 10.4 or 10.5 for $29.95. You can try a 30 day demo here.
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I’ve been looking for a desktop blogging editor for a while now. I’ve lost a few posts using the online WordPress editor. The last time, I wrote a fairly extensive post only to find out that my connection was down and my progress was not saving. When I hit the publish button, I got a server connection error. When I went back a page, I lost everything I wrote since my last save which was only one sentence.
Being that I don’t want to repeat such an event, I decided to look for an application that allowed me to edit offline. The options that I found were MarsEdit and Ecto. After reading some reviews on both, MarsEdit looks more tempting. First of all, it looks prettier, very important. Second, it has a lot more features. Both apps are trialware. Ecto costs $17.95 while MarsEdit costs $29.95.
I’m liking the MarsEdit interface so far. The main blog window looks very much like Mail. Any Mac user should feel at home with it. One cool feature that I’m excited to try out soon is the Flickr integration. I should be able to insert my Flickr photos into my posts easily. I’ll try to give a more in-depth review when I put more use into it. I am writing this post in MarsEdit right now. We’ll see if this posts properly in a minute. I guess I’ll see if it does. If it doesn’t, you’d probably wouldn’t know it.
Yesterday, I declared to Twitter that if Apple released a new MacBook Pro, I would run out and buy one. Well, today, Apple released updated versions of both the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. The new MacBook Pros are now loaded with the new Intel Core 2 Duo Peryn chips, backlit LED displays, multi-touch track pad (a la MacBook Air) and a few other things. You can go visit Apple’s site to see all the updates. Since the local store doesn’t have the 15″ MBP with the 200GB 7200rpm hard drive, I had to order it online. This is the configuration I ordered:
- 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy WS
- 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM – 2x1GB
- 200GB Serial ATA @ 7200 rpm
- SuperDrive 8x DL
- Apple Remote
- BkLit Keyboard/Mac OS
I should be getting it sometime next week. Now comes the hardest part, waiting.
Apple has a new “claymation” Mac ad. Is it officially Christmas now? I still need to put up my tree.
One of the biggest topics in the computing world is the newly released Asus Eee PC notebook computer. Everyone and their moms has written up something about it. So why the frickin’ buzz you ask? If you don’t know what the Eee is, it is an ultra-portable 7″ laptop. What’s cool about it is that it is a flash NAND based computer. Right now, there is a 4GB and a 8GB model. It’s also preloaded with Linux. It has a built-in camera and wireless b/g. It’s installed with OpenOffice, Skype and other software. The Eee is aimed for someone who’s on the go and does not need a laptop with tons of memory. Instead, you can throw it in your bag, go to a local wifi coffee house and blog about pointless issues for four hours before you have to plug in the tiny adapter that it comes with. The thing that gets most people excited is the fact that it costs only $399 (4GB).
So all of that would make a lot of geeks run out to get one. What’s got my attention is this little article that was posted a couple days ago on Uneasysilence. Someone actually loaded OS X Leopard on one and posted the tutorial for it. For $399, I’m really getting tempted. I guess I should wait until MacWorld Expo in January to see if a new MacBook is announced before I jump the gun.