Testing MarsEdit

I heard about MarsEdit on the latest MacBreak Weekly. Merlin recommended NetNewsWire and then Leo mentioned that MarsEdit was now hooked up to Vox. There are a few things I don’t like about typing directly into the Vox interface in my browser:

1. There’s no preview function

2. If the browser crashes or I inadvertently close the tab, the post is toast (it’s happened — I use Firefox)

3. Cutting and pasting from words gives me funky line feeds in the browser.

4. If I put an image in my post, the cursor disappears and makes it difficult to enter text in the right bit of the post.

So perhaps an external editor and publisher is the way to go. MarsEdit is Mac only and I don’t use my MacBook very often, so, if I like the idea, I’ll need to seek out something similar for the PC. Any suggestions?

Comments

  1. Steve Betz says:

    Yeah — I’m not a big fan of the vox-window — its fine for a couple-sentence entry, but anything big, I want better control over during the writing process. So for me its…

    1. Write out in MS-Word.

    2. Cut/paste into Notepad (b/c I don’t like keeping the Word formatting and there’s no paste-as-text in the vox window).

    3. Cut/paste into vox window.  Add pictures, add control characters.

    4. Voila!

  2. Cool, thanks Steve. It’s just hard to remember not to go long in the Vox window. I’ve been bitten by it before though, so I’ll try a little harder to remember. 

  3. greywolf says:

    Don’t forget that Vox allows you to save the post as “private”.  You can then preview the post and make edits or shut down the computer and finish it later without anyone else seeing your work in progress.  When you decide to make the post viewable to others you can change the date and time to “right now”.  Although none of this will help when posting a reply to another post.

    PS: I’m also a firefox guy and I’ haven’t had any trouble with crashes and such.

    Steve:  I’m haven’t used Word in ages but you should be able to save the file in text format to avoid the nefarious MS formatting.  I’m an openoffice.org guy myself.