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OK TAB Readers/Mac Aficionados, I need your wisdom. I’m gonna plunk a few precious dollars down on a Blog editing client/tool. You know, like Ecto or MarsEdit. So gimme your thoughts on which you like best (I like reasons too – not just, “it’s neat!” I […]

OK TAB Readers/Mac Aficionados, I need your wisdom. I’m gonna plunk a few precious dollars down on a Blog editing client/tool. You know, like Ecto or MarsEdit.

So gimme your thoughts on which you like best (I like reasons too – not just, “it’s neat!” I know, tough assignment…) – and if there’s an app other than the two I’ve listed that you like even better, I’d love to hear about it. Which-ever gets the most votes by you, dear readers, will probably be the tool I use to post all subsequent articles here on The Apple Blog.

OK.
Let’s hear it…

  1. I haven’t used either Ecto or MarsEdit in some time but when I did I preffered MarsEdit.

    These days I just write up posts on a Writeboard then copy them over when I’m satisfied.

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  2. I personally just write my posts with a simple text editor (my favorite is SubEthaEdit), then go to my blog’s admin page, cut and paste and there it goes.
    I use an editor because it has happened too many times that I accidentally hit cmd-q while typing a post, and browsers just don’t ask you to save the latest changes.
    Also, I tend to save often (but this is general in any app), so in the case of a power failure the text loss is small.

    Oh, and unlike Ecto or MarsEdit (both of which I just had a look at) it’s completely free, so that’s another reason for me to enjoy my own solution. ;)

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  3. Well, I’ve tried both MarsEdit and Ecto, and I went ahead and bought Ecto.

    Marsedit actually has a nicer icon going for it (ecto’s isn’t bad though). But Ecto has the best features. Hands down, just the best. It has more options than you can shake a stick at, but most of them are placed very elegantly in non-obtrusive corners and they don’t get in your way. There isn’t anything that MarsEdit can do that ecto cannot do.

    I used to write HTML by hand, back when “the internet” was a word which absolutely nobody ever knew. I’m an old fogey in this virtual world. But damnit, if ecto doesn’t make me happy I bought it.

    And I have to say that I am a HUGE NetNewsWire fan. But sometimes a company is better at one app than another. I seriously couldn’t live without either one of those applications on my Mac laptop today.

    Why not just try out ecto, though? I think they have a demo version for download. Give it a shot. Why take my word for it when you can just see for yourself, for free? And if you like it, get it. Frankly, it’s one of the best shareware programs I have ever spent money on. Some of the others in that range would be Saft and NetNewsWire. There isn’t a blogging day which goes by when I’m not happy that I have spent the money on all three of those core programs, and I’m pretty sure that you would feel the same way that I do as well.

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  4. You should try out the new Performancing extension for Firefox. http://www.performancing.com

    I was about to go out and buy Ecto and decided to try this free app. It rocks!

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  5. Ill have to put my vote in for Tinderbox. May not fit the way you currently manage, and update your blob. But its a very strong tool, and can be extended to do research legwork for you. Any you cant beet that..

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  6. I love ecto. It helps that I know the developer and can bug him about any problems, but I would use it either way. I figure if its good enough for BoingBoing, it must be good enough for me.

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  7. My vote is for MarsEdit. It’s just like using a mail client.

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  8. Mars Edit And Net News Wire. Tried them All. Hands down the best so far.

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  9. Ecto’s nice, but I rarely use it – I find if I’m going to post something on my blog, I always go to the site anyway and read the latest comments – so it’s just more hassle to launch an extra app.
    The only time I really use it is when I want to include some pictures from my HDD – it’s great to be able to just drag them in and let it automatically upload them, create thumnails and a popup.
    Ecto also has fantastic support for Nucleus, my preferred blog software – which isn’t that common, since a lot of services relying on its XML-RPC features don’t seem that stable.
    I haven’t used MarsEdit though, so I can’t comment on it in this respect.

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  10. I really like using MarsEdit. like Diego said its really simple and as easy as email. my vote MarsEdit

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