Make blogging fun, easy and foolproof with this Mac app

A screenshot of the MarsEdit app on the Mac
(Image credit: Apple App Store/MarsEdit)
MarsEdit

A screenshot of the MarsEdit app logo from the Apple app store

(Image credit: Apple App Store/MarsEdit app)

Mac - Free (In-App Purchases)

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If you have your own blog or work with a blogging platform, like Wordpress, as part of your job, then there’s a way to make the whole process of writing, editing and publishing a whole lot easier. MarsEdit 5 is described as a “blog publishing powerhouse” on the Mac App Store and I have to agree. This Mac app transforms the blogging process, making it smoother, more efficient, and significantly less frustrating.

MarsEdit 5 is a sleek and dependable blog editor that’s capable of functioning both online and offline. It allows users to effortlessly organize their articles and publish them directly to various hosting services. This eliminates the need to deal with the sometimes unreliable and often clunky web-based editors that many bloggers will be all too familiar with.

How does MarsEdit 5 work?

Getting started with MarsEdit is a breeze. Users can add all of their blogging sites, with support for a wide range of platforms, including WordPress, Tumblr, Movable Type, Typepad, and any other system compatible with standard MetaWeblog and AtomPub interfaces. MarsEdit seamlessly downloads existing posts for editing, streamlining the content management process.

The app's integration features enable users to write new posts with titles, tags, body text, links, and images. The preview function then allows you to see your post as it’ll appear live. This user-friendly approach is especially beneficial for blogging novices and there are even more features I think that make the process foolproof. For example, adding photos to posts is straightforward on a Mac. Either drag images from Apple Photos or insert them with a click, and MarsEdit will handle the upload upon publishing. This method sidesteps all-too-common browser problems, like lost edits or connection issues, and even integrates a spellchecker to polish your posts.

As well as catering to beginners, MarsEdit offers some advanced functionality I think experienced bloggers will appreciate, like plain text, Markdown, or HTML editing. As well as a MarsEdit Safari extension, allowing you to create new drafts with selected text and URLs from the web.

For those who often find themselves working on the move, MarsEdit's ability to function offline is really handy. You can publish your content whenever connectivity is restored, ensuring your workflow remains uninterrupted, wherever you are.

MarsEdit represents the pinnacle of blogging convenience and efficiency. Whether you're a seasoned blogger, just starting out or getting to grips with blogging for work after not touching one in years, this app is designed to enhance your writing experience. Try all its features during a free trial period, after which you can continue with limited functionality or opt for full access at $59.95/£59.95, making MarsEdit an investment worth considering for any dedicated blogger.

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Becca Caddy
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Becca Caddy is a contributor to iMore, as well as a freelance journalist and author. She’s been writing about consumer tech and popular science for more than a decade, covering all kinds of topics, including why robots have eyes and whether we’ll experience the overview effect one day. She’s particularly interested in VR/AR, wearables, digital health, space tech and chatting to experts and academics about the future. She’s contributed to TechRadar, T3, Wired, New Scientist, The Guardian, Inverse and many more. Her first book, Screen Time, came out in January 2021 with Bonnier Books. She loves science-fiction, brutalist architecture, and spending too much time floating through space in virtual reality. Last time she checked, she still holds a Guinness World Record alongside iMore Editor in Chief Gerald Lynch for playing the largest game of Tetris ever made, too.