You read that right, no need to run for another cup of coffee. MarsEdit, the kick-ass, intuitive web-publishing powerhouse which I’ve been using to write entries here since I started blogging almost two years ago, is now part of the Red Sweater family of products. What an exciting day!
This is the first time I’ve clicked “Send to Weblog” since the acquisition was completed. It was as easy as it ever was, but now I get to share in the pride of that ease. Man, that felt good.
Check out the press release, and be sure to send it along to your favorite news editor or blogger. I know I will! Also be sure to check out the nifty Q&A session Brent Simmons (original developer of MarsEdit) and I took part in, to help put the acquisition into perspective.
This is a classic “everybody wins” situation. Users are going to see a lot more development activity, Brent and NewsGator are happy to see the application in my capable hands, and I get the satisfaction of steering the future of one of my favorite applications. Precious!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with MarsEdit, it’s worth taking a look. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or just thinking about getting started, this application has power and ease-of-use that will knock your socks off. Long story short, if you’ve got one or more blogs, MarsEdit will make posting to them effortless and reliable. Just what you’d expect from a Mac.
People sometimes remark on the relatively large quantity of content I publish here. A major reason for that is MarsEdit makes it easy to collect my ideas, refine them, and publish them. I don’t think I could handle writing all these entries, managing the drafts, correcting mistakes, etc., if it weren’t for the convenience of MarsEdit.
Since I’ve been writing so much about a certain Cocoa-Java port lately, I should probably make this completely clear: MarsEdit is not the Java-based product that I recently acquired. MarsEdit is completely Objective-C based from the get-go, and I couldn’t be happier about that. It means that I can acquire it and immediately make it available for download. In fact, the version you download today still has NewsGator’s name in it :) I’ll be releasing an update soon.
So what’s the Cocoa-Java application? I can’t announce everything on one day can I? Stay tuned for more exciting news in the weeks to come.
Reaction To The News
Paul Kafasis, my trusted confidant, spilled the beans last night in a vaguely worded post. Check out the subtle hint in the permalink URL. But nobody really picked up on it. Somebody asked me if I was becoming an employee of Rogue Amoeba :)
Simone Carletti (Italian)
Luis de la Rosa
Marcus Puchmayer (German)