MarsEdit 2’s New Look

August 24th, 2007

I promise this will be the last teaser. Some people have been, well, practically begging for more screenshots of MarsEdit 2, so I thought I would oblige.

In addition to some killer new features such as Flickr browsing, ability to add categories and edit slugs, advanced text editor macros, etc., MarsEdit 2.0 also sports a modernized look and feel that I honestly believe will improve your productivity. It’s just super slick. The UI feels even cleaner and more streamlined than the original MarsEdit. Because it is even cleaner! I also thought carefully about (mostly) invisible things, like organization of the menu bar items, and added a healthy dose of contextual menu functionality. In general, the usability of the application is greatly improved, over what was already a pretty darned usable app.

Oh, and it also looks amazing.

The anchors of the updated look are Bryan Bell’s brilliant new toolbar icons. Bryan also did the MarsEdit 1 icons, and to be honest I would have never guessed that they could be so improved upon. The new icons are sharper, more vibrant, and in general present a cleaner metaphor for what their actions are.

Of course, I already showed off the post editor a month ago, but it’s come a good deal further since then. Again, just look at the icons!

What I can’t really express with a picture is how much fun it is to just show and hide the options side-panel. I love the tactile feeling of the animation as the text scrunches up or expands to fill the space. I could just open and close the options pane all day. Except of course, then I’d never ship this thing.

27 Responses to “MarsEdit 2’s New Look”

  1. Pemmax Says:

    Looks really nice. Nice job ;-)

  2. Reinard Schmitz Says:

    missing a search field, which was already lacking in the actual version. Where it is? It’s essential to search in the posts…

  3. Brandon Says:

    Wiping the drool off my keyboard…

  4. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Reinard: it’s high on the TODO list, but didn’t make it for 2.0.

  5. Christopher Humphries Says:

    Cool, looking forward to it.

  6. Marc Charbonneau Says:

    Seems like a big improvement; I’m looking forward to it.

  7. Jonathan Saggau Says:

    That’s purdy. Can’t wait to add an upgrade to your bottom line.

  8. Max Says:

    Looks nice. I really really hope it has a “Save Drafts on Server”-Feature. Does it?

  9. Chucky Says:

    “What I can’t really express with a picture is how much fun it is to just show and hide the options side-panel. I love the tactile feeling of the animation as the text scrunches up or expands to fill the space. I could just open and close the options pane all day. Except of course, then I’d never ship this thing.”

    If all animations don’t move in slo-mo when you hold down the Shift Key, I will be sorely disappointed in you, Daniel.

    In fact, I think I’m on solid ground in saying that this is the single most important feature users are anticipating in v2.0.

  10. Thomas Mango Says:

    Wow. It looks really, really great. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  11. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Chucky: Heh. I am afraid I might disappoint in that regard. After all, you have to hold down shift to invoke the keyboard shortcut!

  12. jquig99 Says:

    You’re a tease Daniel – but I can’t wait. You put a huge amount of work in this upgrade. Thanks.

  13. ct2000 Says:

    Good job – but looks like ecto to me !

  14. Matt Harwood Says:

    Fantastic work as ever, Dan! May I ask the “financial implications” of upgrading?

    Thanks!

  15. Matt Harwood Says:

    Ignore previous question – I’m too silly to remember previous posts.

    /me refills glass.

  16. stubblechin Says:

    Will ME2 be Leopard-only?

  17. Steven Riggins Says:

    Can’t wait to try it out!

  18. Dan Grover Says:

    Lookin’ sharp!

  19. Andy Melton Says:

    Oh I can’t wait!!! How much?! How much?!

  20. Chris Messina Says:

    Lookin’ good! I’m glad to have been able to participate as a Beta tester!

  21. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Stubblechin: ME2 will be 10.4 and later. It’s coming out before Leopard, I promise :)

  22. Michele Says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to put my hands on it… :)

  23. Jan Says:

    Great work Daniel, I might end up using it :-)

  24. Sebastiaan de With Says:

    This looks rediculously nice, Daniel – going from an icon designer, I think the ‘media’ icon is quite eye-catching and daring, I like it a lot. Otherwise, the icons, as you said, progressed a lot in terms of overall sharpness. The only thing that in my opinion seems to stand out is the ‘send to weblog’ icon, which seems a bit strange – the globe is actually larger than the article, and it doesn’t really convey and metaphor for ‘uploading’ content.

    Otherwise, looks very sweet! I can’t wait :)

  25. Mitra Ardron Says:

    Looks great

    Will it support Tags (e.g. in Movable Type), or just the keyword/Tag hack that the current version supports.

    – Mitra

  26. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Mitra – native tags are not yet supported, but it’s definitely high on my priorities list.

  27. Warren Noronha Says:

    Looks a lot like ecto :)

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