MarsEdit 4.0.7: Editor Stability & Refresh Performance

February 6th, 2018

MarsEdit 4.0.7 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and on the Mac App Store.

Within the past few weeks, the number of hangs and crashes having to do with MarsEdit’s plain-text editor has gone up quite a bit. I think it was a combination of some changes in in MarsEdit 4, and some changes in Apple’s latest revisions of the Mac libraries in macOS 10.13. This update makes a few changes that should dramatically reduce if not eliminate these editor annoyances.

MarsEdit 4 brought a new feature to support downloading the entire post archive from a blog, and some of the app’s most long-time devotees decided to put it to the test! For some blogs, particularly when there are thousands of posts, it may be prudent or even necessary to change the default “number of posts per request” in MarsEdit’s Connection settings. Previously, this setting was being respected for WordPress, but ignored for Tumblr and Blogger. This is also fixed in this update.

A number of other improvements were made. Here is the complete list of changes:

MarsEdit 4.0.7

  • Fix a crash that could occur in the plain text syntax highlighting functionality
  • Fix a hang in the plain text editor that could affect large posts
  • Fix Google and Tumblr blogs to heed the “number of posts per request” download setting
  • Fix a bug introduced in 4.0.6 that caused doubling of file extensions on image uploads
  • Fix behavior of “Do Again” format menu item for custom macros applies in Rich Text mode
  • Fix a bug that prevented Featured Image from being deleted from an already-published post
  • Fix handling of combining characters such as the “Male Singer” (Ziggy Startdust) in plain text editor
  • Change character count behavior to consider spaces in total character count.


MarsEdit 4.0.6: Lightroom Fix

January 23rd, 2018

MarsEdit 4.0.6 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and for the Mac App Store.

It’s a bit embarrassing that after celebrating support in 4.0.5 for Lightroom 7 (Classic CC) libraries, it became clear that many Lighroom libraries could not be accessed at all by that version, because of an oversight in how sandbox privileges were being requested for MarsEdit. Long story short: “it worked on my machine.” 😀

MarsEdit 4.0.6 fixes (knock on wood) the Lighroom issue and incorporates a couple other small bug fixes:

  • Fix names of HEIF based photos in the Media Manager
  • Fix a bug that prevented some Lightroom libraries from appearing in Media Manager
  • Fix a bug that prevented some dragged images from being accepted in the Rich Text editor

Enjoy, and let me know of any problems if you find them!

MarsEdit 4.0.5: Moving Right Along

January 12th, 2018

MarsEdit 4.0.5 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and has been submitted to the Mac App Store for review by Apple.

This update includes bug fixes and refinements that I’ve made in response to feedback from customers since MarsEdit 4.0 was released in December.

  • Fix a bug that prevented automatic preview template download from working on some Blogspot blogs
  • Add accessibility description to the buttons for adding and removing Custom Fields
  • Detect and convey more useful error message for “Obfuscated ID” Blogger image upload failures
  • Protect against a possible crash when handling Tumblr API errors
  • Incorporate support for Lightroom 7 into the Media Manager
  • Rich Editor fixes
    • Restore Cmd-Shift-C keyboard shortcut to open Color Panel
    • Fix a bug where the “More” tag in a post with Unicode characters could get stripped out
    • Improvements to cursor navigation of images and text with links

Enjoy the improvements, and keep that valuable feedback coming!

MarsEdit 4.0.4: More Bug Fixes

December 20th, 2017

It’s been two weeks since MarsEdit 4 was launched, and I’ve focused on releasing bug-fix updates to iron out little issues that have been reported since the debut.

MarsEdit 4.0.4 is now available for download from the MarsEdit home page and from the Mac App Store.

Here is the list of fixes this update includes:

  • Fix a failure to auto-configure some Tumblr-based blogs
  • Fix a problem that prevented bolds, italics, etc. from being set as default preview fonts
  • Fix a problem where Typewriter Mode in Rich Text mode could scroll awkwardly while typing
  • Restore support for selecting “main category” on Movable Type blogs
  • Improve indexing and searchability of built-in Help