MarsEdit 3: Offline composing

Composing WordPress posts offline is pretty simple: there are lots of tools available including WordPress’s own apps for both iOS and desktop. Unfortunately they all seem to demand you upload media before inserting it into your post. Which means if you are offline you can’t work on adding pictures until you once again have reliable internet.

I searched and found quite few option but 99% of them (including Microsoft Word) seem to be applicable to old versions of the software and haven’t been updated in a number of years. I guess reliable internet is just assumed these days.

MarsEdit 3

The only exception was Red Sweater’s MarsEdit 3. For $39.95 use it apparently allows you to compose and size images and then post them all at once; a much better solution for when we are away from the internet for days at a time. So I downloaded the 30 day demo and am giving it a try with this post.

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Here’s a snap of my brother at a recent curling tourney. It’s set to be centered and 800 x 600 pixels.

Some Quick Notes

The <img> tag uses style=”float:left;” instead of class=”alignleft” which WordPress prefers. But you can edit the macro to ad the appropriate class.

The images are also sized to one size; none of WordPress’s fancy multi-size uploads. So if you get it wrong on the initial upload you are out of luck.

You can also upload images separately using the Upload Utility. Not sure why you would want to but nice to have if it becomes necessary.

Testing out a Block Quote

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

—Helen Keller

The interface (adding tags etc.) is menu driven with very few shortcuts or buttons which is a bit antiquated and a bit of a pain, but everything seems to work as promised.

Oh and I just discovered the Rich Text Editor screws up tables. Since I shouldn’t be using tables anyway and the HTML leaves them alone, it’s not a stopper. But again, just a little regressive given the start of online editors these days.

In Conclusion

It’ll work. Kind of like being in a time machine back to the late 90s but it will work. Now I just need to decided if it is worth $50.

Random Text

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Random Head

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