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December 20, 2009

MarsEdit

For many years, I was an enthusiastic user of ecto. Unfortunately, Adriaan gradually lost interest, and ecto3 languished – seemingly forever – as bug-ridden, user-unfriendly, beta software. Eventually, he sold it to illuminex, where it continues to languish (though I think they’re actually trying to charge people for using buggy, user-unfriendly beta software).

Anyway, to make a long story short, I’ve switched to MarsEdit, which – unlike ecto3 – is not the least bit painful to use.

To celebrate, I created some MarsEdit TextFilters.

Posted by distler at December 20, 2009 11:19 AM

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Re: MarsEdit

Hey, thanks for switching to MarsEdit! I am glad that you appreciate the usability of the software. Although the pace of development might feel a little slow lately, rest assured I’m planning lots of great improvements for future releases, as well.

Daniel
(MarsEdit developer)

Posted by: Daniel Jalkut on December 21, 2009 7:42 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: MarsEdit

Thanks for stopping by! That’s what I call an attentive developer.

There is one feature that I miss from ecto. It’s a Validate HTML menu option, which takes the formatted preview of your post (a complete HTML document), and uses W3C Validator API to validate it.

Saves me a certain amount of grief before posting…

Posted by: Jacques Distler on December 22, 2009 12:39 AM | Permalink | PGP Sig | Reply to this

Re: MarsEdit

Hi again - sorry I wasn’t more attentive after all :) I had it on my TODO list to come check back on the comments here, and only just noticed it again.

Thanks for the feedback about the Validate HTML feature. I agree that would be a cool thing to add to MarsEdit.

Daniel

Posted by: Daniel Jalkut on February 9, 2010 9:39 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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