March 09, 2014
I have to say it, the apps available in 2014, is different from how it used to be in 2011; at least on iOS. While the available apps for OS X is more or less what it used to be. With one interesting exception(Byword).
One of the reasons I moved away from Squarespace, was the limited approach to publishing content. I get why they were doing it, it’s not what I need or want. And the WordPress I see today, is different from what I left in 2011. First of all, the admin panel looks better than I have ever seen it before, and the apps available on iOS is way better.
There are not a lot of good apps for publishing content to WordPress on any of the platforms. There are at least two good ones for each platform, and another okay one for iOS. And you have a lot of apps that are either just useless, or not what I want from an blogging app.
MarsEdit is and have “always” been the premium, and go to blogging app for OS X. It does more or less what you would expect it to do. The markdown support is kind of weird, but it works. I would love to see some kind of more “native feeling” markdown support. And maybe the ability to convert HTML to markdown, when editing pages or old blog-posts.
I think MarsEdit is the best option for most1 OS X users, and it works with more or less any blogging platform that have an open API.
Byword 2.0 came with an In-App-Purchase that enabled Publishing features. This feature let’s you send something from Byword to: WordPress, Tumblr, Evernote and others.
This is in many ways the perfect feature for something like Byword. And it was also unexpected when they released it. It’s great to see great apps going in a different direction. There are enough almost identical writing apps out there.
The power you find in Byword, both on iOS and OS X is more or less the same as MarsEdit; without the WYSIWYG capabilities of course. Byword might be the perfect blogging app for all the markdown geeks out there
I need to say this. Byword is a great tool for writing new blog posts2. While MarsEdit also let’s you edit, delete and manage your whole blog; including static pages.
In other words, Byword is in no way a MarsEdit replacement.
I won’t mention the official WordPress app much in this article. The main reason for this, is that I don’t think it is any good3.
There is a good WordPress client called Poster. It is unfortunately not for sale anymore. Automatic4 acquired it. The reason I mention this is that Poster is the best blogging app for iOS that I have seen to this date. Poster is a power user tool. I think most Poster users would love to see it’s power and simplicity5 find it’s way into the official app, at some point.
Editorial is one of the most powerful apps available; yes, it is more powerful than most text editors on any platform. To put it in simple terms — Editorial is an editor for iPad, with a great built in browser, and support for something they call workflows.
Workflows consists of easy to use steps, and you can do more advanced stuff with Python.
Editorial can be what you want it to be. And publishing content to WordPress is just one of many. Check out this great article over at MacStories for more information about it. Or buy their Editor in Chief’s iBook about it.
There are a lot of great tools out there for blogging both on iOS and OS X. I think Byword will be my go to tool for writing blog-posts. At least most of the time. While apps like MarsEdit and Poster will be my go to apps for editing, fixing typos and stuff like that.
I’m not the biggest Editorial user in the word. It’s a great tool, and I always use it on my iPad when I work on something that requires me to do a lot of browsing. And I think the official app is the best one out there for those who don’t own a copy of Poster. The official app don’t have any markdown support6. You can always copy the HTML from Byword.