BlogEasy Review: Blogging Made Hilariously Simple From Your Mac Desktop

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Reviews | 2 Comments

blogEasy review

Recently I’ve been playing around with two blogging desktop applications for the Mac, MarsEdit 3 and BlogEasy. Among bloggers MarsEdit remains the king of desktop publishing, at least when the Mac is concerned. But while it gives a wealth of options in terms of blog compatibility, I found switching between the rich text and HTML editor a pain since WordPress doesn’t offer markdown support. I won’t get into the technicals here, but apparently a workaround needs a plugin (as if there aren’t enough installed)

So I decided to look for alternatives. I’m a daily reader of Mac.AppStorm and remember they had reviewed BlogEasy a while back. I was excited. Maybe there’s a much needed alternative to give MarsEdit a run for its money.

BlogEasy Review

Sadly that excitement was short-lived and boy was I in for a shock. BlogEasy has got nothing on MarsEdit. It’s basically only good for publishing text, there isn’t way to upload media files and it only supports WordPress. Granted its their v1.x, and as a simplistic blog publishing tool, it may work for some. However for serious bloggers who want to upload images, and post to other blogging platforms – it just doesn’t cut it unfortunately.

BlogEasy Screenshot

Of course you can link to external images using HTML and Markdown, but I find it’s easier and safer to upload them because you never know if the link to the image will ever become broken.

The Good

  • Markdown support
  • Allows you to insert custom excerpt
  • Minimalistic design
  • Easy to get started

The Bad

  • Can only choose one blog category to publish
  • No way to view, edit and add pages
  • Cannot view previous posts and edit them
  • Formatting options non-existent
  • You can only save drafts locally, so it’s not possible to send it to WordPress as a draft

Overall I’m curious to see what direction BlogEasy is going to take. Obviously there some much needed features to be included if it plans to compete with MarsEdit. Such sending posts as drafts to WordPress and including formatting options out of the box.

BlogEasy is currently priced at €8.99 over at Mac App Store. In case you want to test-drive the app before parting with your hard-earned cash – I highly recommend you download the trial version on their website.

For what it’s worth, I’m sticking with MarsEdit. Even though it’s €35,99, it’s reliable and gets the job done no problem. When it comes to BlogEasy, well, as I said, they got some way to go.

What tools do you use for blogging?

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  • jjude

    Thank you for trying out BlogEasy. As you have rightly pointed out it is minimal, bare minimal. I don’t think there is a roadmap anywhere on the BE page. You have given me an idea to write one now. Well, BE will never be MarsEdit. I didn’t want it to be a cheap clone of ME.
    BE will focus only on writing in Markdown rather than HTML. But it will have:
    a) multiple categories
    b) storing published articles so that it can be modified again (but not those published from outside of BE)
    c) upload of images & search of images from flickr
    d) wordpress extended fields
    So far that is all I have in my to-do list. I have also developed BE on iOS. So the Mac & iOS version will each borrow features from each other (in iOS, there is a dropbox integration, so that the published articles are stored in dropbox. I’m wondering if there is a need for the same in a Mac version).
    Thank you again,
    Joseph
    http://blogeasyapp.com

    • http://kanguro.fi/ k_papageo

      jjude Thanks for taking the time to comment and telling us what you have planned for BE. I really appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into BE, and as I said, writing in Markdown was the main appeal for trying it out.
      Looking forward to your future releases and I’d be happy to review BE again :) Feel free to reach out anytime on twitter k_papageo