Red Sweater Software has announced version 2 of its Mac OS X weblog software, MarsEdit. MarsEdit allows you to post entries to a variety of different blogging systems (Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal and Vox) without dealing with the often clumsy web-based interfaces.
MarsEdit also supports external editors like BBEdit, TextWangler, SubEthaEdit and TextMate and can upload images and files, as well as work offline.
The big addition for version 2.0 is tight integration with your Flickr account. MarsEdit has always featured a nice media manager for integrating images and other files into your blog posts and the new Flickr integration makes it even easier.
To use the new Flickr features you’ll need to authorize MarsEdit to access your Flickr account, but once you have it set up it’s dead simple to insert your Flickr images in a blog post, just select an image and click insert. You can choose what size of Flickr image to insert and how you’d like it aligned in your post.
Version 2.0 also brings a number of other new features to the MarsEdit stable including improved macro support for spitting out common chunks of HTML, and a new streamlined posting interface with options to show only those fields and settings you actually use on your blog. For a complete list of changes in version 2.0 check out the Red Sweater site.
A number of the Wired bloggers have been touting MarsEdit for some time, but I’ll confess this is the first time I’ve used it. So far I like what I see and the new features would seem to make it worth the $10 upgrade for existing users. For the rest of us MarsEdit 2.0 retails for $30, though there is a 30-day trial. Frankly anything that keeps me out of the Typepad web interface is probably going to become a necessity at some point.