Lex’s Crosswords

Lex Friedman's Daily Crosswords are available to paid subscribers of his larger Lex's Games collection. Users with Lex's Games memberships can open the puzzle directly from Black Ink's “Web Puzzles” window. Just select File -> Open Web Puzzle -> Lex's Crosswords, and when the prompt appears, enter the username and password associated with your Lex's […]

Make Links Open in New Window

By default, links added with MarsEdit do not have any special behavior to cause them to open in a new window or tab. If you want a link in your blog post to open a new window when users click it, you can use MarsEdit’s custom formatting macros to achieve this. Open a new post […]

Micro.blog Configuration

These details pertain to the higher level Manual Configuration instructions. Please review that article and use the specific details obtained by the instructions below to finish connecting MarsEdit to your blog. Typically MarsEdit will automatically detect the blog settings for a Micro.blog blog. If it fails, it probably has something to do with the custom […]

WordPress.com Authentication

If you are using WordPress.com to host your blog, the password you use with MarsEdit depends on whether you have enabled Two-Step Authentication, and whether you are connecting to a free or a paid site. Standard Authentication If you have not enabled Two-Step Authentication, use your WordPress.com username or email, and your main WordPress.com password […]

Restoring Permission to use Assistive Access

If you use FastScripts to run scripts that in turn control other processes with “System Events”, you may run into a permissions issue where the system refuses to run the script because “FastScripts Script Runner is not allowed assistive access.” Normally this would occur if you were prompted to grant permission to FastScripts but denied […]

Upgrade to FastScripts 3 from the Mac App Store

FastScripts 3 is not available on the Mac App Store, because its features include powerful script-running abilities that are not permitted by Apple for apps in the store. Customers who purchased FastScripts 2 from the Mac App Store can upgrade to FastScripts 3 for the same discounted price as customers who purchased FastScripts 2 from […]

Embedding Video in Posts

To embed videos in your blog post, you have a few options. The easiest is to use a popular video-hosting service such as YouTube or Vimeo. Storing videos on a dedicated video-hosting service ensures you won’t use an excessive amount of bandwidth hosting the video on your own blog’s web hosting server. Video-hosting services also […]

Scheduling Posts for Future Publication

By default, posts that are sent from MarsEdit to your blog are published immediately. Many blog hosting services support a feature that facilitates “scheduled posts”, which are not published immediately when sent to your blog. To take advantage of this, use the Post -> Set Date to set a date in the future when you’d […]

Working with WordPress Blocks

WordPress 5.0, released in 2018, introduced a new concept to the web-based WordPress editor called “blocks”. Blocks are independently editable sections of a post that represent various types of content. Each block represents a section of text, an image, etc. and can be created and manipulated by dragging them around in the post. MarsEdit emphasizes […]

MarsEdit Alternatives

We think MarsEdit is the best way to write and edit blog posts, especially when working on a Mac. But not everybody has the luxury of using a Mac all the time, and even when they do, other options might be preferable for some workflows. Here are some alternatives to MarsEdit that may be more […]