Desk is an offline blogging editor for Mac like MarsEdit or Bloggo. You can save your work locally (as you can with MarsEdit) or via iCloud Drive.
It also has a Preview window (as does MarsEdit), and a style editor that hovers whenever you highlight text.
Here’s an example of what I mean about the style editor, although I am not sure how the image is going to show on the page.
It was very easy to get the image onto the page – just drag and drop. Of course, I sized the image beforehand.
The reason I am not sure how the image is going to show on the page is because images doen’t have align left/center/right attributes as far as I can see. I can drag the image around on the page, but that doesn’t tell me where it will actually end up on the blog.
No, I am wrong – now that I have played with this image a bit more I see that when I highlight it, another little style popup appears, as you see here.
Desk uses Markdown and you can style text with the usual Mac keystrokes, such as Cmd+B for bold text. But can I also use the usual Markdown keystrokes directly? Let’s try with bold, which I am doing with two asterisks before and two after the text.
And the answer is that yes you can – as I can see in the Preview window.
Desk exports to various publishing platforms – WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, FaceBook – and I have set this up to publish to either of two WordPress blogs.
Let’s find out now how to choose the blog to which I want it to export and publish…
See you on the other side.
So that worked and now I want to update the post. I had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to do that. On my first attempt it simply repeated the post and published it as a fresh post. Now I see how to do it – easier to do than to explain.
Now the question is how I feel about using Desk versus using MarsEdit
I have absolutely no issues with MarsEdit. I have used it for years and it is excellent. So why am I bothering with Desk – and the answer is that it is pretty, and distraction-free, and fun.
I think that there’s a potential problem with this app which is that it’s easy to format text in a way that one doesn’t intend.
What I mean is that with MarsEdit for example, one can see the HTML formatting so it’s easy to avoid messing up and including a bit of formatting code inadvertently.
But with Desk, it’s comparatively easy to – for example – delete a bit of text and run into a section that has already been formatted. I did this with a link and ended up turning an extra sentence into part of the link anchor text.
I had exactly this problem with Bloggo, which I didn’t get on with at all.
Another thing – and it’s not a big thing but it’s a different way of working compared to MarsEdit, is that once a post is published one no longer works with the local version.
Instead, one works with the version that is pulled down from the server – and to get to it, you need to pull it from the sidebar.
The tempation when I turn on the app is to use the version that is presented. But that’s the local version and if I have already updated the post once or more already, then the local verison and the version on the server will be out of sync.
It’s just something else to remember.