The big news around the Mac blogosphere this morning is that MarsEdit has changed hands. It’s now owned by Red Sweater Software.
For those unfamiliar with MarsEdit, it’s a desktop blogging application capable of posting to many popular blogging systems, like WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable-Type, and more. It happens to be my personal blogging app of choice.
MarsEdit was originally developed by by Brent Simmons, of Ranchero Software, who also developed the awesome RSS reader, NetNewsWire (another favorite of mine). Both products moved over to NewsGator when they acquired Ranchero.
Ever since the acquisition of Ranchero, the future of MarsEdit has been a little uncertain. Now that MarsEdit has changed hands again, it would be real easy to get discouraged about the future of this awesome app. But, in this case, I feel really good about the move.
Red Sweater Software is the brain-child of independent Mac developer, Daniel Jalkut. I had the good fortune to briefly work with Daniel on a freelance project a couple of years back. He’s a really nice guy, with great development skills, who understands the Mac user-experience. I have every confidence that he’ll push MarsEdit in a positive direction. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
The current version of MarsEdit is 1.1.2. Daniel has stated that upgrades through the 1.x product line will be free to registered users. If you don’t already use MarsEdit, you can pick up a copy for $24.95 (well worth it). There’s also a 30 day demo available for download, so you can give it a try first.