Comments on: Two Years On Mars http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars Mac & Technology Writings by Daniel Jalkut Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:39:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149845 Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:54:56 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149845 Scott: I appreciate that you didn’t mean to come off that way, and I am glad you took the time to clarify. For what it’s worth, being able to log out of Flickr is relatively high on my priority list now. It probably won’t be another year ;)

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By: scott http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149844 Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:35:07 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149844 I understand. I actually didn’t mean it like that, but I just meant that it’s how we use our tools that determines what products we use, not how long we’ve been using them.

Sorry for wording it as I did, you’re right. Thanks again, Daniel. And thanks for the work you do put in on all your products. You DO do a great job. Thanks.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149843 Sat, 28 Feb 2009 17:19:37 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149843 Hello again, Scott. I definitely appreciate your letting me know why you’re switching to another tool. No argument there!

vc27 was probably just challenging the tone of your comments, not the substance. There’s a substantial difference between telling somebody “I found another tool that works better for what I need” and “I dropped your software like a hot potato.”

Just because many developers do have a thick skin, it doesn’t mean they particularly like having it rubbed with sandpaper ;)

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By: Scott http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149836 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:02:20 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149836 @vc27:

I was not trying to be non-constructive. What I was saying is that people use the tools and if they don’t meet their needs, they find something that does. I asked for multiple flickr account support well over a year ago, and it never came. Then blogo came out and made that request irrelevant.

Would you rather I didn’t provide my reasons for switching to another product, and just left and said nothing? I’m not attacking Daniel personally. I think he does a great job. But that doesn’t mean that his product currently meets my needs anymore.

I think Daniel knows that software developers do have thick skin. As someone who’s deployed web apps to people, I know what it’s like when you work hard on something and all they do is point out what changes they’d like made. But in the end, the customers are the ones who know how they want to use a product. Many a product has been written with a use-case in mind, and it turns out that people take it and use it in a totally different manner than expected. That’s part of writing software.

I guess some people would rather see people switch away and not say why, then let them know exactly what needs in a blogging tool are not being met by the product. Most software developers I know of aren’t that kind of person, vc27.

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By: vc27 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149818 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 01:17:15 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149818 wow Scott, way to be constructive…. Daniel, you’ve got a thick skin, way to keep your composure! Keep up the good work! Love it! Looking forward to future updates.

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By: Pat http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149814 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:27:40 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149814 Hey Daniel,
As a new user of MarsEdit, I know I don’t fully appreciate all of the changes you have made. However, I do fully appreciate MarsEdit, and love using it. I really look forward to your tumblr support, but that doesn’t make what MarsEdit currently is any less amazing. You’ve done a great thing, here. Be proud of yourself.

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By: schlarb http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149806 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 01:08:21 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149806 I just wanted to say thank you as well. I use MarsEdit to interface with a three different Wordpres-based web sites and it saves me a massive amount of time. Great software + great support = highest recommendation.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149804 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:54:01 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149804 Scott: I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed MarsEdit in the past. I take your feedback seriously and I can appreciate that the changes I’ve made over the past couple years haven’t met your expectations.

Naturally, when I put my heart and soul into creating something, it’s easy to get defensive when somebody comes along with comments such as yours that more or less dismiss the work I have been doing. But I have learned to grow at least a thick outer layer of skin, and take the more realistic view that it’s simply impossible to get every feature done for every person.

The things that I have added over the past couple years have been met with enthusiasm and were in answer to the pleas of many users. I realize that there will always be something that I don’t prioritize, or which doesn’t get done to the exact satisfaction of every user. At some point we have to shake it off and keep on trucking.

I do appreciate your interest in keeping an eye on MarsEdit’s progress. Perhaps in the future it will grow into an app that you favor again. If it doesn’t, I sincerely hope that you continue to be happy with Blogo or whatever product best fits your needs.

Daniel

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By: scott http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149802 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 20:27:09 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149802 I used to use and love MarsEdit. Then Blogo came along. It makes embedding things like youtube videos and flickr photos a LOT easier. Since you’ve never come up with the ability to support multiple flickr accounts without having to de-authorize, log out, log in, authorize, etc, etc, the moment I realized how easy Blogo made this, I dumped MarsEdit like a hot potato. And until then, it was by far my favorite blogging app ever.

Ultimately, people just want tools that get the job done for them. I think that’s the part about being a software developer that becomes a trap, is thinking that how you use something is how your clients do/should use it too.

Please get MarsEdit up to current standards, and make embedding flickr photos from any source, youtube videos, etc, as easy as blogo and I’ll certainly consider upgrading and coming back. If I’m the only one and you know that no one else cares or has left to wander off to Blogo, then ignore me. But I bet I’m not the only one.

Best regards.

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By: Patrick Cassell http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/743/two-years-on-mars/comment-page-1#comment-149801 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:46:24 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=743#comment-149801 I have used MarsEdit for posting to my weblog and find it to be more user friendly than the WordPress.com web editor.

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