ecto bah!

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I am beginning to think ecto is one miserable little piece of software!  Lately it has developed an inability to upload photos to MovableType and WordPress blogs.  This poses a problem for me because my business site runs on MovableType and my other blogs run on WordPress.  I am sure there are all sorts of funny little code things that might fix the issues (I know about the WordPress ones and yet there is no certain fix even there).

So even though I paid for ecto I am starting to look around for an alternative.  I know about MarsEdit but last time I took a look at it, it really didn’t seem to have all the goodies ecto does.  One thing I really like about ecto is that it integrates nicely with iLife and it is pretty easy to use (even when it comes to images).  Notwithstanding the things I do like about ecto, I still have to say “Geez guys!  Build something that doesn’t have all these well documented issues or at least fix them.  Stop sending people off to other developers!”.

Of course if anyone has any suggestions for a replacement blog editor, I am listening.

Update:

I tried MarsEdit 1.1 out and it just doesn’t have enough to take me away from ecto even with ecto’s issues.  I guess the reason for my rant is that ecto is a great product, it really is.  I tried it out because a blogger I respect tremendously uses it and I stuck with it from there.  It just frustrates me that ecto hasn’t been patched to address these issues.  Ok, granted I am not a programmer so it may not be that simple but yikes!  The WordPress problem affects people who have moved to the vastly improved version WordPress 2.  Surely the difficulties uploading images to a WordPress blog can be fixed within ecto?  As for the MovableType issue, I am trying to work out if there has been a change in my platform or something that affects the uploading of images.  I suspect it may be because of an upgrade of PHP on my servers?  I don’t know.  But see above for similar “yikes” rant.

Update 2:

The MovableType issue seems to have been an intermittent issue.  I was just able to upload an image as part of my blog post.

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Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

  1. Hi Stephen, thanks for the tip. Performancing only seems to work with blogs hosted at Blogger, Typepad, WordPress etc. Most of my blogs are hosted on my own servers so that doesn't really work for me. Nice extension though!

    Hi Adriaan, thanks for your comment. I have been to the supports forum and the solution for the WordPress issue seems to be that it is a WordPress thing since the upgrade to version 2 (I tried replacing some of the problem files with older versions but that didn't work). As for the MovableType problem (it is a similar issue relating to uploading at least images), I ran a series of searches and didn't find anything meaningful on the support forum.

  2. Can you email me directly and send me the console logs for failed uploads (i.e. open Window->Console, then try to upload a file). That will give me info to find out what on your server is causing problems.

  3. Hi Stephen, thanks for the tip. Performancing only seems to work with blogs hosted at Blogger, Typepad, WordPress etc. Most of my blogs are hosted on my own servers so that doesn’t really work for me. Nice extension though!

    Hi Adriaan, thanks for your comment. I have been to the supports forum and the solution for the WordPress issue seems to be that it is a WordPress thing since the upgrade to version 2 (I tried replacing some of the problem files with older versions but that didn’t work). As for the MovableType problem (it is a similar issue relating to uploading at least images), I ran a series of searches and didn’t find anything meaningful on the support forum.

  4. Hi Stephen, thanks for the tip. Performancing only seems to work with blogs hosted at Blogger, Typepad, WordPress etc. Most of my blogs are hosted on my own servers so that doesn’t really work for me. Nice extension though!

    Hi Adriaan, thanks for your comment. I have been to the supports forum and the solution for the WordPress issue seems to be that it is a WordPress thing since the upgrade to version 2 (I tried replacing some of the problem files with older versions but that didn’t work). As for the MovableType problem (it is a similar issue relating to uploading at least images), I ran a series of searches and didn’t find anything meaningful on the support forum.

  5. Hi Stephen, thanks for the tip. Performancing only seems to work with blogs hosted at Blogger, Typepad, WordPress etc. Most of my blogs are hosted on my own servers so that doesn’t really work for me. Nice extension though!

    Hi Adriaan, thanks for your comment. I have been to the supports forum and the solution for the WordPress issue seems to be that it is a WordPress thing since the upgrade to version 2 (I tried replacing some of the problem files with older versions but that didn’t work). As for the MovableType problem (it is a similar issue relating to uploading at least images), I ran a series of searches and didn’t find anything meaningful on the support forum.

  6. Can you email me directly and send me the console logs for failed uploads (i.e. open Window->Console, then try to upload a file). That will give me info to find out what on your server is causing problems.

  7. Can you email me directly and send me the console logs for failed uploads (i.e. open Window->Console, then try to upload a file). That will give me info to find out what on your server is causing problems.

  8. Can you email me directly and send me the console logs for failed uploads (i.e. open Window->Console, then try to upload a file). That will give me info to find out what on your server is causing problems.

  9. Trying a new blog editor

    I know that I have always said that I love MarsEdit MarsEdit. And I still do. But I thought I would try this little program called ecto. Was introduced to the program by a blogging friend of mine that

  10. Trying a new blog editor

    I know that I have always said that I love MarsEdit MarsEdit. And I still do. But I thought I would try this little program called ecto. Was introduced to the program by a blogging friend of mine that

  11. Trying a new blog editor

    I know that I have always said that I love MarsEdit MarsEdit. And I still do. But I thought I would try this little program called ecto. Was introduced to the program by a blogging friend of mine that

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