MarsEdit 5.0.5: A Better Shade of Blue

April 5th, 2023

MarsEdit 5.0.5 is now available on the MarsEdit site and on the Mac App Store.

This update includes several modest improvements, but the one I most want to talk about is the change to the default shade of blue used for links in HTML content, and in the Plain Text editor. A few weeks ago, I found myself staring at the about box for the app, and this default shade of blue stood out to me:


There’s nothing particularly wrong with it. It is, after all, the default color for all links. But I’m not sure anybody spent much time weighing the aesthetics of the default HTML colors. To my eye, the saturation reads “1990s” and “Windows”. When I see that default color on a web site, the site comes across as less refined. And suddenly, my app felt less refined as well. Here’s how the same default link looks in MarsEdit 5.0.5:


It’s just another arbitrary color, but it’s my choice. I think it looks nice. It’s a better shade of blue. I liked it so much I changed the default blue in MarsEdit’s Plain Text syntax highlighting as well.

If you’re eager to know what else changed in this update, here’s the complete list of changes:

  • Changed the color for HTML links and strings to a better shade of blue
  • Fixed tab key order when tabbing out of the Find panel
  • Restore ability to get and set the post kind via AppleScript
  • Increased the rich editor text font size slightly
  • Fix a bug that could cause a file inserted into a new post to disappear after editing other fields
  • The link color now adapts as expected in the rich editor when switching between light and dark modes
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Preview content from loading upon first opening the Preview Template editor

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