This has to stop. MarsEdit - the blog-posting software from Ranchero - has a bug, a bad bug (or else I’m just cursed). I’m using v1.1.2, the most recent.
Here’s what happens. You can compose a post, and MarsEdit will (if you like) give you a preview window showing how your brilliant thoughts are going to appear online. It’s an HTML window that uses the Safari Webkit HTML engine.
And it sucks - CPU, that is. That screenshot above is a little section from
top, showing what processes are using what percent of CPU.
In MarsEdit when you start a new post and have a preview window open, it updates even if you don’t have “Live Preview” (which ought to show how your post will look as you type) selected.
And what’s even worse is that there seems to be a bug which stops one from stopping the live preview. You can click that little box in the window all you like - it still updates, live.
It is, to say the least, disappointing. Look, guys, I’m buying your software (see VoodooPad there, Gus? I use it each day). But it’s abusing my CPU. Please, let’s sort it.
Update: what makes this problem even worse is that once you post something and go away, it sometimes pops up a preview window - without you asking - for any other post you’ve been editing. Until you notice that the machine is running slow as hell, and come back to MarsEdit…
Further updated: Gus Mueller acknowledges that there’s a problem already found with preview windows here. Still chasing the rest..
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