The Story So Far

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Every great product has a story behind it and Desk is no exception. The original concept came to me when I was on a road trip down the Florida coast more than 13 years ago. I was drafting a blog post in the passenger seat and thought about how sad it was that I wasn’t able to publish a blog post while in transit. Remember, this was before wireless hotspots and internet-enabled devices!

But I continued to dream about an intuitive and super-simple publishing interface. I was a young engineer and didn’t yet have the technical experience nor the product design background to put something together quite yet.

In late 2013 I decided that it was time and so I began quietly putting together the pieces of what I believed would be a comprehensive yet hyper-focused native OSX app that would close the gap between a writer’s ideas and their digital publishing presence. And when I made the project public with the launch of v1.0 I had didn’t expect that it would resonate so widely with so many people.

Since then it’s gathered a number of awards and I’ve been especially honored to see it win “Best Apps of 2014” and “Best App of 2015” via Apple.

But the most humbling fact is that this small-yet-capable app has helped thousands of people publish thousands of blog posts that they would have never otherwise published. I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have helped so many people tell so many great stories all across the world!

Screenshots and Features

Version 3.0 is here!
Reimagined for macOS.
Simple style and view settings.
Manage your stories well.
Text treatments that make sense.
Built for macOS.
Designed specifically for WordPress.

View the Full Feature List via the Mac App Store.

Testimonials and Kind Words

Desk focuses on what matters most: Writing. (And it has one of the best app icons I’ve ever seen — perfect metaphor, beautifully rendered.) – John Gruber, Daring Fireball

A painless writing and blogging tool for Mac. After using it for a few days, it has become my default text editor. – Steve Sande, TUAW

Get teleported to an earlier, typewritten age. All that’s missing is the “ding” sound when you hit the end of a line. – Nick Mediati, Macgasm

Desk provides an interface without mystery; it’s simple, logical, & obvious. – Pedro Santamaria, AppleSfera

A clear and uncluttered editor (with markdown support)! – Kevan Lee, The Next Web

Desk undoubtedly marks an exciting new arrival in the Mac blog editors segment. – Nicolas Furno, MacGeneration

About The Creator

San Francisco, 2016

Hi, I’m John (@8BIT) and you can find me in a number of different places on the web. Among many other things, I’m an indie software developer, blogger, entrepreneur, husband, dad, and newbie vlogger.

But perhaps most importantly is the fact that I’ve been blogging publicly since 2001; at least one post every single day. And that’s why I originally built Desk – writing and storytelling has been an ever-increasing passion of mine and it was almost an accident that I decided to share it with the rest of the world.

But I’m glad I did. I love hearing the personal success stories from people just like you who have used my humble app to help them capture, refine, and then publish their thoughts to the world. What an honor and privilege!

So, thank you for allowing my passion to be made complete through your use and participation. I hope you enjoy Desk as much as I do and that you share that joy with others!

Contact and Press Kit

Looking to get in touch? That would be great!

You can download the official Press Kit which has most of what you need and you can always ping me directly to get a “Review Copy” for any editorials or write-ups!

I appreciate the support immensely!