Pepper Makes Mint Better
Shaun: So, what do you think of ShortStat?
Me: What, you mean after I finally got the damned thing installed?
Shaun: *sigh* Yes.
Me: It’s pretty cool.
Me: I still tend to use Refer more often. All of ShortStat’s little scroll panes bug me.
So went the usual exchange between Shaun and I about ShortStat. ShortStat 2, which never saw public release, was a great leap forward, still lacked in many of the same ways the original did. Lots of great information organized in a way that didn’t entirely suit its potential. And I was always around to remind Shaun of that fact.
Shaun has finally come out from his underground lab to unleash his latest stats tracking package, Mint. Myself and some other lucky gents have been beta testing it for the last few months, and I think it’s safe to say Mint is a far cry from ShortStat in almost every way (hence the new name). Completely rebuilt and re-imagined from the ground up, Mint sports a sexy new design and interface as well as a whole host of new features.
One of Mint’s new features that has me really excited is the Pepper API. This is Mint’s open framework that allows others to build on top of the default Mint to make it even better. Pepper makes Mint better (Pepper Mint! Clever lad). New Pepper can be easily installed (and uninstalled) through the preferences screen in your Mint. Shaun has already rolled out some different Pepper like: User Agent 007, to track visitor information like platform, browser, Flash version, and resolution; Local Searches which can automatically listen in on your site’s search form to track local searches on your site; and an added treat to Apple users, Junior Mint, a Dashboard widget to get to view your latest stats from your desktop. Shaun cautions me to mention that the API is still in an early “sketch” phase, but just the fact that he is moving that way and that Mint is open for anyone with an good idea to help improve it is a great thing.
Mint has a lot more to love that I can’t really cram in here, but briefly, some of my other favorite features include a really hot RSS feed for unique referrers, configurable view screen, Watched pages, new version auto-detection, and heaps more. Hell, word on the street is Mint even has an Easter Egg. Needless to say, I haven’t touched Refer in all the months of beta testing. Shaun did it, I’m a convert.
Shaun’s a good friend who’s worked very hard on this, and I have no problem helping him promote it. Even if initially my way of “helping” was to be the constant voice of dissent. The release is nearly upon us. Early next week you will all be able to get your hands on it. Head over to haveamint.com and sign up to be notified. You won’t be disappointed.
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