Huzzah! Today is a big day for a close friend: Shaun Inman has released Mint 2, a snazzy update to his website stat tracking application. I’ve been helping out (alongside the other crumb-bums) with beta-testing for months now, and I can tell you first hand, this is a significant upgrade. To be honest, I didn’t know what more Shaun could add to Mint 1. It already tracked stats well, it had my favorite feature: a Referrer RSS feed, and it looked really nice. Mint 2 brings a slew of UI enhancements, like an improved interface design, more pane layout options, and support for custom styles, just to name a few. It evens supports IE PC now, if that’s the way you swing. All of the default Peppers have been updated, and some new ones have hit the scene, like my favorite: Birdfeeder, a pepper that tracks your site’s RSS feeds, collectively and individually, for number of subscribers and for “seeds” (links clicked from your feeds).
Shaun also gave the Mint site a full overhaul. He created a new account center and integrated forums that use the same login, as well as a flag to identify registered users so that he can stop giving support to software pirates. Yar! Lastly, a new section of the site, Peppermill, tracks and collects pepper releases and updates (even for third-party pepper), so that you can always stay up to date with the best digs. Check out more of the new Mint’s feature highlights.
Shaun has really outdone himself this time… again. As beta-testers, we got to help refine features through our whining and complaining, and eventually, we broke him down. It’s a smoother experience throughout, and well-worth the paltry upgrade. Mint is still my favorite stats package around, and I’m picky as hell. Oh, and when you’re done checking out the new Mint, you might notice that Shaun updated that other site of his too. You can’t stop that guy!