New software releases (plus screencast)

Today is a good day to release software. “MarsEdit gets a nice update”: and “NetNewsWire 3.0”: ships. At VitalSource we also just released “Bookshelf 4.6”: today, which lays the foundation for media-rich textbooks and adds a highlighter rating UI for any subscribed highlighters you have. This data will bubble up in a few places in the future to allow you to discover people and books, although for now it’s one-way.

Here’s a “short screencast of the rating interface”: (12 seconds, 700k). The star widget is a simple Cocoa control that hits a web service in the background. It was fun to write and surprisingly not very much code.