EditShare made its Lightworks NLE available on the Mac yesterday, with the release of a public beta version of the software. That makes Lightworks the first pro NLE to be available on three platforms — Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Lightworks isn't one of the big three NLEs — the market is dominated by Adobe, Apple, and Avid — but it has a cult following from its early days on the Windows platform and has stirred up new interest with the addition of a Linux version last year. It's perhaps best-known as the editorial system of choice for Thelma Schoonmaker, who has been cutting Martin Scorsese's features for decades, dating back to Raging Bull. But it was also used on The King's Speech, Bruce Almighty, Pulp Fiction, and The Truman Show, to name a few studio titles.

A Lightworks license is $7.99/month, $79.99/year, or $279.99 for a perpetual license of the current version. (Upgrades to subsequent releases run $153.99 for perpetual license-holders.)

The Mac beta release represents version 12 of Lightworks, which introduces a host of new features. See the company's changelog for details.