Tweetbot 0.6.1 – Popular iOS twitter client now available for Mac


Tweetbot for Mac is finally available! However it may not be quite as you had hoped. Developing for the Mac is no easy task, especially a full-featured Twitter client. However, we’ve gotten to a point where while not complete, it is useable. We’ve decided to release it as a public alpha to a) motivate us to finish faster, and b) get feedback to help us build the best Mac incarnation of Tweetbot we can make. You can love it or hate it, but rest assured it will only get much much better from here.

What can you expect from the Alpha?

Bugs! Lots of them.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Sending us bug and crash reports will help us out a lot. You can do so by hitting “Send Feedback” from the Help menu in Tweetbot for Mac.

Missing features.

We’ve been focusing on replicating the core features of our iOS versions. Features like multiple windows will be coming in the future. You can open a new window by hitting command-shift-n, but rest assure it will be much more elegant in the future.

Disturbing graphics and performance issues.

Okay, not disturbing to most of you, but some designers can get pretty disgusted by the slightest mis-aligned pixel. Don’t be alarmed, we plan on making everything as beautiful and pixel perfect as we can. Throwing things on the canvas is just part of our process. And no, the egg icon isn’t the final icon. It was thrown together for alpha/beta purposes. We also spend most of our time optimizing performance towards the end of development.

No support.

This is a public alpha so run it at your own risk. When you run into issues, we’d love it if you would send us a report. However we can’t respond or spend time helping you get things up and running or else we’ll end up spending time with support and not getting the app done.

No Notification Center or iCloud support (in the alpha/beta).

There’s no way we can offer them until the app is signed and goes through the app store. They will work in the shipping product.

Updates and Expiring alpha/betas.

Updates will be automatically pushed out to you. We suggest you install them as each new build will fix bugs and possibly add new functionality. Old builds will also expire after a certain period of time.

WHAT’S NEW

Version 0.6.1 (alpha 2):

  • Notifications for mentions, follows, retweets, favorites (OS X 10.8 only)
  • Go to User (command-u)
  • Option to open links in background (see preferences)
  • Less intrusive tweet action overlay icons
  • Double-click tweets in timeline now takes you to status detail
  • Fixed some contextual menu issues in direct message conversations
  • Fixed pull-to-refresh and scrolling to top issue when loading new results
  • Tweetmarker will now set your timeline position on app startup always
  • Fixed bugs and crashers related to composing tweets.
  • Made large and huge fonts bigger
  • Can swipe the empty space in a conversation to go back to previous view
  • Can close image window with command-w (also space and esc)
  • Menu shortcuts added to profile view: Command-d (direct message) and command-r (reply)


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