It was a long time coming, but Twitter for Mac OS X, also known as Tweetie 2, was finally brought to the masses with the introduction of the Mac App Store earlier this year. After using it virtually all day long for a couple of months, I thought it was time to put my thoughts down on paper, so here we go!
Twitter for Mac retains many aspects of Tweetie‘s user interface that made it so popular. The navigational buttons are present on the left hand side of the window, and allow you to toggle between your timeline, mentions, messages, lists, profile and search for tweets as well as see what’s currently trending.
The new tweet button which was found on the bottom left hand corner of the window in Tweetie has now been replaced by a mini drop down menu, which also has links to create a direct message and alter preferences as well as create a new tweet. The user interface has been given a bit of a facelift in the transition to becoming Twitter for Mac, trading in a standard OS X window frame for a more sleek looking combination of black and white.
One thing that I absolutely love about Twitter for Mac is multitouch support on the MacBook Pro and Magic Trackpad devices as well. When you’re in any section of the application, you can swipe up or down with three fingers on the trackpad to move between the different features. If you’re lazy like me, it saves you from dragging your cursor all over the place, and it’s just a lot easier to do with a few swipes here and there. The lack of multitouch implementation in other third party applications for the Mac is something that has consistently disappointed me since we saw the new glass trackpads on Apple notebooks, so to see it present here is an awesome feature.
Also, the lack of a dedicated “new tweet” button means that you have to go through an extra click before creating a tweet. This isn’t the end of the world, but it would be nice to have immediate access to key features such as this. I’ve gotten in to the habit of using the shortcut ?+N to bring up a new tweet window, which is probably easier than clicking through anyway, although many people would rather use their trackpad if they aren’t comfortable with keyboard shortcuts.
Another missing feature that I found surprising is the inability to filter down trending topics by country; you’re just presented with one list, which I can only assume is the list of worldwide trends. I’d love to narrow this down by country, so that would be a great feature to implement in a future revision.
For the most part, Twitter for Mac is a very capable client, although some missing features such as changing your display picture and selecting trends by country are a little annoying. Considering that it’s completely free and looks great, you can’t complain too much. I firmly believe that this is the best Twitter client on Mac OS X right now, and you can download it from the Mac App Store – and once you’ve done that, remember you can then follow @ZathUK if you haven’t already.
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.