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Tweetbot 2 review: Twitter Mac app has a crisper design but is a work in progress

Glenn Fleishman | June 23, 2015
Twitter client sports a new design but the Mac app still needs some polish

New tweets can have images and video added through the gear menu's Add Image and Add Video items, but you can also drag them in. Handy in connection with the new Photos app, which is more painful to export and drag images out than iPhoto, is this sequence: select an image in Photos, choose Edit > Copy, and then in a new tweet window simply paste to queue it to upload with the tweet.

I've been partial to Tweetbot's mute options, which are separate from the global mute feature that's part of Twitter's main settings. (There's no interface for those mutes within Tweetbot.) You can mute by hashtags, keywords, or accounts, and set expirations from 1 day to Forever. These mute lists sync across all of your copies of Tweetbot in iOS and OS X. If someone (such as me) is being a blowhard and you want to suppress them for a day or you never want to see the result of anyone's Nike fitness devices, it's a few clicks to tone down your timeline. Tweetbot 2 has improved the look of this view, adding avatars to muted accounts.

Twitter continues to roll out features and third-party developers aren't always granted access right away through the service's API (application programmers interface). Group direct messages (DMs) aren't available outside of Twitter apps and its website yet. But embedded tweets--in which a referenced tweet appears nested in a tweet--are not only available through the API, but already in a previously released major update to Tweetbot for iOS. Tapbots says this feature is coming in 2.1.

Bottom line

This review may sound generally negative, but this release is an improvement on the whole, and retains all of Tweetbot's delight and simplicity of use. Tapbots needs to polish an update to push this version further forward.


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