Tweetbot, atlast, will now be available for Mac. But beware for it is still on its early stage or what we call the alpha release. Developing a full-featured Twitter client is not that easy. Good news is that although it still doen’t have its full features, it is aleady useable. Twitter decided to release it as a public alpha to finish things faster and get feedback to build the best Mac incarnation of Tweetbot. Either you love it or hate it, it will be better as time goes by.
Twitter posted on their blog about what to expect and what to be encountered.
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.
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.
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.
They also provided us with FAQs.
Will Tweetbot for Mac be free?
No, we plan to charge for the app in the app store once we hit version 1.0. Until then, you get to use our app for free. Think of it as a long term trial. When we hit 1.0, you’ll know whether it’s worth your hard earned cash or not.
How long will it be in alpha/beta?
As long as it needs to be. We would like to earn money for our hard work as soon as possible, but we won’t sell anything short of a quality product.
How much will you charge for it?
We haven’t decided yet.
Is it retina ready?
For the most part yes.However some of us are still waiting for our retina macbook pros so until then, there are a few glitches here and there.
Which versions of OS X will it support?
The alpha version supports 10.7+, but the shipping product will only support 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later. We will be taking full advantage of features only available in 10.8. We will most likely be dropping 10.7 support sometime after 10.8 is available to the public.
So um…where do I get this so called “alpha”?
Right here: http://tapbots.com/tweetbot_mac
For those fans of Tweetbot on the iOS, this is good news for you. You will now be able to see amazing features of the iOS version ported on your MAC PC. Just wait for further revisions as it is just on its alpha stage.