Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Tweetbot for Mac adds thumbnail support for Vine and Flickr, new menubar icon options and more

Tapbots has updated the Mac version of its incredibly popular Tweetbotapp today, adding an avalanche of new features including thumbnail support for Vine and Flickr, new menubar icon options and the ability to add .mp4 videos to new tweets. Due to new rules surrounding Twitter’s API guidelines, users of earlier versions of the software will need to upgrade by March 5th.

The independent Twitter client now allows you to enable or disable notifications for specific users, which is a welcome way of muting people for short periods of time. To access the new functionality, simply control-click a user in the feed and choose ‘Enable/Disable Notifications’ from the menu.

Vine is the latest social network to launch with a great deal of fanfare. The service, created by Twitter as a means of uploading short, six second videos to the Internet, has proven popular despite its issues with uploaded pornography. It joins Flickr, which has also seen a resurgence recently due to some revamped mobile apps and the debacle over Instagram’s proposed terms of service, in Tapbots’ new and improved OS X app.

Tweetbot for Mac adds thumbnail support for Vine and Flickr, new menubar icon options and more

Thumbnails for both services will now appear directly in the feed, meaning that users don’t need to click-through to either see a preview or visit the webpage where it originated from.

The app also has a lot of small and technical tweaks for users who like to customize their Twitter experience. Accounts can now be reorganized on the left-hand side via the account preferences menu, and users can now drag an image or .mp4 video onto the app icon in order to start creating a new tweet.

A whole host of bugs have also been fixed, smoothing out the experience in day-to-day use:

  • Fixed the issue where ‘goto user’ would fail if there was a space before or after the username.
  • Fixed the issue where a twitter search url didn’t work as expected in some cases.
  • Fixed the issue where if someone faved your tweet it looked like you faved it.
  • ‘View in Favstar’ now respects open links in background preference
  • Fixed the issue where when creating new tweet, typing something, hitting escape and then clicking somewhere would dismiss the tweet.
  • Fixed the issue with changing muted keyword durations.

Last but not least, today’s update also includes the ability to open profiles or tweets on Twitter.com, as well as click on the date label in the status detail in order to open the tweet in your chosen browser.

It’s also worth nothing that due to Twitter’s API changes in version 1.1, all users must upgrade to the new version of Tweetbot for Twitter by March 5. After that point, all previous versions will stop working. So if you haven’t done so already, hit the link below before you forget. The iOS version of Tweetbot has also received an update that brings it in alignment with Twitter’s 1.1 API guidelines. As with the Mac version, users will need to upgrade before March 5th.

The update follows similar improvements for the iOS iteration, which also includes link support for Chrome and 1Password, earlier this month.

 

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Bob is the author and creator of the Daily Technology Column in TechLone - Technology News, Views & Reviews, which has appeared since January, 2013.