Tapbots Releases Public Alpha of Tweetbot for Mac [Download]
Tapbots has announced a public alpha release of Tweetbot 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.
Introducing a new scientist.
So what can I expect from this 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.
Tweetbot for Mac will be until it hits version 1.0. For the most part it is Retina Display ready and it supports OS X 10.7+ but will only support 10.8 once it ships. 10.7 support will be dropped sometime after Mountain Lion is released so we suggest grabbing all the betas you can if you can't or don't expect to update to 10.8.
You can download Tweetbot for Mac (alpha) at the link below...