The Iconfactory Turns to Kickstarter to Reboot Twitterrific for Mac

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The Iconfactory has launched a Kickstarter campaign called "Project Phoenix" in an effort to raise at least $75,000 to reboot Twitterrific for Mac.


Twitterrific for Mac was the very first Twitter client, but The Iconfactory admitted it has fallen out of date after its team made the tough decision to focus exclusively on development of Twitterrific for iOS since 2013. Now, it has turned to the Apple community to raise funds to build a new Mac app from the ground up.
After much consideration, we decided that the best way forward was to go back to the beginning. Rather than bending the long-neglected Twitterrific for Mac into a new shape, we will borrow what we can from iOS and use it to build a modern new macOS app.

To achieve such a large undertaking in a reasonable timeframe, we'll start small: Our goal is to deliver a minimal Twitter client much like the original Twitterrific for Mac, but with a feature set that fits how we use Twitter in 2017 instead of how we thought we wanted to use it back in 2007.
The Iconfactory said its plan is to build a minimal product within 6 or 7 months that includes the following functionality:

o Unified home timeline
o Multiple account support
o Composing, replying, and quoting tweets
o Muffles and mutes
o Streaming
o Themes
o Delete and edit your own tweets
o Sync timeline position with iOS
o VoiceOver Accessibility
o Keyboard control
o Attaching images to tweets
o Timeline search (text filter/find)
o Open links to other tweets, profiles and media in your browser

In the long run, the developers said they would like to bring Twitterrific for Mac to feature-parity with the iOS version.

The Iconfactory said if it raises over $100,000, it will follow up with another major version that includes features such as direct messaging, built-in Twitter search, and a built-in quick media viewer. At $125,000, it promises to continue adding features such as simple list management and geolocation.

The fundraising goals may seem significant, but Twitter enforced significant changes to its API and tokenization in 2012 that made it harder for third-party Twitter clients to be functional and profitable.

There are multiple pledge levels available on Kickstarter, starting at $15, that will all include a copy of Twitterrific for Mac, which The Iconfactory estimates will be ready by August. Rewards available include Twitterrific t-shirts, stickers, and vinyl collectibles, plus access to beta versions, depending on the amount pledged.

The new Twitterrific for Mac will be distributed outside of the Mac App Store for macOS 10.12.3 and later. As with all Kickstarter projects, there are risks to consider before making a pledge. The Iconfactory notes that Twitter could further restrict its API or enforce other limitations that impede its ability to deliver.

The Twitterrific for Mac team will include engineers Sean Heber and Craig Hockenberry and designers Gedeon Maheux and Anthony Piraino.

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AndyK

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The Iconfactory said if it raises over $100,000, it will follow up with another major version that includes features such as direct messaging
This to me seems more like a basic feature that I personally wouldn't consider a client if it didn't have.

At $125,000, it promises to continue adding features ...
This implies ongoing development will be sketchy at best unless it booms upon release.

Can't say I'm convinced.
 

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They must really be counting on extreme loyal fans to raise that kind of money. Tweetbot for Mac costs $9.99 and I bet it does most of what they claim they want to build in their new version, I've been using it on iOS since version 2 and it's a great piece of software.
 

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I liked Twitterific, used to use Tweetbot most of the time but dropped them because of lazy developers and the fact that the official Twitter app had more features/better algorithms. But I DO miss tweet sync and streaming. Streaming doesn't seem to work very well on the official apps, and there's no syncing. So I have to scroll through endless read tweets and try to remember where I read up to on a different device.

Frustrating that almost all unofficial Twitter apps have syncing, and yet the official app does not.
 

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As a company I really like Iconfactory. Their recently released iPad sketching app, Linea, is superb.

However... I just can't see contributing to a Kickstarter campaign for an app that most will probably value at $2.99. If they really think there's a large market, they should invest their own time and $, and then price the app accordingly.
 
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They must really be counting on extreme loyal fans to raise that kind of money. Tweetbot for Mac costs $9.99 and I bet it does most of what they claim they want to build in their new version, I've been using it on iOS since version 2 and it's a great piece of software.
I started using Tweetbot this year, find it does not adhere closely enough to the user interface to feel like a true Mac app, and it even has the same non-updating quirks that the official Twitter app has.

Reply to a tweet, expect that reply to appear right away, but no such luck. Go back, reload the tweet you replied to, still nothing. The Tweetbot folks blame this on Twitter's API. In fact, when I raised these concerns, the support agent told me to get a refund, as he didn't want someone using the app that wasn't happy with it. I've been a Mac user for 25 years, and I know a thing or two about what makes a Mac a Mac, and Tweetbot does not live up to that standard.

The Mac definitely needs a good, well-designed Twitter client that adheres to Mac standards, not iOS standards.
 
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Wow, this article just made me realize how old Twitter is, and now I feel really old too.

I hate Twitter's official apps so much. I hate how they open when I click on a link in Safari for Twitter. I'd uninstall them, but I'm pretty sure I installed them for a reason, such as Siri integration or something.

Tweetbot is my favorite and worth the money. I love all the custom regex mute filters I can create. It's brilliant!
 
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The budget seems more than adequate unless they eat $30 lunches every day. The only thing I don't get is why they should get to have the whole project's costs taken care of upfront and not risk their investment like every other developer out there?!
Yes. If they feel like they can make a good product, front the costs and take risks like other developers. Craig Hockenberry of the Icon Factory has always rubbed me the wrong way and this is another example of why that company isn't going to be getting my $.
 
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I started using Tweetbot this year, find it does not adhere closely enough to the user interface to feel like a true Mac app, and it even has the same non-updating quirks that the official Twitter app has.

Reply to a tweet, expect that reply to appear right away, but no such luck. Go back, reload the tweet you replied to, still nothing. The Tweetbot folks blame this on Twitter's API. In fact, when I raised these concerns, the support agent told me to get a refund, as he didn't want someone using the app that wasn't happy with it. I've been a Mac user for 25 years, and I know a thing or two about what makes a Mac a Mac, and Tweetbot does not live up to that standard.

The Mac definitely needs a good, well-designed Twitter client that adheres to Mac standards, not iOS standards.
To be fair to Tweetbot there is a lot that they would like to do but can't because Twitter deliberately cripple what API can do. Twitter only want people to use the official client where they can sell ads, as there are no adverts in third party apps using API they deliberately do everything they can push people to the official client and make it difficult for third parties to continue.

I'm a diehard Tweetbot user on iOS and Mac but the lack of features like polls is a pain, but the fault for that lies solely with Twitter.
 

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Other than Donald Trump, does anyone actually use Twitter anymore? And if so... why the hell are you using it still? Just to comment and retweet Donald Trump's tweets?
 

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To be fair to Tweetbot there is a lot that they would like to do but can't because Twitter deliberately cripple what API can do. Twitter only want people to use the official client where they can sell ads, as there are no adverts in third party apps using API they deliberately do everything they can push people to the official client and make it difficult for third parties to continue.

I'm a diehard Tweetbot user on iOS and Mac but the lack of features like polls is a pain, but the fault for that lies solely with Twitter.
Yah, it's more than that. I'm constantly confused about navigating around Tweetbot for Mac. What I expect to be a single click ends up requiring a double-click. And switching between accounts is non-intuitive — one click on the first account icon, and then a double-click on the second account icons. If I only single click on the second account icon, it eventually switches after about 5 seconds. And then pop-up menus appear in odd places. Click the "Reply" (square back arrow) when viewing a profile and it presents a pop-up menu with the first item as "You can message (said user)", but it's not a menu item at all, just a notice. And if I decide to close a tweet before finishing it, a pop-up menu appears with "Delete" and "Safe Draft" options. This is not a proper Mac user experience.

I stopped using Viber app for similar reasons — they tried to reduce development costs by building a single app for both Mac and Windows (based on Java), and the end result just isn't a familiar experience. Does more harm than good in the long run.
 
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I stopped using Viber app for similar reasons — they tried to reduce development costs by building a single app for both Mac and Windows (based on Java), and the end result just isn't a familiar experience. Does more harm than good in the long run.
Are you sure it's Java, I don't see any jar files in it's package nor do I have Java installed yet it runs fine.
I know little about programming but inside the App Container/Folder are dylib files and those only run on OS systems
based on Mach Kernel.
 
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