Having gone from an unloved app to one now receiving somewhat reasonable updates, Twitter for Mac has been updated to version 3.0 with several improvements and feature enhancements. These updates bring the OS X version of the social networking app more in line with the look and user experience of their iOS counterparts.
There was a period of time last year where Twitter for Mac didn’t receive an update for, well, nearly a year, and it had all but been abandoned by Twitter. While the Mac version still lags behind its iOS brethren, it has received several of
the big feature changes over the course of the last six months that have brought it back to being a serious Twitter app for Mac users.
The biggest change in this update for Twitter for Mac has come in the preview of photos on your timeline. Like the iOS version, you
can now view images without having to click on the Tweet itself. You can of course disable this (Preferences>Image Previews) but personally this is one of the things I love about the iOS versions.
According to the Release Notes, here are the other big changes in this update of Twitter for Mac:
- Check out the tweet detail pane to see the conversation around a tweet as well as favorite and retweet counts.
- Profiles now show header photos to display the unique personality of every user. Learn more about them by seeing who they follow and are followed by, their lists, and their custom timelines.
- We’ve refreshed the overall look and feel of the app.
Twitter for Mac is free and this update is available now in the Mac App Store. You will need to be running 10.7 (Lion) or later on your Mac to use the app. You will also need to have an account on Twitter which is also free.
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Atlantia Software today released InstaConcert for iOS, a new app that makes taking, sharing, and viewing photos while at a concert a snap. Featuring automatic location-based artist and venue discovery, 15 fun text skins for annotating shots, and effortless sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, it enables users to quickly capture and share their best concert moments. Rounding out the feature-set of this streamlined, iOS 7 inspired app is a “Photos at this Show” feed that users can access to view Instagram photos that others have recently shared from the same concert.
“Attending concerts is one of my favorite pass-times” said Nick Bonatsakis, the app’s creator and sole proprietor at
Atlantia Software. “I started noticing a trend at shows, more and more people around me would be taking photos and sharing them to Instagram.”, he said. “So i thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if there were an app specifically designed to make taking concert photos a better experience?”
Regarding specifics around the app’s features, Bonatsakis remarks “The automatic artist and venue discovery was the key feature for me. Everyone’s annotating photos with text now days, and it bums me out to spend even a few moments of extra time at a concert typing it out instead of enjoying the music.” “The other feature I’m super excited about is the Photos at this Show Feed” he added. ” You’re always seeing all thees people taking photos from different parts of the venue, being able to easily browse them all seemed like a natural fit for the app.”
InstaConcert for iOS is available on the iTunes App Store for free, with in-app purchase of .99 Cents to unlock the full set of photo skins.
The Foursquare app for iOS has been updated with a few bug fixes and improvements but also a new Nearby feature in the social networking app. The new Nearby feature now allows you to quickly see which of your friends on Foursquare are nearby so you can meet up with them.
The Nearby feature for restaurants, bars and other locales has been in Foursquare for a while now but this new ability to find friends easier is an improvement on the feature. This, coupled with the new ability to find a friend’s latest check-in with Foursquare, can make those impromptu meet ups for a coffee or beer quick and easy.
For those who have not tried Foursquare or are not familiar with it, it is a social networking app that allows you to check into locations. Those locations can have specials for you when you check in (such as a discount for a restaurant) or if you become the mayor of that location (the one with the most check-ins. I for example am the mayor of my local pub ). It is great if you live in a large metro area and have a lot of friends on the service as you can see who is really checking in where and what they are up to. Friendly stalking in some ways, great way to get restaurant and hotel information as well as users can post information, tips and reviews within the app in other ways.
Foursquare is a free app and service but does require you create an account.
Tumblr, the popular blogging-meets-social-networking-meets-photo-sharing services has updated the iOS version of their app with a complete new look and feel. The Tumblr app update brings all the new look and feel of iOS 7 but it also brings several new features or improvements to the app.
The most obvious change is the new iOS 7 in the Tumblr app with a more flattened look and if there is one thing about all
these apps going with the iOS 7 look, it makes learning them much easier for everyone. All the menus are in the same place in every app… but I digress.
Tumblr has also thrown in several new features in this update including a new post compose screen, a new post chooser and a new fast reblog of something you found and like on Tumblr. Personally I think the last feature they have added, the Tag autocomplete, is the biggest win. Now when you tag a post, Tumblr will start making tag suggestions as you type, much like Twitter does in their app. It is a big timesaver and makes it easy to find a tag that might be trending rather than your version of a tag.
The updated Tumblr app is available now in the App Store. It is a free download and it is a universal app. Tumblr does come with an age warning when you download it from the App Store due to content being posted that may be objectionable for some, especially those under 17. It’s not an adult playground per se but you can run into things you didn’t expect. When you sign up for Tumblr (which is also free) you have the ability to filter NSFW (Not Safe For Work) material at the account level which will cut out 99% of objectionable posts.
Twitter for iOS has received another update as the now public social networking giant continues to tweak and improve it. The latest update focuses on three major areas including a significantly improved search functionality. Now you can filter searches much easier by selecting the type of Twitter content you want to see such as photos, videos or tags. With billions of Tweets sent each day, this new filtering should help you wade through everything to find specifically what you are searching for in the service.
In addition to the search improvements, the Discovery section has seen some improvements. Now you can see what is
trending on TV as well as things near your location (assuming you have Location Services enabled). The idea behind this is so you can see what is trending in your city or location so you can get in on that activity or find out about local breaking news, etc.
Finally a new security feature has been added to Twitter for iOS. Now you can capture a screenshot of your backup login verification code that is generated as part of your double authentication process Twitter introduced several months ago. This will help you keep your backup code safe in your camera roll (and in your Photo Stream).
Twitter for IOS is a free application and it is a universal app. Signing up for Twitter is also free and be sure to follow AlliOSNews on Twitter at @AlliOSNews
It took a week but Facebook has finally updated the Facebook for iOS app that cause a massive amount of grief for users of the social networking app last week. For those of you who were not impacted, Facebook released an update last week that effectively killed the app for many users – to the point that the only fix was to completely uninstall the app and reinstall it but not do the update that was listed in the App Store.
That’s all well and good but remember that by default, iOS 7 turns on app updates so these updates are applied automatically. That caught a lot of people out. Fortunately about 24 hours after the release of the update last week, the broken update would not download from the App Store.
Fast forward to today. Facebook has released an update that specifically addresses this crash issue and having updated both my iPhone and my iPad with the update, I see no issues or performance problems. Seems they got it fixed.
Equally as important in this update – and what was the big deal last week until the crash issues – is the fact you can edit your posts on your iPad now. This has been on the iPhone build for some time.
Facebook for iOS is a free, universal app. A Facebook account is required in order to use the app – but I’m sure you are one of the 7 billion people who have one.
Twitter, you know, that social networking company that is about to float for somewhere around $11 billion, has released a nice new update for the iPhone version of their universal app. The Twitter for iPhone update brings a new photo preview feature that allows you to see photos right in your timeline without having to tap to open it or tap a link to view it. This is a feature that other Twitter apps like TweetBot has had for some time but it is good to see that Twitter themselves are bringing this feature to users.
The photo preview feature in Twitter for iPhone works on Twitter photos and Vine videos along with other “Select Content”
according to the release notes for the version. Now what specifically “select content” means I’m still trying to sort out. I know that Flickr photos are not supported in the timeline preview (but you can still tap to open the Tweet and see the photo so nothing is lost either) which is my main photo posting service now (sorry Instagram, just got tired of square photos). But I’m not sure what else will work in the the preview. If you discover something please post a comment here or on Facebook to let us know.
The other nice new feature in this release of Twitter for iPhone is the ability to reply, retweet and favourite a Tweet from your timeline. This means that you no longer have to swipe to the right to get these features – although the More and Trash functions still are a right-swipe away.
Now, throughout this post I’ve referred to Twitter for iPhone and most readers will know that Twitter is a Universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – one download and it is for all your device. I’m pointing this out because the new photo preview and reply/retweet/favourite features in your Timeline are not on the iPad version. I’m hoping that this will be coming in a future .dot release (this is after all v5.12) because I use Twitter on both my iPhone and iPad Mini almost equally.
The Twitter app is free and available in the App Store. You will need to have a Twitter account to use the app which is also free. And while you are at it, follow AlliOSNews at @alliosnews on Twitter!
Last night, ironically, I Tweeted that the Twitter for iOS app had been updated. According to the Release Notes, the big new feature was that conversations have a new look.
Conversations have a new look! They’re easier to find and fun to join.
- A blue line indicates a conversation between people you follow
- The first Tweet in the conversation now appears above the most recent reply
- Tap to see all of the replies
The update came to both the iPhone and iPad versions of Twitter for iOS as it is a Universal app. The idea is simple right? Yet last night there was a huge increase in activity on my Twitter timeline as people were trying to see the new feature in action.
The idea is to give you a better organised view of the conversation and it does appear to do just that. I found myself doing far less scrolling up or down to read a conversation.
While the new conversation look is what most focused on in this update, Twitter for iOS also brought some new Notification settings. Now you can get really granular on when and what types of notifications you receive from the app such as new followers or Direct Messages.
There are also updates to address issues with Direct Messages and Login verification.
Twitter for iOS is free and available in the App Store. It is a universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
Instagram has been updated for iOS that brings a feature I’ve personally wanted to see – sharing videos from your Photo Library.
To this point, when you wanted to share a video on Instagram you had to shoot that video at that moment and from within the Instagram app itself. That meant that any videos I shot prior to video sharing being available on the service or any video I shot using the Camera app on my iPhone is unavailable to upload to my Instagram account.
No longer the case. Instagram 4.1 allows users to share videos they have created with the camera app on their iPhone, not
just those created within the app itself. It is a welcome feature and means that users can shoot a video and post it later when they have better mobile coverage (I live in England. Mobile signal is tricky sometimes) or on WiFi.
If you stick with the Instagram camera there is another new feature which automatically straightens your photos. This straightening is instant and does not require any user intervention. Just snap the photo and Instagram will do the rest.
For those who are Android users, the new update also brings support to Android 4.0.
There is one thing that I still want to see from the Instagram team: iPad UI support! It’s not in this release but I can keep hoping someday it will be.
Instagram 4.1 is available now in the App Store and is a free download. A free account on the service is required as well.
Twitter has released a new update for their iOS app that brings two-factor authentication to the social networking service. Two-factor authentication has been a part of Twitter for some time now but has only been available on the Twitter website. With this update, version 5.9 for those keeping score, you can now control the two-factor authentication directly from within the app.
With this release, Twitter also brings a new photo gallery function to the app. Now you can view photos attached to
Tweets in a full screen gallery layout instead of having to scroll through individual photos. It’s a beautiful but simple feature.
Here is a rundown of all that has changed in this release according to the Release Notes:
Now you can protect your account with login verification. This is a new form of two-factor authentication that you can turn on and manage directly from your app.
- View anyone’s photos in a beautiful gallery when you visit their profile and tap ‘View more photos’
- Photo search results can also be viewed in a gallery
- Enjoy several improvements to lists: create new lists and edit your existing lists; manage titles and descriptions; add or remove members
- Improved launch times
- Other bug fixes and improvements
Twitter of course is a free app as is the service. Remember you can follow AlliOSNews on Twitter here.