Twitter users for Mac have been lamenting over their abandonment in the recent past.
However, on Wednesday, the micro-blogging platform responded with a release of a new update for its desktop clients. The update that is branded version 4.0 comes with an overhaul of features. Twitter for the desktop will no longer lag behind other Twitter’s applications on the web and mobile platforms. The new app is available on the Mac App Store right now.
Version 4.0 new features
Incline Video Playback – users will now be able to play videos directly in their Twitter feeds.
Mute – you can opt to silence some accounts, so you don’t see them anymore in your feeds.
Dark Theme- the redesigned user interface comes with modern elements and supports Mac OS X’s dark theme for those who prefer light text on dark background.
Updated Design- with this feature you can get the latest improvements to buttons, interactions and icons.
Group Direct Messages enable the creation and sending group direct messages to a maximum of 50 people.
GIFs support- allows users view animated GIF files without leaving their timeline.
Today Center Widget- this is a brand new way to get Twitter highlights on your desktop.
Missing elements in Twitter for Mac version 4.0
Nevertheless, Twitter developers still have a lot to do on the new update. Apart from working on fixing bugs and stabilizing the version, quite some features have been detected by users as missing, and they prove so vital. The features include those dropped from the previous version and new inclusions whose functionality has not impressed.
The app neither supports Split View nor Full screen. Also, it can’t be resized past 585 pixels wide or at least 1170 on Retina displays.
The app’s overall design is airy with too much white space that is a waste of space for an app like Twitter designed to be a small floating utility. For instance, the app’s design has all icons spaced out widely and every Tweet taller. Reply, like and Retweet buttons are now visible always on their row below the contents of a tweet unlike formerly when they were only seen by moving the pointer over the same tweet.
The app is not capable, as the old version, of merging individual actions. More disappointingly, it restricts the number of characters in direct messages to 140 and does not support Twitter Moments. Finally, the app will display “hearts” instead of “stars”.