Twitter for Mac today received its most significant upgrade since 2013, introducing a range of new features to bring the Mac app in line with the iOS and web experiences. Twitter for Mac 4.0 includes an updated design with improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions, and it brings a new dark theme to change the background from white to black.
Along with a new look, Twitter for Mac is gaining several new features like inline video playback, GIF support, Group Direct Messages, a mute option, and the ability to quote tweets. All of these features have previously been available within the Twitter iOS app and on the web. Today’s update also includes a new Today Center Widget for viewing Twitter highlights in the Apple Notification Center on the Mac.
Don’t call it a comeback!
Twitter for Mac is getting the update you’ve been asking for. Now it looks and feels more like the Twitter you carry with you everyday. We’ve built in some of the most-requested features so your Twitter for Mac experience combines what you love about Twitter with the elegance you expect on a Mac. Here’s what we’ve added:
– Inline video playback – You’ll see videos play directly in your feed.
– GIFs support – See animations without leaving your timeline.
– Group Direct Messages – Create and receive private notes with up to 50 people.
– Mute – Silence specific accounts so you no longer see them in your feed.
– Today Center Widget – Get your Twitter Highlights right on your desktop.
– Dark Theme – Now you can see the world in black or white.
– Updated design – Get the latest improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions.
– Quote Tweet – Add your two cents to any Retweet.
The Mac Twitter app received a minor update in August of 2015, but beyond that, the app has gone untouched since 2014. The last major version update ahead of today’s refresh was introduced in December of 2013.
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At its Twitter Flight developer conference, Twitter today announced plans for a redesigned and updated Twitter for Mac client, reports TechCrunch. The new Twitter for Mac app will include support for several newer Twitter features such as in-line Vine, video, and GIF playback, group Direct Messages, photo Direct Messages, and in-line replies.
Image via TechCrunch The app, which will be optimized for El Capitan, will show interaction highlights within the OS X Notification Center, and it has a built-in dark mode for users who prefer a darker interface.
Twitter for Mac has never been a focal point for Twitter, and the app has often gone for months without updates and new feature additions. From June of 2011 to April of 2013 it received zero updates, and in 2014 and 2015, it’s only been updated twice. With the revamped version, it’s possible Twitter plans to invest more of its resources into the Mac app to allow it to better compete with third-party products like Tweetbot.
Twitter plans to release its updated Mac app in a few months, with no concrete launch date set at the current time.
Earlier this week, Google released Chrome 46 with a long list of bug fixes and feature improvements to improve memory and power usage, but unmentioned was the removal of „OK Google“ voice-based search activation.
As noted by VentureBeat, it’s no longer possible to use the „OK Google“ phrase to trigger a voice search, which has been a feature built into the Chrome browser since May of 2014. „OK Google“ was removed from the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux, but is still available on Chrome for mobile devices and Chromebooks.
Image via VentureBeat Google removed the feature because it wasn’t heavily used, and its deletion should help save power and speed up browsing as the Chrome browser will no longer need to continually listen for voice commands.
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