Tapbots, the maker of the popular Twitter client Tweetbot for the iPhone and iPad, has released a public alpha version of Tweetbot for the Mac. It was just a few weeks ago that designer Mark Jardine of the now 3-man development team had teased Tweetbot for the Mac in a tweet complete with a picture of the app running on his new Retina MacBook Pro.
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.
The post goes on to describe that users who download this alpha version should expect a lot of bugs, missing features, and other issues since it’s not a final product, so please beware if you’re going to try it out and note that no technical support will be provided. Additionally, the alpha requires Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) while the final version to be released in the future will require 10.8 (Mountain Lion) at a minimum. It will be a paid app available through the Mac App Store though Tapbots has not yet determined what the price will be.
Tapbots is asking for feedback on the app to help them improve it and prepare a final release that can be sold – to do this, you can use the Send Feedback link in the app’s Help menu.
I downloaded the alpha and have found that in the short time I’ve been using it, it’s already giving my previous preferred Twitter client, Osfoora, a run for its money. Tweetbot for the Mac offers Tweet Marker support even at this early stage and has an identical look and feel to its iOS counterparts, as you’d expect. It even contains some nice gesture support, such as a 2-finger swipe to the left if you have a trackpad to get to a tweet’s conversation view. So far, Tweetbot for Mac is looking like a definite buy once it hits version 1.0 and is available in the Mac App Store. If you want to wait until Tweetbot is in the Mac App Store, I highly recommend you try out the iPhone or iPad version in the meantime to get a taste of what you’ll see: