The Iconfactory’s Twitterrific 5 got an update yesterday that adds a few new features and improves existing ones. New features include the ability to see a thumbnail preview of images within your timeline and a new simplified reading mode is available in the in-app browser, but it’s the improvements and bug fixes that really make this update worthy of mention.
The full list of what’s new and changed is as follows:
- Simplified reading mode for the in-app browser using Instapaper or Readability
- Find tweets in all timelines via ‘History’ search (new search tab)
- Image previews are displayed directly in the timeline
- Photo viewer now displays images without a frame
- In-app web browser now uses the entire screen on iPad
- Twitterrific now loads 100 tweets while refreshing or loading more
- New gesture: Tap and hold the RT icon on a tweet to quickly retweet with a comment
- When user avatars are hidden in the timeline, tap on a username to open a profile
- VoiceOver now uses a relative date/time on tweets instead of an absolute one
- Added VoiceOver accessibility to the Load More button• Searches and Lists in the sidebar are now ordered alphabetically
- Tapping outside of popup navigation on iPad now dismisses view
- Visual improvements to popup navigation and views• Other minor interface improvements
- Fixed an issue where empty Twitter accounts in iOS Settings could cause a crash
- Adjusted scroll to top area so it’s less likely to be tapped by accident
- Foreign keyboards no longer cover up the bottom of the compose screen
- Fixed a bug that prevented some of your friends/followers from being displayed
- Replying to your own reply no longer loses the conversation thread
Though the version number change might make you think that this is a minor update, several issues that stood out to me when Twitterrific 5 was released have been greatly improved or resolved. First, Twitterrific 5 used to only load 50 tweets at a time upon opening or refresh, which was a painfully low number for someone like me who likes to catch up as much as possible on all the tweets I’ve missed. The bump to 100 is helpful though my ideal would be 200. Second, the tap target area that triggered the “scroll to top” shortcut has been reduced so that this happens accidentally less often, which was another issue that bugged me and even reared its ugly head in my review video.
These small changes improve Twitterrific 5 much more than you might think and it’s enough for me to bump Tweetbot off my home screen and give it a go as my primary Twitter client on my iPhone 5. It still lacks push notifications though The Iconfactory states in a blog post that work on this has begun. If you can’t go without push notifications, consider the excellent Push 4.0 app (review) that will send you push notifications for Twitter events as well as for RSS feed updates and much more.
Twitterrific 5 is still on sale at its special launch price of $2.99 so you should buy it before it goes up. I expect The Iconfactory to keep improving Twitterrific and it will only get better over time.