Ollie, Twitter’s elder statesman and official unofficial Twitter logo, is flapping his wings (literally) in Twitterrific 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (universal, $2.99 launch price). This update is a clean slate for The Iconfactory and Twitterrific customers. There’s much to enjoy in this version, and I’ve picked my top five. Here they are, in no particular order:
A Customizable Theme
You expect Iconfactory products to look good, and Twitterrific 5 does. What’s fun is that you can affect that to a degree. Once your account credentials are set up, tap your avatar and then the “AA” button to produce the theme customization screen. From here, you can:
- Select one of five fonts
- Make user avatars larger or smaller
- Increase or decrease font size
- Choose a light or dark theme
- Adjust the spacing between lines
- Adjust brightness
My aging eyes prefer the light theme, large icons and huge lettering with lots of space in between. You youngsters may differ.
Swipe to Reply
Previous version of Twitterrific let you determine what a double- or triple-tap did. For instance, you could have a double-tap create a reply and a triple-tap a retweet. I liked that. Now I wonder how I lived with it. Twitterrific 5 employes gestures in a clever way. To reply to a tweet, simply swipe right. A composition window appears with your target user’s handle in place. Super.
Swipe to View a Conversation
You know where this is going. Swipe left to view the conversation surrounding a tweet.
It’s Crazy Fast
Perform a gesture to compose a reply or view a conversation and boom, it’s there. Pull to refresh (that’s right, pull to refresh in Twitterrific!) and the timeline refreshes. It’s crazy fast.
Timeline Refresh Animation
When you pull to refresh your timeline, you’re treated to a delightful animation. Ollie bursts from his egg, flaps his wings and then disappears into a flash as the update is completed.
You’re going to say, “That’s just a bit of fun,” to which I’ll say, you’re right! Software can be fun! A feature can have no purpose other than to make the user smile. The first person who says “gamification” gets punched in the junk. Lighten up and have some fun.
There’s more, of course, like my beloved color coding. Each type of tweet you’ll compose (public, mention and DM) has its own color. Those colors are more subtle in v.5 but not gone. No more horror-stricken moments of, “Dear God, I hope that was a DM.”
Twitterrific 5 is a swell app that will remain on my iPhone’s home screen for the foreseeable future.