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Tapbots and the state of iOS8

Since iOS8 was released this week, we wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with things. Tweetbot 3 for the iPhone will be submitted soon. We are finishing up our work fixing bugs and optimizing features for iOS8 and also want to test on the new devices before submitting. This will be a free update for Tweetbot 3 customers.

Next, we wanted to state that Tweetbot 3 for the iPad is in development. However we are also trying to get some of our other apps updated as well so progress has been slower than expected. We are excited to share that two of our older apps will be updated for iOS8 (iPhone/iPad) and debut for the first time on the Mac (Yosemite)! We will update you when we get closer to launch. Thanks so much for your patience and support.

Tweetbot 3 Questions and Answers

Got a question about Tweetbot 3? Here are some of answers to the most common ones.

Where is the font size setting?

Tweetbot 3 uses iOS 7′s dynamic font size, you can go to -> General -> Text Size to make the text in the app bigger or smaller.

But I really don’t want to have the same font size as the rest of the OS.

We hear you and are working on something, stay tuned.

My eyes bleed at night, is there going to be a Night Theme?


Why did you get rid of double/triple tap?

In order to detect a double/triple tap, every tap on a Tweet adds a delay while the OS decides if you are doing a single or multiple tap. This lag really impacts the feel of the app in a subtle way. There are some ways around this but it ends up causing other issues. We understand some of you really miss this feature and are discussing how to best handle it.

Why did you get rid of the left to right swipe?

The Tweet detail view shows all the information the old Conversation view used to show and we have some plans for left to right…

I miss the List behavior of Tweebot 2, what’s going on?

Lists are now viewed and managed in the List tab. The List tab will keep track of the latest list you selected across app launches and provides the same functionality as the old List as Timeline feature did. We removed the old way of doing it because too many people don’t use lists and were accidentally hitting that when trying to scroll up. Please try to live with it for a few days, if you still hate it after that let us know.

I can’t Compose a Tweet from the List tab.

We thought that editing the lists’ members would be more important, lots of people disagree. We’ll get it fixed.

I keep getting a “Your Date & Time need to be updated.” error message, why?

For some reason your device is unable to make a secure/https connection through Tweetbot. This almost always happens because the device time is wrong. Double check your time and specially your Time Zone settings and then try rebooting. If you are still having issues please use the “Contact Us” option in settings so we can help you out in more detail.

I bought Tweetbot 2, why am I being prompted to buy Tweetbot 3?

Tweetbot 3 is a paid upgrade.

I’m still on iOS 6, where did Tweetbot 2 go?

In order to reduce confusion we removed Tweetbot 2 from sale from the App Store. We’ll look at adding it back, in a few weeks, but we’re worried people will buy the old version by accident. In the meantime you can always go to the App Store app’s “Update” tab and get it from the “Purchased” list.

Is Tweetbot 2 dead?

Tweetbot 2 should be considered feature complete. We plan to provide bug fixes and support for as long as it’s practical.

Where is Tweetbot 3 for iPad?

Not done yet, we’ve spent the last 4 months focusing solely on iPhone. We’ll start looking at iPad soon but we have no time frame for when it’ll be completed, other than when it’s ready. Hopefully the wait for Tweetbot 3 for iPhone shows that we only release software when it’s done.

I’m not getting Notifications, what’s going on?

Make sure they are turned on, these settings do not migrate over from Tweetbot 2.

Where are drafts?

If you have any drafts they’ll show up on the bottom right corner when you first bring up the Compose window, before you type anything.

How do I toggle the mobilizer in Tweetbot 3?

Tap and hold on the Navigation/Title bar.

I can’t select a country in Trends.

Doh! Sorry, we’ll get it fixed.

Where is the Mavericks update of Tweetbot for Mac and am I going to have to pay for that?

We’re finishing it up and it’ll be a free upgrade. I do want to add that the new smooth scrolling support for Mavericks is awesome!

Tweetbot for Mac is Finally Here!

We are very happy to announce that Tweetbot for Mac is finally available for sale on the Mac App Store! It’s been a long (and bumpy) road, but we are glad we have finally made it to the 1.0 milestone. This is our first official Mac App from Tapbots (unless you want to count Pastebot Sync), and thanks to Todd Thomas for all his hard work, we have something to be proud of. But it doesn’t end here. We are working on version 1.1 and have much more coming to all versions of Tweetbot.

For now, learn more about Tweetbot for Mac and purchase it on the Mac App Store.

Why is Tweetbot for Mac $20?

If you think about it, it’s not that expensive. Twenty dollars for a quality piece of software that you use every day? That has been the price point for quality utility apps on the Mac for years. However, it’s not just the development time and attention we put into the app that commands the higher price.

Because of Twitter’s recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app’s limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.

This limit and our desire to continue to support the app once we sell out is why we’ve priced Tweetbot for Mac a little higher than we’d like. It’s the best thing we can do for the long term viability of the product. We know some will not be happy about Tweetbot for Mac’s pricing, but the bottom line is Twitter needs to provide us with more tokens for us to be able to sell at a lower the price. We spent a year developing this app and it’s the only way for us to be able to make our money back and continue supporting it with updates in the future. Feel free to let Twitter know how you feel about it.

If you’ve used the Alphas/Betas and have decided not to purchase, please do us a huge favor and Revoke access; that frees up extra tokens for potential customers (the betas will expire anyways). We truly appreciate your support whether you make the purchase or not. You guys have been a great help during the beta process.

Say Hello to Netbot

Today we’re releasing our newest bots into the world; Netbot for iPhone and Netbot for iPad. These are our clients for the social network. If you love Tweetbot and are on, you’ll want Netbot.

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Where did the Tweetbot for Mac Alpha go?

As some of you may have already noticed the download link for the Tweetbot for Mac alpha no longer works. Twitter’s latest API Changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with a solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.

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