Muffles vs Mutes

Mute Filters

Tweetings has supported a feature called timeline mute filters for a number of years now.  They used to be called timeline exclusion filters.

With mute filters you can pick a user, a keyword/phrase or even an entire app to block from showing on your timeline.

There are a number of powerful features allowing these mute filters to expire automatically and on Tweetings for iPhone you can even use regular expression filters.

When you add user mutes we also sync them to Twitter directly so that if you use the Twitter website you have the same user’s muted, and vice versa, if you mute on the Twitter website they will be muted in Tweetings.

The problem with mute filters is they totally remove those Tweets from your timeline. Enter muffling…

Muffles

Timeline muffles are a new feature for Tweetings for Android and iOS (at the time of writing this is awaiting review on iOS with Apple). Muffles at present only work on a user basis, not keywords but will still show the user on your timeline, just less prominently.

Tapping on the muffled Tweet will take you to the normal Tweet view as any other Tweet would.

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Supporting Twitter’s ‘Retweet with Comment’ feature

So the most asked question we’ve had over the last few days is “Are you going to support the new Twitter Retweet with Comment feature?”

The answer to this is: Yes

Now for those that don’t know, this feature extends the ability to retweet but add your own comments.

We already have a fully working version of both sending and viewing these Retweets with Comments on iPhone.  At the moment we’re waiting for the Apple Watch update for Tweetings to get approved before we can submit this feature to Apple for review.

We’ve also got Retweet with Comment sending working for Android and is currently going through beta testing.

Next on the list is supporting viewing Retweets with Comments on Android and then supporting iPad too.

For what sounds like a remarkably simple feature, actually requires quite a lot of detailed background changes to both how the timeline works and how we store Tweets.  The first Twitter client devs knew about this feature was the same time you knew about it too, so we don’t have any lead time to get these features implemented.

We will make viewing Retweets with Comments embedding of the quoted tweet OPTIONAL!

Update 9 April 2015: This is now supported on Tweetings for Android with full support on the timeline, Tweet view and posting.  This can be disabled from the Interface Settings screen.

Updating Tweetings for Mac

It’s been a while since we updated Tweetings for Mac, it’s a busy world to keep supporting Android, iOS, iPad and Mac that sometimes we have to prioritise the work on certain apps than others.

However we wanted to let you know that we haven’t forgotten about Tweetings for Mac.

There’s a lot of work still to do to get it up to speed with some of the changes we’ve made recently, such as multiple Twitter photos, Animated Gifs, Twitter Video and more.

There’s a long way to go yet until this will be delivered to the AppStore but here’s just a little teaser of where we are going with it, as we say still very much a work in progress and things will change from what you see below.

We won’t announce when it’ll be available other than…. when it’s ready, it’s ready.

Tweetings for Mac

Tweetings for iPhone new features

We’ve been hard at work adding, iterating and improving Tweetings for iPhone so here’s a quick summary of what’s coming soon in the next version

Timeline

 

Account name on the Home Timeline now shows your user profile image

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The new photo viewer has been improved. You can fling the image of the screen to close it

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Recent photos, videos, animated gifs and YouTube videos are now shown on the user profile

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The media timeline has been improved, as well as a new look and feel, supports multiple images attached to any Tweet, Twitter videos, animated gifs and YouTube videos.  Simply tap an image to view, tap and hold to go to the original Tweet the media came from.

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A brand new wizard when first loading or adding a new account to the app

We’ve also added pull to refresh on the internal Web browser too!

Tweetings for Android and Material Design

We are great believers in designing to the platform. This means we want to support and showcase the best the platform has to offer, whether that be Android, iPhone or iPad.  This is why Tweetings on Android will not look the same as Tweetings for iPhone.

Tweetings for Android will look like a native Android app and Tweetings for iPhone will look like a native iPhone app. Rarely, in our opinion, does making an app work identically between both platforms work well. They have different design paradigms.

Current State of Play

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Above is what Tweetings for Android currently looks like designed, unapologetically, with Holo in mind.

We offer card layouts, drawer navigation and if you so wish a floating action button to create a new Tweet.

Material Design

With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has moved on from Holo, which we’ve known since Android Honeycomb, to a new design language called Material Design. It’s concept

We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. This is material design.

It has the following goals

Create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science.

Develop a single underlying system that allows for a unified experience across platforms and device sizes. Mobile precepts are fundamental, but touch, voice, mouse, and keyboard are all first-class input methods.

Material Design and Tweetings

We have already started work on Tweetings for Android with Material Design and it’s currently in beta testing…. nearly complete!  What does this mean for you

  1. If you have a device with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed, your default theme will be Material Design
  2. If you use Lollipop you can still switch to the old Holo based themes, if you wish
  3. Unfortunately we cannot offer Material theme on devices older than Lollipop1

So when you get hold of the next version of Tweetings for Android, and you are using Lollipop, you’ll have the choice of three brand new themes to choose from. Material Light, Tweetings Material and Material Dark.

Here they are:

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#1 Technical Explanation: The base Android Material theme is called Theme.Material and is unfortunately only supplied with SDK version 21 and newer, otherwise known as Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Holo themes are called Theme.Holo and are supplied since Honeycomb. At present there would be a huge task to basically emulate the look and feel of Material without using the Theme.Material default library, especially where the transitions and animations are concerned, even if we could simply emulate the Actionbar look and feel. The support libraries also don’t help here where the core theme is concerned. This is something we may address at a later date.