Twitter has returned to the Mac with the debut of a brand new Catalyst-powered app for macOS Catalina, launched on Thursday. The firm in June had been amongst the first to announce its plans to take benefit Mac Catalyst — Apple’s new toolset for bringing iPad apps to the Mac desktop — following Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the place Catalyst had been formally launched.

The concept with Catalyst is to make it simpler for iOS builders to create software program for the Mac ecosystem, by permitting them to leverage their present iOS venture and supply code, then layer on native Mac options and convert contact controls to the keyboard and mouse.

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Twitter had been certainly one of the extra extremely anticipated Catalyst apps to arrive, not solely due to the way it was created, but in addition as a result of Twitter had determined to kill off its Mac desktop consumer final 12 months, telling desktop customers to simply use its web site as a substitute.

That left customers who most well-liked a local Mac expertise to flip to third-party apps like TweetDeck, Twitterific 5 or Tweetbot 3. The former is designed extra for many who work in social media or are heavy shoppers or energy customers. The latter two, whereas nice options to an official consumer, are paid purposes with much more bells and whistles than some require.

Twitter’s new Catalyst app is free and gives a constant expertise with the remainder of the Twitter platform apps. The interface is acquainted thanks to the code base sharing, and there’s even a darkish mode choice out there. However, its timeline doesn’t refresh in actual time — which has surfaced as certainly one of customers’ widespread complaints about the new app.

Others identified that the full-screen expertise is missing and that the double toolbar appeared like a poor match. Plus, there are different odd variations between the desktop consumer and internet app, some famous.

That stated, the basic sentiment is one the place persons are glad to have an official app back on the desktop. And it’s potential a few of the different complaints might be addressed in time. Or so we hope.

The app solely works on macOS Catalina, which not everybody has put in simply but. It’s a free obtain from the Mac App Store right here. 

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