Tweetbot for Mac officially hits the Mac App Store today, and thanks to Tweetbot for iOS developer Paul Haddad simultaneously ducking behind him, and throwing him in front of the camera, I had a chance to chat with Tweetbot for Mac developer Todd Thomas about the newest Tapbots creation, and their first for OS X.
We covered everything from the impetuous for Tweetbot for Mac, to the development process, to the price point and the realities of living -- and selling -- in a post-restricted user token world.
To round things out, and get a little more clarity on the design side, I also had a chance to catch up with Tapbots' Mark Jardine over old-school text.
On the Tweetbot -- and Tapbots in general -- aesthetic, which has been iOS only until now, and what it was like translating that to the Mac:
On the gesture shortcuts in iOS and moving those over to the Mac:
If you haven't already, be sure to check out our full Tweetbot for Mac review, and if you like what you see, grab the app via the link below.
- $19.99 - Download now (opens in new tab)
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$20 is awfully steep. I love the app on my iPhone and iPad, but is the Mac version really worth $20 when compared to TweetDeck?
I agree, $20 prices me right out of the game. I happily paid for both the iPhone and iPad versions but no way I can justify paying that much for the Mac version.
Twitter has limited their customer base. There's only a finite number of people they can sell to, and then they get cut off. It makes sense to charge a higher price given that Twitter has artificially limited the amount of copies you can sell. If I can only sell 500,000 copies of my software EVER, then I'm going to charge a higher price than if I can sell an unlimited number of copies of my software. TweetDeck is operated by Twitter Inc. and is not subject to these limits. (Plus many would argue that if you actually like the aesthetic of TweetDeck, then you most likely will not appreciate's Tweetbot's aesthetic and vice-versa.)
agreed.....they want to make as much money as possible...but from my side..spending $20 for a twitter client, however good that may be , is not a great idea. Of course, people who like it and have money are gonna buy it anyways...not me.NOPE.
I'm actually glad they're pricing this App as high as they think they can get away with - it's priced me out of the running even though I loved using the Beta - but in doing so I definitely have more respect for the company as a whole and the long-term dedication they put in all their apps. I suspect the price will come down naturally over time, and maybe Twitter will do the right thing and simply try to monetize Access Tokens in place of less-ad revenue rather than simply denying developers & users additional tokens.
I love Tweetbot, it's the best Twitter client out there, that's why I was so disappointed with the pricing, it's just too much and I can't spend $20 on a Twitter client.
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