One of the better Yuletide traditions is the venerable holiday Advent Calendar, in which each day of December leading up to Christmas is marked off on a special calendar by opening its corresponding door to find a small gift, toy or chocolate squirreled away inside.
This year, we here at Cult of Mac decided we wanted to give our readers their very own Apple-themed advent calendar, filled with the year’s best apps, gadgets, stories and other curios. So each day in December, we’re going to lovingly peel back the door on the Cult of Mac 2012 Advent Calendar to reveal another delicious morsel, something really special that came out this year that we think every one of you should enjoy.
So what’s behind the door on Friday the 7th? Tweetbot for Mac, the best (and most expensive) Twitter client on the Mac App Store!
I used to love Twitter’s official desktop client for Mac, despite my hatred for its iOS app. But then I bought a Retina MacBook Pro, and its high-resolution display made the app look awful. So I decided to find another Twitter client for Mac. I tried several, including Twitterrific, Echofon, and Osfoora — but I wasn’t entirely happy with any of them.
Then Tweetbot for Mac came along, and my search for the perfect desktop Twitter client was over. I’d been using Tweetbot on iOS for some time, so I know it would be good, and it certainly hasn’t let me down. It might be priced at $19.99 — more than other Twitter clients for Mac — but it’s worth every penny.
For those of you who already use Tweetbot on iPhone or iPad, you’ll already be familiar with its charm. Tweetbot looks fantastic, and it’s evident that its creators, Tapbots, put a lot of effort into making it beautiful. And unlike Twitter, its high-resolution visuals look great on Retina display.
Tweetbot’s also packed full of great features. There’s support for multiple accounts, and multiple timelines, windows, and columns. It has mute filters, allowing you to ignore users without actually unfollowing them, or blocking certain hashtags and keywords. You can also sync your timeline across your Mac and iOS devices using iCloud.
Tweetbot also integrates itself into Mountain Lion’s Notification Center, and supports a number of third-party services, including Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
But despite all those things, Tweetbot’s incredibly easy to use.
Its navigation pane lets you quickly switch between your timeline, mentions, direct messages, and more, while the compose button is easily accessible at the top of its main window. Clicking on tweets in your timeline will present you with buttons for replying, retweeting and favoriting, while double-clicking will allow you to see an entire conversation.
Tweetbot may be more expensive than the rest, but it’s also better than the rest. You won’t find a better Twitter client for your Mac. Period.