อิสริยะ ไพรีพ่ายฤทธิ์ / Isriya Paireepairit / mk / markpeak
I am a Thai tech geek and ICT policy researcher. Co-founder of Blognone and SIU.
This is my personal blog for almost everything.
Last year I wrote about my experience on various Twitter AIR clients (Twitter AIR Client Smack Down). In that time, AIR was still in beta and I got some crashes, freeze and errors. Now AIR 1.0 was out for a while and it's time to compare it again.
My criteria is simple. I look on Twitter Fan Wiki for the list of AIR clients. If any client provides no screenshot on its site, it will be failed at first sight. These developers should learn how to design a usable product site before developing any application.
All clients are tested on Mac OS X Leopard with MacBook Air.
These clients don't show screenshot on its own web site. I don't want to bother download and try them at all.
The rest are what I have tested.
Twibble has both desktop and mobile version. The version I'm interested is desktop.
Twibble eats 62MB after running for a period.
Spaz's icon sucks at heart. How can the developer think putting his own face in the icon is good idea?
Spaz consumes 55.18MB on my MacBook Air.
Tweetr was the winner for last time. Can it withstand the competition?
Tweetr uses 64MB of memory.
Twhirl is very promising Twitter client. It might be the most feature-rich client in the market.
58.6 MB in memory footprint.
Posty doesn't support Thai. Considered as unusable for me. FAILED
Actually, Alert Thingy is FriendFeed client. It added Twitter support in later version. Unfortunately, latest version (1.3) does not function in my system. It can run but doesn't show anything. Clicking on 'Show Alert Thingy' in the Dock menu shows the client but every buttons are disabled.
Twhirl is the best in term of feature while Tweetr is still the best in UI. Spaz is also ok but it will be far better if improved in looks & feels.
Anyway, 60 tweets/hr limit prevents me from these client. The speed is not enough for real time conversation. I still prefer IM over clients that utilize Twitter API. Next time I will post about my ideal Twitter client, an IM hybrid.