Posted by: kurtsh | July 17, 2009

INFO: Other Free Twitter clients designed for Windows Desktops (XP/Vista/7)

In fairness, I should post the other Twitter clients for Windows that I examined before sort of settling on Sobee bDule.  There’s quite a few out there that aren’t dependent on you installing Adobe Air, yet another framework that you’ll have to be concerned about patching.

MainScreen WPF Witty – A Windows client for Twitter (XP/Vista) leveraging WPF

Features:

  • View recent Twitter statuses from the people you follow (auto-refreshing)
  • View recent replies to you
  • View a specific user’s timeline
  • Update your twitter status
  • View and respond to Direct Messages
  • Links will open in the user’s default browser

Code Specific Features

COMMENTARY: 
This is a really nice, compact Windows WPF .NET client for Twitter that takes advantage of the Windows platform without being too heavy.  It fits in the Systray and is the original WPF client for Twitter.  Great tool by some of the original awesome .NET developers at Vertigo.  The Windows Team Blog commented about it here:
http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2007/12/26/twitter-with-friends-using-the-wpf-client-witty.aspx

DOWNLOAD: 
http://code.google.com/p/wittytwitter/

 

image Blu Twitter – A .NET 3.5 based Windows Twitter client for XP/Vista/7

Features:

  • Unlimited tweets
    With blu you can view unlimited tweets. Just keep scrolling and more tweets will be loaded and displayed automatically.
  • New tweets and inline replies
    Click the update icon from the bottom menu and a new text entry field will appear.

    Tweets can only be a fixed number of characters per message. blu displays how many characters you have left using large numbers behind your tweet so you know when you’re about to run out of space.

    And replying to a tweet couldn’t be easier: just click the reply icon and the tweet you’re replying to will flip, revealing a entry field. Direct messages and re-tweets work the same way.

  • See the full conversation
    Here’s another great feature in blu. You get a tweet, but it’s a reply to something you said earlier and you can’t quite remember what it was you said.

    Usually, there isn’t a good way to see the first part of your conversation, but with blu, simply click on the arrow before the username and voila! Your tweet will flip in-place revealing the first part of your conversation.

  • Tiny url integration
    That’s right. We’ve added tiny url support. Simply type or paste a link into the update bubble and blu will convert it for you. No extra buttons, no extra box.

    Want to expand your link? Just click the ‘plus’ icon and blu will roll-back to the full url.

COMMENTARY: 

This is just a frickin’ sexy client and really demonstrates what people can do when they put their mind to designing a nice WPF .NET 3.5 application.  I keep going back and forth between this and bDule.  I’m  not totally convinced that this isn’t the client for me given that Twitter is more important to me than Facebook.

DOWNLOAD:
http://www.thirteen23.com/experiences/desktop/blu/# (10.4MB)

 

image Twitteroo – A simple Windows .NET Twitter client

Features:

  • Update your Twitter status from your Desktop
  • URL shortening via rurl.org
  • Double-click a status to message that user directly
  • Twitter notifications
  • View your Friends timeline or the Public timeline
  • Clickable links from status messages
  • Refreshes automatically or manually
  • Set refresh time and notification transparency
  • Support for international characters in status messages
  • Browse to Twitter user page or personal websites
  • Customize Twitteroo font size
  • Set transparency for main Twitteroo window and notifications
  • Optional sound notification when new tweets arrive
  • Profile icon caching for faster Tweeting
  • Bite-sized cookies made from real Twitter
  • COMMENTARY:
    This is the classic .NET based Twitter client from 2 years ago.  Development on it seems to have halted in favor of some of the newer clients however it remains the single thinnest Twitter clients that are native to Windows at a mere 400k.

    DOWNLOAD:
    http://rareedge.com/twitteroo/

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