Earlier last year, Twitter promised an imminent release of a completely revamped desktop App experience for Mac OS X users, featuring a bunch of cool new improvements such as support for GIF file uploads, a “dark mode,” and even new software icon aesthetics.
And recently, literally just hours before we were all gathering together to reign in the New Year, the company officially delivered on its promises by releasing Twitter 4.0.
Accordingly, the latest revision boasts an impressive list of software and user interface enhancements that help it blend in much better with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Additionally, it also includes many of the same features that were previously available only to mobile users, as well as deeper integration with the Notification Center in OS X.
A complete list of the new features and software enhancements is provided below, courtesy of the company itself:
What’s New in Version 4.0.0
“Twitter for Mac is getting the update you’ve been asking for. Now it looks and feels more like the Twitter you carry with you everyday. We’ve built in some of the most-requested features so your Twitter for Mac experience combines what you love about Twitter with the elegance you expect on a Mac. Here’s what we’ve added:
Inline video playback – You’ll see videos play directly in your feed.
GIFs support – See animations without leaving your timeline.
Group Direct Messages – Create and receive private notes with up to 50 people.
Mute – Silence specific accounts so you no longer see them in your feed.
Today Center Widget – Get your Twitter Highlights right on your desktop.
Dark Theme – Now you can see the world in black or white.
Updated design – Get the latest improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions.
Unfortunately, the new update still lacks certain features, such as full-screen mode and Split-View support, in addition to presenting Twitter polls. However, even still, version 4.0 is a considerable stride in the right direction, especially considering the previously existing limitations that made Twitter feel like an all-but-forgotten desktop client on OS X.
If you’re a previous Twitter of Mac user, you might recall how it took an unreasonably long time for the company to update its platform with support for Retina display optimization, and how, for quite some time thereafter, the app remained stagnant on the shelves of the App Store.
All that being said, feel free to go ahead and download the latest version directly from the Mac App Store.