4 Adobe AIR Twitter clients for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
AIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime and it is a cross platform runtime environment that enables applications to be written once and then run on different operating systems. AIR is available for Linux, Windows and Apple Mac OS X, which means that you can run the same apps on all three systems. Here are four Twitter clients that enable you to keep up with the latest postings on Twitter, to post your own tweets, and follow your friends. Of course, you can always log on to the website with a web browser, but a Twitter client offers lots of benefits, like a clean and simple user interface, URL shortening, text compaction to squeeze more into those 140 characters, and photo sharing.
Installing these applications is straightforward and if you already have AIR then they'll install straight away, but if you don't have AIR then AIR will automatically be installed first.
Destroy Twitter is a strange name for a Twitter client and it sounds like something you would use to attack the service. Don't worrt though, it's just a simple app for keeping up with the news and tweeting. The default view is a single column showing the home page wth all the latest tweets. There are tabs to display replies, messages, groups, search, preferences, account and people. An option in the preferences enables a three-column display if you prefer to see more. An icon in the bottom right corner brings up the Tweet box where you can post a message. There's a URL shortener, tweetphoto (post photos) and tweetshrink (automatically shorten the text using abbreviations) functions. Rules can be created in the preferences, for example, to include or exclude users or keywords. There's are options to use several different URL shorteners, photo sharing and other services. The interface is OK, but if it's not to your liking, there are many alternative themes available.
Price: Free. Rating: 7/10
Twirl is actually owned by Seesmic, which also produces Seesmic Desktop below, but this is a completely different Twitter client. It has a very simple interface that displays your home page in a single column. This makes the application very compact and it easily fits into a corner on the screen out of the way. Even the input box can be hidden and all that is left is a row of icons along the bottom of the window. This clean, simple, and minimal design will suite some people, but others may prefer the TweetDeck type of display. The icons across the bottom display the home view, replise, directs, archive, favourites, friends/followers, lookup and search. You can't display multiple columns, but it's easy two switch views.
Price: Free. Rating: 7/10
Seesmic also owns Twirl, but here is Seesmic Desktop, which is does the same job, but in a different way. It's similar in that it is a Twitter client, but it has a completely different interface. It has a multi-column display like TweetDeck, but columns can be added or removed. There's a collapsable panel on the left that provides access to the columns too. You can display a single column and hide the panel for a compact display or expand the panel and show all the columns for a more detailed display. The home column can be fixed so it doesn't scroll and is always visible. In some ways the interface is good, but it also seems buggy too. The usual features are present and you can add a URL using shortening services, with a choice of several, you can add an image, and you can shrink the text.
Price: Free. Rating: 6/10
Unlike some of the other Twitter clients, TweetDeck defaults to a multi-column layout that fills the screen. It tries to show too much and it overloads you with information when you may prefer to have a small Twitter client running in the corner of the screen as you do other stuff on your computer. Fortunately, the number of columns is configurable. There's a close button at the top of each column and a plus icon in the toolbar that enables you to add the columns you want in the order you want them. You can even add searches as columns too. You can add too many and they disappear off the right, which means lots of scrolling to see them. You can drag weblinks to the tweet input box and they should be automatically be shortened, although this didn't happen in Linux. You can drag and drop photos though and TweetDeck offers to upload them to a popular Twitter photo sharing site. The configuration options are excellent and the different views that are possible make this a great Twitter client, and it works with Facebook and other social networking sites too. However, you may find it just too big.
Price: Free. Rating: 8/10