Twitter launches Project Catalyst app for macOS

Ruben Fields
October 13, 2019

However, it still managed to join up, and can now be downloaded from Mac's App Store.

Apple recently released their new macOS Catalina software and it brings a wide range of new features to the Mac, these include Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts which have replaced iTunes.

The Catalyst Twitter for Mac app does have Dark mode, support for keyboard shortcuts, and full-screen support. Now in its second of three stages, an early version of Catalyst allowed Apple to develop several applications for iPad and Mac last year, while external developers received access to WWDC this year.

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For example, clicking on a video opens up another window. Earlier this summer, however, Twitter announced in a blog post that Catalyst, then just announced, makes it easier for the company to support both the iPad and Mac platforms at the same time. The company had killed the official Mac app back in 2018 after not updating it for a few months.

Twitter had been one of the more highly-anticipated Catalyst apps to arrive, not only because of how it was created, but also because Twitter had made a decision to kill off its Mac desktop client a year ago, telling desktop users to just use its website instead.

While Twitter's iPad app is nice enough, it's still designed for the iPad and not the Mac. "By supporting key Mac-specific behaviors on top of our iOS code, we will be able to maintain feature parity across our iOS and Mac apps with relatively low long term maintenance costs". Many apps are working, but with small issues. However, its timeline doesn't refresh in real-time - which has surfaced as one of users' common complaints about the new app. How's the experience so far?

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