Today’s release of Twitterrific 5.2 for macOS adds a host of important features and improvements including the ability to quickly search for a user (CMD-U), restoration of Searches and Lists between launches, improved syncing of your reading position, and much more. It also contains a fun experiment in the form of automatic Twitter poll detection. Back in October of 2015, Twitter launched the ability to create polls on their service as a way for users to survey their followers on a topic of their own creation. Unfortunately Twitter didn’t release an API for third party developers like us to be able to support them inside apps like Twitterrific.
Over the years we’ve had hundreds of users ask when we’ll support Twitter polls and our answer has always been that we can’t do so until Twitter decides to invite us (and other third party developers) to the poll party. Today however, we’re trying something new with our latest macOS update. Twitterrific now attempts to automatically detect when a tweet contains a poll and displays a new status button at the bottom of the tweet for it. Clicking this button opens the poll in a mini-browser which you can use to quickly vote in the poll, all within Twitterrific. As with any of the app’s popover windows, you can even detach it from the main timeline to keep tabs on the results!
So the question you’re probably asking is if there’s no API for polls how is this possible? Since there’s no official support, Twitterrific’s poll detection isn’t perfect. The app looks for specific markers that give clues it might be a poll, such as hashtags like #poll, as well as the graph and ballot box emoji. It also cleverly looks for specifically structured questions and if any of these factors are positive, the poll status button is displayed. So the next time you create a poll (something you still can only do via official Twitter channels) be sure to tag your tweet with #poll to help let other Twitterrific users know they can take part.
We’re looking forward to the feedback for this new feature and hope to eventually bring it to the iOS client if it’s received well. Be sure to check out the complete list of what’s new in Twitterrific 5.2 for macOS including automatic poll detection and then download the update from the App Store. Enjoy!
Apple’s recent iPad Pro updates have hit stores and critics are raving about their power, speed and amazing displays. If you spend long stretches sketching on your iPad, you’ll really appreciate the new 120Hz refresh rate, Wide Color and the increased screen sizes.
All this means drawing in apps like our very own simple sketcher, Linea, is even more of a joy than before. Today we’ve released an update to Linea that accounts for the new resolution of the new 10.5″ iPad Pro, improves tilt shading of the technical pencil, and more.
If you’ve always wanted to give Linea a try before buying, now you can! We’re pleased to announce a demo version of Linea is now available at retail outlets that feature Apple hardware like Target and Best Buy. Simply walk in, grab an Apple Pencil and a new demo iPad Pro and check out just how easy it is to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in Linea. Linea is available via the App Store, but first be sure to visit the Linea website to learn more.
We’re pleased to announce that Linea, our elegant digital sketchbook, has been updated to version 1.1 and offers a range of new features including support for Apple’s iCloud.
After launching the new version, Linea presents you with the option of enabling iCloud for your drawings. When enabled, sketches and projects become available across all of your devices. New and updated files are synced automatically and you can use iCloud Drive to copy, backup, and inspect your creations. Linea’s new iCloud support means your work is always up-to-date and where you need it.
But that’s not all: the update also brings an improved Canvas Compass, a new quick-pinch gesture to reset the canvas to its default position, and more isometric grid choices. You’ll also appreciate better palm rejection and smoother gesture handling.
Introducing Linea Link
Since your artwork’s final destination is often the desktop, today we’re also announcing the release of Linea Link. This new app is the easiest way to get sketches drawn on your iPad onto your Mac. Using iCloud sync, your work is instantly available for use in your favorite macOS applications.
Start a new Photoshop document using Linea’s layers. Reference a quick design idea while working in Xcode. Transcribe meeting notes into a Pages document. Or just tap the spacebar to preview Linea documents using Quick Look. Linea on iOS works great to get an idea started, and Linea Link on macOS lets you take the next step toward making it a reality.
Linea Link supports the following third-party image editors:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Affinity Designer & Photo
No matter which apps you use in your workflow, Linea Link makes the journey from a rough sketch to final artwork quicker and easier than ever.
We encourage you to explore the new features in version 1.1 or download Linea for iOS. Then be sure to head over to the Mac App Store to download the new Linea Link for macOS. You’ll quickly see how this power duo makes sketching even more fun and effortless. Enjoy!
Twitter has updated their ever-expanding suite of custom emoji called Twemoji to include new entries that we helped create for social network’s website. This round of emoji were particularly fun to design since many of new items are centered around mythical beings such as wizards, elves and even zombies.
Other examples of the new Unicode 10 emoji include foods like the dumpling and pretzel, new animals like the zebra and hedgehog and new smilies like the exploding head and face vomiting. Twitter is among the first to publicly support these new emoji for its users.
The Iconfactory is pleased to be called upon to help Twitter bring these new additions to their social networking service. We’re also grateful to have the opportunity help craft the visual evolution of emoji in use around the world. We hope you enjoy exploring what’s new over at Emojipedia. You can also download the entire Twemoji suite via GitHub where all of Twitter’s emoji are available via an open source project or explore our previous Twitter emoji work over on our portfolio. Have fun emoji’ing!
Our own Ged Maheux was a guest on the iAccessVO podcast recently to discuss accessibility in Twitterrific and the upcoming Project Phoenix for the Mac. Hosts Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher’s podcast is a great resource for the blind and those with vision loss that answers questions about how to use VoiceOver on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. In episode 39 of iAccess, Ged talked about the current state of VoiceOver support in Twitterrific for iOS and our plans for accessibility support in the reboot of Twitterrific for Mac codenamed Phoenix. The Twitterrific section of the broadcast starts around the 24 minute mark, be sure to check it out!