New TweetDeck Clients Are Native But Basic

Windows/Mac: A brand new version of TweetDeck is out that ditches Adobe AIR and brings its customisable columns to native Windows and Mac apps, but it’s a bit more basic than the old version.

Twitter is going through a major interface change, but TweetDeck users may not have realised that our favourite Twitter client is doing the same, presumably to keep up with Twitter’s overhaul, since Twitter now owns TweetDeck. TweetDeck released this update pretty silently — no word on their blog, and your current copy of TweetDeck won’t notify you of the update because it’s an entirely new application. As such, we didn’t even realise it happened for a few days — but you can head to right now to download the new client.

The new client fixes a lot of the weird behaviour caused by AIR in the old client. Everything feels a bit smoother, especially the scrolling. However, it’s also missing a lot of the features that made the AIR client great, like keyboard shortcuts, colour palette customisations, and lots of the other little settings that let you customise how you view Twitter. Hopefully these will come back soon, but TweetDeck has stayed pretty quiet about the entire rollout.

Luckily, a lot of the things that make TweetDeck great — like a customisable column interface — are still there, and you can download the new client and try it out without uninstalling the AIR version you already have, since they’re two completely separate programs. Hit the link below, give the new client a whirl, and let us know what you think in the comments.

TweetDeck is a free download for Windows and Mac OS X.


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