Wow. I dont talk about Windows applications often, probably because this is HuwbertForMacintosh, but this one I had to mention. Muscar tweeted about this amazing application - MetroTwit - yesterday saying it was the ‘Twitter client with best animations’. So, with me being a sucker for good looks in an app I felt I needed to check it out, so I cracked out my tacky old HP laptop and downloaded it.
Before we get into the details of the application I have to tell you: it’s looks are amazing. It screams Windows Phone 7 and has loads of slight little animations that make it beautiful to look at. The reason for this i’ve found is because it uses the Metro design language created by Microsoft themselves; what Windows Phone 7 was actually based on. MetroTwit though, appears to be one of the early adopters of the UI sadly, looking at it it really is amazing and if I’m honest it looks like it has real potential, if they expanded the Metro UI across the board with Windows software I would genuinely consider using a PC as a second machine, I’d of course have to stick to my Mac for the wealth of creative applications though.
I’m going to try something new and just run through all of the features from MetroTwit’s website and comment on them myself:
If you ever want to read more tweets, just scroll down and more will appear almost instantly. Be careful though, it’s addictive and you could be scrolling for hours.
This is lovely, its like browsing through posts on Tumblr, you don’t realize your on something like page 54 whilst still on the same browser page. It really does appear ‘almost instantly’ as well in comparison to Tweetie on the Mac where you have to wait half a minute for it to load older tweets.
URL shortening and previews
Take control of links with an intuitive URL shortener that automatically saves you space and time tweeting. At the same time, worry less about where obscure links might take you by simply hovering over it.
Autocomplete for usernames & hashtags
The people and topics you care about, at your fingertips. Simply start typing any part of a username or hashtag and we’ll find them for you.
This I liked as well, really useful, just tapped into my Following list, and snappily suggested users like if your tagging someone on Facebook.
Windows 7 taskbar integration
You don’t have to switch away from what you’re doing to keep tabs on new tweets. A counter in the taskbar will tell you exactly how many unread messages there are.
Can’t say anything about this as my old laptop is sadly stuck with Vista, that’s why I’ve installed Jolicloud on it!
Themes and accents
Choose between dark text on light background and vice versa plus a selection of color accents to personalize the design. Better yet, match the application with your Aero Glass color for a more consistent look.
This I liked! Like on Windows Phone 7 you can choose the clour sceme you can do the exact same with MetroTwit, I chose to stick with the blue and white but it’s really nice to know the option is there. Of course though I’m sure there are a lot of people that would be put off the Metro UI by this as in comparison to the graphite interface of the Mac Metro UI could be seen as pretty tacky. Both are beautiful but the Metro UI is a lot more childish, it just depends on your personal preference. The most noticeable benefit of this though is that you can re-colour each panel: tweets, replies and messages, making it a breeze to differentiate between them when they’re different colours.
Read excerpts from new tweet updates as they cycle through in the notifications. If you run out of time, hover over the notifications to stop the countdown to read even more.
The best incorporation of Twitter notifications I’ve ever seen, pop up in the corner of your screen like regular notifications but look amazing, even incorporate one of the slight features I talked about: from when it pops up the blue bar starts to get shorter and shorter until the pop-up disappears, it’s like a timer.
Resizable and reorderable columns
Not all columns must be created equal. You have the choice and flexibility to control exactly how your columns should look.
Not gotten to use this yet but I like the idea of it, MetroTwit really reminds me of TweetDeck, just more colourful of course. You also get the number of new tweets, replys or messages in that beautiful Segoe font type.
All in all MetroTwit is amazing, with it’s beautiful vivid UI and relatively full featured interface (e.g. Autocomplete for usernames & hashtags, URL shortening and previews)its undeniably the best Windows Twitter client out there, the best Twitter client out there, I’m not sure, but it’s in the top ten. If your forced to use a PC at times, as long as you use Twitter, this is the Twitter client for you, rest assured.
I’m not sure if i’ve given enough attention to MetroTwit in this feature, so i’ll try and do a full review of it that isn’t just me commenting on the features, it’s just i’m a little strapped for time at the moment - as always. I’ll try and push out a full review of MetroTwit by the end of next week.