Echofon for Mac gets a new look, new features…

by Milind Alvares

Echofon for Mac gets a new look, new features…

by Milind Alvares on January 30, 2010

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[tweetmeme]While Loren Brichter continues to ignores the cries for Tweetie 2 for Mac, the rest of the market is slowly catching up in terms of user interface, and blowing it away in terms of features. Just today I came across a new version Echofon, which is totally different from the last time I reviewed it.

Echofon now sports a much more iconic user interface, revamping the look of the tab bar, making it much more pleasing to the eye. The tweets list remains the same flat white (with blue tints for unread tweets), but with this release Echofon has really taken its feature set to the next level. List support is built right into the tab bar at the top, making it a hugely useful feature. Search is also revamped, listing out trends and saved twitter searches. For reply chain conversations, you not only get to look back, but also forward. That is, if Echofon see’s that Tweet A has been replied to by Tweet B in the timeline, you can start viewing the conversation from Tweet A itself. And if there’s a Tweet C, that’ll show up in the conversation as well.

There’s almost nothing that Echofon doesn’t have. It’s got an image viewer pop-up, it’s got detailed viewing of profiles, including adding people to lists. Moreover if you hover over an avatar in your timeline, a little pop up shows vital stats like followers/following, etc. Multiple accounts support has been there since day 1. It’s got positive tweet filtering, so if there’s a keyword you need to pay attention to, Echofon can highlight it. Lastly, if you use Echofon Pro on the iPhone, your unread counts are synced over—I admit this isn’t as useful as it sounds. The only two things missing, are Magic Mouse momentum scrolling, and line-break support for tweets (without which it’s impossible to follow what certain people are saying).

The developers of Echofon are really an innovative bunch, and it shows. The way Echofon adds little blips in your scrollbar to signify mentions, or how multiple tweets from the same person don’t repeat the avatar. With this minimal client, they’ve packed in so many features, while not obscuring the main purpose behind a twitter client—enjoying twitter. With this release—I don’t know if it’s new but the site still shows the old screenshot—they’ve really revamped the user interface and brought in a feature set that makes it a serious contender for the top spot. They’ve even changed their icon to better suit the dock! I don’t think I can leave Tweetie just yet—its notification system and general slickness of user interface is still unmatched by any other. Echofon is still in beta at version 0.98, so check it out if you haven’t already.

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