TweetDeck’s Native Client For Windows, MAC And Web Requires No Adobe AIR
By on December 8th, 2011

Some good news for TweetDeck users.

Now you can permanently remove Adobe AIR from your system and still use TweetDeck on Windows and MAC computers. Twitter, after unveiling a completely re-designed interface has pushed major upgrades on TweetDeck’s arsenal. A native TweetDeck client for Windows and MAC is available for free download, while you can use TweetDeck’s web interface at web.tweetdeck.com

Tweetdeck’s web UI (which was earlier available as a Chrome extension) now has a permanent web address, so in case you want to catch up on updates from your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare accounts on a web browser, TweetDeck’s web UI is for you.

No need to install anything, simply sign in with your TweetDeck account and that will be all.

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The native desktop client of TweetDeck for Windows is a complete mirror copy of TweetDeck’s web interface, just see it to believe it:

tweetdeck-desktop-client-windows

The idea here is to provide an exactly same interface everywhere, whether you’re using the Adobe AIR application, the native desktop client or the web version of TweetDeck. However, the native client has a couple of shortcomings, which makes it less attractive that its Adobe Air counterpart:

  • No single column view is supported on the native TweetDeck client for Windows and MAC and neither the single column view is accessible from the web interface. You have to remove all the columns one by one and then resize the client window. Bad, real bad!
  • Very few settings and controls, no way to position notification windows and neither you can turn off the notification sound. Desktop alerts of mentions and direct messages might be distracting, if they arrive too frequently.desktop-notifications
  • No ability to choose advanced options for specific columns. All the columns get the same notification settings, so I will not be using Twitter lists on the web version of TweetDeck and overwhelm myself with a storm of updates every nanosecond.
  • Both the clients run well without Adobe AIR but memory consumption is fairly high in the Windows desktop client of TweetDeck. This just doesn’t make any sense, the Adobe AIR client consumes around 62 K while the Non Adobe Air one consumes 52 K of memory alone?tweetdeck-memory-consumption

Comparatively, the web UI of TweetDeck consumes a lot less memory

tweetdeck-web-ui-memory-consumption

Is This A Downgrade?

The new clients removed features which are useful, I use them every single day. On one hand Twitter is removing TweetDeck’s core features, while on the other; they have nothing new to offer in their so called desktop clientsand web user interface. TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter on May 2011 for $40 Billion and the Adobe AIR app has not been updated ever since.

Google Buzz has closed shop but the Adobe AIR app is crying for an update.

tweetdeck-adobe-air-app

Both apps hog down system memory like anything but at the end of the day, I will be sticking to the Adobe AIR app. Unless they kill it already.

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
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  • http://www.windowsobserver.com Richard Hay

    You can turn off the sounds on both the web and Windows version by clicking the settings icon at the top of each column – there are boxes that you can check/uncheck.

  • Taylor

    Agreed! The TweetDeck app is for power users, and the native app, which seems to be a badly coded port is just horrible.

    I am sticking with the AIR app too.

  • bob

    Twitter acquired Tweetdeck for 40 MILLION, not 40 billion. BIG DIFFERENCE

    • http://blausand.net blausand

      Also, your screenshot shows Tweetdeck’s memory consumption of 51MB, not 51kB.
      Comparison matters! Ressource balance between frameworks and applications is IMHO worth a big discussion since many years.
      I was expecting a lot more reasoning about software’s ressource usage, e.g. in Mozilla’s Add-on repositories.

  • Amein

    Hi Amit,

    Your article was very informative. I started using Tweetdeck on Windows xp . version tweetdeck_1_1.

    UNfortunately it has absolutely no settings to customize it any further. Am I doing something wrong? or have they withdrawn features?

  • Louis

    Why would Twitter pay millions of dollars to buy TweetDeck only to neuter it?

 
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