Tweaky: Super Secret Twitter for Mac preferences for everyone

Tweaky: click to download

Update 12 June, 2011: Version 1.3 released. Fixes the missing @ sign bug on original and /via slashtag quote tweet styles. Download now.

It's a little past 5AM and I've been working on this for quite a few hours so apologies in advance if this post sounds slightly groggy. Allow me to introduce you to, Tweaky for Mac…

Tweaky lets you use the Super Secret preferences in Twitter for Mac which are otherwise only available to people who purchased the earlier version (when it was called Tweetie for Mac) through the MacHeist nanoBundle.

These Super Secret preferences actually include a number of important usability enhancements and should really have been made available in the core app. Tweaky fixes that oversight.


Download Tweaky (version 1.3, for OS X 10.6+, 848KB, .dmg).


The settings

How it works

It's really not rocket science. The "Super Secret" preferences are just app preferences. You can easily set them using the defaults app in Terminal if you're not Terminal-phobic (e.g., defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ESCClosesComposeWindow 1). However, since many people are, and since these preferences really do make the app more usable, I thought it would benefit a lot of non-geeky folks to have an easy-to-use graphical interface.

That, and after two years of working on iOS apps, I wanted to make a Mac app :)

(And I'm pretty sure Loren and the other Twitter folk will make the features available to everyone soon enough anyway.)

More goodies

If you liked Tweaky, check out some of the other stuff I'm working on:

I've got a cute little iPhone app called Feathers for decorating your tweets with proper punctuation, symbols, emoticons, and different text styles.

If you want to learn how to make iPhone and iPad apps, check out the workshops I'm teaching in the UK with Geek Ninja Factory.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment here or to follow me on Twitter.

Hope you enjoy playing with Tweaky!


The cute little bird is from the Fluzzy Twitter Icon Set and the arrow I used in the background image of the disk image is by Sander Baumann.