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Watercooler

By InfinitApps

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Description

Watercooler is an App.net and Twitter social network client with a clean appearance. It dedicates extra space to post viewing by using list-based navigation instead of toolbar icons at the bottom of the screen.

IMPORTANT NOTE: App.net is a paid service, and in order to use it with Watercooler, you must first have an account which you can get from their website.

Features:
• Supports multiple App.net and Twitter accounts.
• Quickly switch between account timelines by tapping the header.
• View posts in which you are mentioned.
• View user profile for yourself or another user.
• See recent posts by yourself or another user.
• Follow and unfollow other users and see who follows whom.
• View conversations with a swipe.
• App.net and Twitter are color-coded so you always know which one you are viewing.
• Reply to posts.
• View mentioned users, hashtags, and links.
• Dim replies in timelines.
• Open links in posts in the embedded web view, which provides a full-screen landscape viewing mode.
• Share links to various services.
• Add web pages to a read-later service.
• Copy links to the clipboard or view them in Safari or Chrome.
• Filter loaded posts for text content.

App.net-specific features:
• View the App.net global stream
• Star and repost App.net posts.
• Cross-post your App.net posts to Twitter on a post-by-post basis.
• View your App.net timeline with or without replies to people you don't follow.
• Mute and unmute users you follow.

Twitter-specific features:
• Uses Twitter accounts set up in iOS settings app.
• Favorite and retweet Twitter tweets.

Read Later services supported for web pages:
• Instapaper
• Pocket
• Readability

Also supports sharing pages via:
• Pinboard
• Tumblr
• Facebook
• Email
• iMessage/text message
• Clipboard

Gestures and shortcuts:
• Tap-and-hold a post in the list to see quick actions (like reposting, viewing a link, seeing other posts with the same hashtag, etc.)
• Swipe a post (right-to-left) to see the conversation that post is a part of (or replies to it).
• Tap the post list title to quickly switch to the posts in another account.
• Swipe left-to-right on most screens to go back to the previous screen.

In order to help you make an informed decision, note that there are a few things Watercooler does not support at this point:
• No push notifications.
• No direct messages.
• No searching all posts for keywords.
• No support for Twitter lists.

Requires iOS 6 or later. Supports iPhone 5's 4-inch screen.

What's New in Version 1.1

New Features:
• Search Twitter and view your Saved Searches.
• Search App.net for users or hashtags.
• See all of your App.net mentions in your stream using a new option in settings.
• Swipe on the back button when deep in a set of nested (user/post/conversation) views to quickly get back to the topmost post list.
• Quickly switch between accounts by tapping the heading at the top of the screen (long-tap is now needed to present the list of other accounts).

Improvements:
• Style of post bubbles has been updated.
• Single-post view has been redone. Now it has fixed buttons along the bottom for star/favorite, repost/retweet, and reply, as well as an action button to copy a link to the post.
• VoiceOver support is better for icon buttons and the post's time.
• Select which of the sharing and read-later services show up when sharing a link from the browser.
• User lists can now be filtered (though only the loaded users are searched).
• Uses higher-res user icons for Twitter.

Fixes:
• Fixed crash on launch when your App.net password has been changed.
• Fixed potential crash when loading content to fill in a gap in the timeline.
• Fixed potential crash when receiving an error from App.net.
• Fixed crash when viewing certain user profiles on Twitter.
• When loading long user lists from App.net, will now show the entire list and won't show duplicates.
• A smart quote is now used when iOS autocompletes a word containing an apostrophe (smart quotes can be disabled or enabled using the tap menu in the compose text field).

iPhone Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

Excellent start - UPDATED December 4, 2012

Version 1.1 review update:
This version is a definite improvement over the previous )which isn't all that bad to begin with). Very nice UI updates to make things look better and feel better, a little easier to use.

The primary feature I'm now waiting for is ability to include picture attachments into posts using either a service (CloudApp for example) or, on ADN side the new Gli.ms service.

I'm still wanting an iPad version in a bad way. 4 Star rating holds firm.

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Original review is below - this is an update.
I've now had some serious playtime with this app and I've decided it's one of my absolutely favorite two app.net iOS clients. I won't cheat this developer by giving the name of the other, but if you're an app.net (ADN) user, you already know which it is and it's not the "robot" developer.

The timeline is clean and beautiful. I really like the whitespace and the option of a consolidated timeline, and more importantly the colors to indicate my own posts and mentions, which makes it easy to spot those when manually scrolling fast to catch-up.

There are a couple "hidden" interactive functions that are not obvious. If you're a finger-tapper I agree and my original concerns remain: too many taps to get to the stuff I want to see. However, swiping a post to the left instantly takes you to the discussion view. Kudos on the discussion view making it easy to see the post your are looking at and the actual post it is directly replying to.

Also: rather than tap on a post, press and hold and a very nice options menu appears for repost, reply, emailing, clicking links (including hashtags) and so on. If there were perhaps an intro tutorial (like many apps do) on first launch, many of the three or fewer star reviews would change their tune (or at least be more positive).

I really like the User Interface now that've become accustomed to it. I like it a lot. I've added a star to this review, but still lacking that fifth because the post view (full post) wastes a LOT of space in the box that displays the post. It's oversized but at least half. Which forces me to scroll down to see the quick-acces buttons like "conversation" or "reply", etc.

ONE QUESTION: When will there be an iPad version? I'm ready to buy that version right now.

Original review starts here and was three stars - I've since added a star and the concerns about requiring too many taps is not a concern any more - see above.
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It's great idea: both App.net and Twitter in one app. It's also a solid 1.0 release - stable, fast, feels nimble and lightweight.

Though it's incredibly simple and fast to switch between ADN and Twitter timelines, the rest is a little too-many taps to me: there are no indication (icons or other visual cues) of Twitter threads or ADN conversations, you have to tap on a post (to view the post on it's own screen) to be able to tap a weblink or view a conversation (hit or miss because their may or may not be one) and so on. Tip to developer - I see what you're doing with the clean UI and all, but it would be nice to repost/see a conversation without having to view the post singly first. It just feels like an unnecessary step.

In short: this is a GREAT app for reviewing both Twitter and ADN timelines because switching is as fast as a tap-tap. Interaction with feeds still needs work. But as I've said: for 1.0 inaugural release this app is solid. I have no doubt the rest of the features will come and usability will improve as the developer continues to refine it and add these things. If it were as mature and usable as the competing App.net clients, it would surely be 5 stars. I'm deducting 1 star for the lack of features (sure to come) and 1 star for the clunkiness of interaction (having to view a post "full screen" to interact at all with it, for example). As updates come out and features make their way into the app, I will continue to review and increase my rating as we go along.

Definitely a rock solid start.

Watercooler
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 3.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: InfinitApps
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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