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Monday, November 23, 2009

Quitter: Who says quitters never prosper?

Quitter is a "quiet little Twitter client".  It's extremely interesting, because you can read tweets, send tweets, and pretty much have the entire functionality of Twitter.....right in your command line. Yes, it's a command line program.

-Read all: Read an aggregate of  tweets from every user that you're following.
-Read groups: Read tweets only from users in a certain group. (Read on to find what a group is.)
-Read from user: You can scroll through the users you are subscribed to and pick one to read their tweets.
-Read mentioned: Read tweets where you are mentioned, ie, @Freewarewire.

-Read: Yesh.
-Send: You can also send a direct message to any user (even one you're not following). Just be sure you type the username correctly.

-Post a tweet: Self explanatory. Type in a tweet, and it will get posted to your profile.
-Reply: You can also reply to a tweet, or reply to a direct message.
-Retweet: You also have the ability to retweet someone else's tweet, but it's a little more difficult, since you just scroll through the tweets using the arrow keys
-Open link: If a tweet contains a link, you can choose to open it your web browser. But again, it requires the arrow keys, so it can be a bit difficult to find the tweet you're looking for.

Quite a bit of functionality, for such a "quiet" program. Plus, there's even more.

Color changing.
Unfortunately, you can't change the background color (within Quitter. However, I believe Quitter follows the Windows command line protocol, so you can make a batch file, but that gets a little complicated.) But you can change the text color, and the highlight color. What's highlighting? Glad you asked...

On top of being a "normal" Twitter client, Quitter also lets you sort incoming messages. Filtering allows you to block certain messages, and Highlighting highlights certain messages. You can use the following three types for either:
-hashtags (ex: #hashtag)
-usernames (ex: @username)
-word (ex: "shareware")
If you filter any of the above, they will not be shown in Twitter. If you Highlight them, they will be changed to the "Highlight color", making them stand out.

On top of everything else, you can also divide who you follow into groups. The reasoning? Because you can also get tweets from one specific group.

Number of tweets.
You can also change how many tweets are displayed on the screen. The default is 20 (which currently fills my screen from top to bottom) but the max is 200 (which would be massive!)

URL shortening service.
Quitter also lets you set what service you want to use when you post a tweet.

Over-post in red.
Twitter limits it to 140 characters per tweet, and Quitter knows that. When posting a tweet, anything beyond 140 characters will be in red text. You can still tweet it, but the red will get cut off.

Download updates.
Not only can Quitter check for updates every time it starts, it can also download the update straight to the Quitter folder. It won't install it for you, but all you have to do is open the ZIP file and extract the new version of Quitter over the old one.

Really, it's great little app, even for someone who doesn't use Twitter that much (ie, me). There are a few things you should know about it though.
1. Can't read own tweets (in version 1.2).
I'm not vain, I just wish this was an option. It really would be nice. Especially if you think you misspelled something or whatnot.
2. No need to Enter.
If you've ever used command line files, you know that you type something, then press "Enter", and it submits the data to the program. In Quitter, it submits the data as soon as you press a key, meaning you don't have to press "Enter" after. It's actually very nice because it lets you browse the menus much faster, but it does take some getting used to.
3. Needs .NET framework (2.0).
Yes, it does need the Microsoft .NET framework, so that makes me consider it not portable. Don't get me wrong, it can be put on a flash drive and taken anywhere, it just might not work on all computers.

One more thing that I need to add about  Quitter is that it's development has been abandoned, meaning the author has decided to move on to other programs. That doesn't mean that Quitter is not awesome or will not work, it just means that it's going to stay where it is.

If you don't mind the command line, it's a wonderful little app. It's only ~300kb in size, but it does require a hefty amount of RAM for what it does (15MB on my current machine). It is open source, and is promised to stay that way. If you like simplicity with functionality, Quitter is for you.

Visit Quitter (Disintegrator Software) website for download

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