Chirp free download for Mac


25 January 2009

Read and post to multiple micro-blogging services from your Dashboard.


Chirp is a fun Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 that allows you to quickly and easily keep tabs on your microblogging, Web 2.0 life. With Chirp, you can quickly view your friends' latest updates, and post links, updates, or even send direct messages to your friends. Microblogging has been taking the world by storm - and now, Chirp brings the best of it to your Dashboard!

What's new in Chirp

Version '09:

New Features:

  • Added Jaiku integration.
  • New set of six nature-themed color schemes.
  • Added support for private/direct messages and @ Reply marking.
  • New caching features support live timestamping and an indicator showing the last successful connection.
  • Complete re-write of the core from scratch, using many of the methods and techniques found in Sam Stephenson's Prototype framework.
  • Chirp now uses JSON instead of XML to communicate with the server.

Bug Fixes and Improvements:

  • Added relative time support for months and years.
  • Added a check so that pasting into the text area wouldn't overflow the character counter.
  • Fixed a bug where searching wouldn't correctly search updates containing commas.
  • Fixed a posting bug which truncated posts containing non-ASCII characters.
  • Chirp no longer attempts to refresh the feed if the preferences are shown.
  • Added a new loading indicator.
  • Changed the wording of the errors to make them more informative.
  • Lowered the request timeout to 15 seconds (7.5 seconds for updating).
  • Added a feature to automatically disable the "Done" button unless a username and password are entered.
  • Removed the two-minute refresh interval; you can still refresh by showing and hiding the Dashboard.
  • The "Update" button now mentions the latest version available.
  • Plugged several more memory leaks. Note: Despite our fixes, Dashboard still has problems with memory leaks. This is a bug that Apple is working to correct.
  • Fixed a problem with an HTTP 304 error being occasionally reported.
  • Numerous bug fixes and other code improvements.

Known Issues:

  • Jaiku won't immediately refresh the stream after you post an update. This is a bug with the Jaiku API, as it won't push the updated stream right after the update is posted. Refreshing the stream by showing and hiding the Dashboard should show the update.

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How would you rate Chirp app?

4 Reviews of Chirp

03 August 2008
Version: 2.0

Most helpful

Is there any way to resize the widget? Text gets cut off at the right-hand edge. Other than that, great widget!
27 January 2009
Version: 09
Three limitations make this less useful than it could be... You've got to click a button to send your tweet. It would be more convenient if Return could send it. The widget window isn't resizable (Hmm, is this a limitation built into dashboard widgets?), so the display window that shows e.g. your friends' tweets can't grow. I wish I could, say, extend the widget's height to be the height of my display. Lastly, and maybe this is also due to the Mac dashboard, there's no system notifications (e.g. Growl). So I won't know that a friend said something interesting unless I happy to flip to my dashboard and happen to see it. It's a nice looking widget, and I really like how you can select the service, e.g., instead of being hardwired to use Twitter. I'm looking for micro-blogging client for my team to use at work, and this comes close to what I want us to use.
18 October 2008
Version: 5.0
this is a fantastic widget. I've been looking for something like this for a while and i love it! :) I have one problem though, like 'VITESSE7' says - it would be great to resize the widgets window. Otherwise, excellent - thank you :-)
12 October 2008
Version: 5.0
Bug Fix: If you have download Chirp v.5 before 10:30 AM MDT on Sunday, October, 12, 2008 (meaning the first 15 downloaders), your copy has a bug that doesn't allow you to post links to Pownce. This was a last-minute bug, so we have re-packaged the download file, as opposed to releasing a new version. If you find you can't post links to Pownce, please re-download the widget, and the problem should be fixed. Also, if you discover any other bugs in Chirp, please let us know so we can fix it ASAP! Thanks!
03 August 2008
Version: 2.0
Is there any way to resize the widget? Text gets cut off at the right-hand edge. Other than that, great widget!
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