When your the type of blogger that feels like posting anything and everything that has already been said or shared, you tend to get selective in what takes your time up at the end of the evening. Don’t get me wrong, there’s never enough time in the day, but there’s always time for a Blaq update.
With that being said, we’re proud to mention Kisai Labs victorious Twitter client Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook dropped earlier this morning with a bevy of user requested features enabled, finely tuned bug fixes and more shiny-sexy-paint over the top.
New in Blaq for BlackBerry PlayBook v1.7
° Portrait Mode ° Auto-correct and spell check ° LED notifications ° New Tweets – White ° Mentions – Blue ° DMs – Green ° Followers: Yellow ° TweetMarker support – Never lose your spot again! TweetMarker bookmarks your position in any client supporting it (must be enabled in Advanced Options > Services) ° Toggle Real-time streaming – This has been a HUGE request. Granted. Tap the real-time indicator to toggle. ° Favorited tweets – Swipe from the top bezel then tap the star ° Dedicated help section to make it easier to learn the ins and outs ° Saved Searches – Easily tap the star in your search field to add a new saved search. Tap a saved search then untap the star to remove it. It’s that simple!
° Show Link Barcode does not display barcode ° No confirmation when unfollowing, blocking or reporting a user ° No way to return to conversation after viewing user’s profile (in reply to…) ° Slow performance retrieving home timeline ° Tapping gear on tweet card always shows menu instead of toggling ° Direct message links are not clickable ° Cannot send tilde (~) character in a tweet ° Only Klout scores (actual number) are tappable and not logo ° Font size and family are not updated after options are closed ° Profile links not clickable ° Cannot put a mention before editable RT ° Delete Tweet deletes a tweet but does not remove it from timeline ° Swiping down on search and list view lists peeks the tweet compose ° Fonts sometimes not updating when appearance is changed ° When moving up and down the list of Followers, Following, Tweets, the card pulls down exposes the tweet composer ° Cosmetic improvements ° Embedded links (Foursquare) sticking if dismissed too fast ° Keyboard does not appear when replying ° Keyboard disappears after adding an @mention from the friend picker
Seriously what more does one say after those lists of features and bug fixes? I think I’ll actually write about some experiences I’ve had with people who didn’t have great things to say about Blaq for the PlayBook.
The first time I heard someone say they didn’t care for Blaq I was at DevCon 2011. A good friend I met up with down there had started off on a ramble about why they didn’t care for Blaq. So before trying to tell them I thought they were bat ____ crazy. I decided to listen. As grueling as it was to hear negative things about this product I tried to keep my mind open-mouth-shut, while hearing them out.
What were their complaints? The first complaint was actually 3. Not having the ability to view a friends Tweets, Followers or Friends. My response was, well I showed this friend exactly where and how to see all those things in the current version of Blaq. We laughed.
- To find these features simply select a friend or user in your timeline to launch their TweetCard. On the card you’ll see their Followers, Following and Tweets above Unfollow, Block & Report. Touch Followers to see well Followers, Following to see their Friends and Tweets.. you get me so far?
The next complaint was not being able to turn off the Real-Time timeline. At the time I wasn’t exactly sure how to do this, or if it was even possible. J. Carty let me know how to do this and has now made it a lot easier. To turn off the Real-Time simply touch the area on the main screen that says “Real-Time”. On will show a Green light, Off will turn the light off.
And that was it. That was the first real complaints I had ever heard. And they were just a lack of discovery really. Actually I found it cool that Kisai Labs went ahead and listed all the most popular and some unknown tricks like those that my friend has asked about above. They’ve listed all these features and the ‘Quick-tips’ here - http://www.kisailabs.com/2012/02/23/blaq-for-blackberry-playbook-1-7-now-available/
As for the price, $1.99 for this caliber app is ridiculously low. I’ve never seen so many feature requests turned out in any product before. As a matter of fact let’s enjoy this for a bit and let J & R get some much needed rest from all the rants. Job very well done! Who needs a “native Twitter” when you have Blaq!