Photo uploading and lots more now available

A new version of Yatca is now available. You can download it using the link over on the right. Here’s what it contains…

  • Photo support has been completely reworked. Yatca no longer attempts to integrate directly with the device camera. Instead it presents a gallery of all photos on your device from which you can choose one to be uploaded. There’s also a button to launch the built-in Camera application and any photos taken will be detected and added to the gallery when you close the Camera application and return to Yatca. N.B. When you open the photo gallery for the very first time it will be very slow. This is because it has to create thumbnails for all the photos. Painful I know but sadly unavoidable because RIM doesn’t share the inner workings of their ‘thumbs.dat’ file so Yatca has had to reinvent the wheel. Please remember too that when it comes to the reliability of uploads, Yatca is completely at the mercy of (a) your carrier and (b) TwitPic.
  • When reading a tweet you’ll notice that the ‘Retweet’ button has become the ‘Forward’ button. When you invoke it, you’re asked if you want to forward by retweet, SMS or email. Choosing SMS or email invokes the relevant application.
  • Also when reading a tweet you’ll notice that there’s now an indication of when the tweet was sent. I follow the modern convention of displaying a relative description (e.g. 15 minutes ago) for tweets in the recent past and a date for tweets older than one week.
  • Previously, Yatca did not correctly identify a reply from somebody you follow unless it was a reply to a specific tweet from you. So if a friend simply tweeted “@username blah blah blah” that was not filed as a reply but rather as an update, causing replies to be missed on occasion. This has now been fixed.
  • If a user has been offline for an extended period of time Yatca will now stop playing catch-up once it has downloaded the maxium number of tweets it can store, which is 1,000. Previously it would keep going way back to clear the backlog, which was pointless because the user would never actually get to see tweets beyond the 1,000 most recent.
  • The ‘Mark All Items Read’ command on the menu is now the ‘Mark All Yatca Items Read’ command. This is just to avoid confusion about what the consequence of running the command might be!
  • There is a new option to hide the display of the @user in the reply dialog. Please note that if you choose to do this Yatca will still prepend @user to the text of your tweet before sending.
  • An awful lot of the effort that went into this version was spent in what we programmers like to call “refactoring”. This is just a fancy way of saying that I replaced all the bad code written in a hurry with something that I could stand over. Although much of this work is invisible to the end user, it has resulted in a few significant performance improvements here and there. But perhaps more importantly, the refactoring should make it easier for me to add future enhancements to Yatca.

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18 Responses to “Photo uploading and lots more now available”

  1. Yatca - Yet Another Twitter Client App - Page 5 - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com Says:

    […] 1.3.6 is now available: Photo uploading and lots more now available Yatca OTA: http://bit.ly/yatca __________________ […]

  2. Trevor Long Says:

    Outstanding – Some great updates there…

    Well done.

  3. Lance Says:

    Is there any chance you would put back the photo integration into the next version? Maybe have it as an option ‘Enable Photo Integration’ so it can be turned on or off. I read some comments where it wasn’t working on some people’s devices but it worked amazingly well on my Bold and I really miss that feature.

    Its like 3 extra steps now to take the picture and get it uploaded where before I could just snap a photo and upload it.

    • Yatca Says:

      @Lance Yeah, it worked very well on my Bold too which made it all the more frustrating that it didn’t work for everyone! Unfortunately though I don’t have sufficient resources to try to support something that only half works (even when I posted “I know the camera doesn’t work on model blah” lots of people still reported it) so for now it won’t be coming back. Sorry.

  4. Lewis Says:

    @Yatca Thanks for providing the option to not display the @user in replies! Much cleaner now!

    The photo option for TwitPic is greatly improved.

    Well done!

    (have a good easter break as well)

  5. Lewis Says:

    Furthermore:

    the Forward option is BRILLIANT! Believe it, there are people still not on Twitter, so being able to send those few some good tweets from time to time without requiring an obscenely long copy & paste exercise is just too good!

  6. webchetan Says:

    Good updates. I would suggest if instead of scanning all the photos on the device, we could go by folders. Say suppose I have 4 folders on my device with different pictures as per the folder names. Now it would be much easier if I can browse a folder select that folder and then Yatca can do its thumbnail scanning, that way it would be less slow and it doesn’t have to scan all the pictures in all the folder. I hope you understand what I am trying to say here.

    Rest all is good. Fantastic job!

    • Yatca Says:

      @webchetan Thanks. I understand what you’re suggesting and will ultimately get to that level of functionality. I just wanted to get a basic image upload capability working quickly.

  7. Jeff Says:

    I like the program, and use it pretty much JUST so that I have notifications of @replies on my phone. Is there a way to remove the YATCA Update from being in every menu of the phone? i have a Storm 9530 and I always end up hitting send before I’ve finished typing an update.

  8. HC Says:

    Had a few problems with trying to upload a photo from my gallery. It worked for me one time and that was it. It could just be today with an issue with TwitPic or something. it kept timing out on me. Storm 9530 S/W 4.7.0.122

    • Yatca Says:

      @HC I’ve noticed that even with a good signal, some images always time out when you try to upload them and others always work. My (untested) theory is that it is somehow related to the image file size. I’m going to spend a bit of time this evening (if I can ever clear this comment backlog…) to try to identify a pattern.

    • Yatca Says:

      @HC My theory was correct! I noticed that any images which compressed down to less than 50 KB were fine but anything larger were not. It seems that this was also a problem for another popular BlackBerry Twitter client! So I’ve made a change so that Yatca compresses with a successively poorer quality level until the resulting image is less than 50 KB. This fix will be included in a service release.

  9. jeremykitching Says:

    Thanks for the update!

  10. misCHAKa Says:

    I actually love this program. But once I installed the update it didn’t work as well as it did before. I would receive the notification of new tweets but they wouldn’t show up in the message list. And I had to constantly do a battery pull or install it again. That happened too much and it frustrated me. So until there is a new update I’m going to have to permanently uninstall it.

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