Top of the list in the new release is support for shortcuts (aka hotkeys). Woo hoo! People have been asking for this since version 1.0.1 and now that I’ve been using it on my own phone for a few days I’m really enjoying the productivity gains. The shortcuts are mostly in the reading panel where conventions established by the Messages app have been followed:
- ‘u’ – next unread tweet (stops when you’re up to date).
- ‘n’ – next tweet.
- ‘p’ – previous tweet.
- ‘r’ – reply.
- ‘f’ – forward.
- ‘del’ – delete.
Shortcuts are also active in the simple yes/no dialogs, enabling you to press ‘y’ for yes and ‘n’ for no.
Another major new feature in this release is support for mentions. A mention is a relatively new Twitter concept. It extends and supercedes the previous notion of replies to include tweets from any user in which your username appears anywhere in the text of the tweet. N.B. This feature is disabled by default and there are two reasons for this. The first is that users who receive a large number of mentions would quickly find their message list swamped if mention checking was enabled by default. Secondly, mention checking requires an additional request to the Twitter servers on each polling cycle. This increases the amount of data transferred by Yatca and also eats your battery life. If you want to enable mention checking simply go to the Yatca Options screen and change the ‘Check for mentions of you’ setting from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’.
Storm users have long complained that the idiosyncrasies of typing on a touchscreen mean that they often accidentally send a tweet before they have finished composing it. So just for them Yatca can now be configured to ask for confirmation before sending a tweet. Just go into the Yatca Options screen and change the ‘Confirm before sending’ setting from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’.
Twitter continues to grow at a mind-blowing rate (the North American user base doubled last month!) and although the engineers at Twitter are doing a fine job we’ve all seen the famous ‘fail whale’ from time to time. The fail whale means that the Twitter servers are too busy and this manifests in Yatca as an occasional cryptic message when trying to refresh the timeline or send a tweet. Yatca now handles the fail whale much better and will automatically retry any operation that fails due to the Twitter servers being too busy.
Finally, I’ve fixed a problem that prevented photo upload when the SD card was missing or disabled (or indeed not pushed in properly…ahem!). In this situation the photo gallery will now only offer whatever images are found on the built-in device memory.