Friday, January 6, 2012

Project Macaw Goes Public For webOS

Need proof that there are still awesome things happening in webOS? Then look no further than the newest entrant in the webOS Nation Homebrew Gallery: Project Macaw, a swanky new Twitter client for webOS smartphones and tablets based on the open source Phnx client. Buzz has been building about Macaw for some time now - enough that it was a nominee for best homebrew app in the webOS Nation Best of 2011 Awards. Macaw takes the old Phnx app, a beautiful and fully functional Twitter client in its own right, a step further into awesome territory.
Macaw works on both the TouchPad and webOS smartphones with the same IPK package, though it’s a Mojo app on both so you won’t have any of the fancy sliding panes that trademark Enyo. Both apps have taken a Carbon-style approach to life, arranging your Timeline, Mentions, Messages, Lists, and Search/Trends in a horizontal-swiping fashion. On a smartphone you get a distinctly divided feeling, with each stream taking up the whole screen, while TouchPad users of Macaw will see three independent panels at a time. It’s somewhat like Spaz HD in that respect, but presented in a much more attractive manner, as one would expect from the successor to Phnx.
Despite still be a work-in-progress, Project Macaw still strikes out a position as a fully functional and beautiful Twitter client poised to rock on both the Pre and TouchPad.

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