Tyrs is a Twitter and Identi.ca client based on ncurses. This major release is the first one using the urwid library. It will improve greatly the user interface.
- Edit a tweet: Previous release had a poorly way to edit tweet, I knew it, and wasn’t especially proud of it and always wanted to do it again from scratch. With urwid, it was easier to manage it. So now, it’s more like an IRC input bar to write tweet. We can do what we usually want, such as go back with arrow keys.
- I had feedback as the unicode wasn’t perfect, editing a tweet with 2-bits long Chinese characters could sometime break the application. Fortunately, urwid has an excellent utf-8 support, so the overall management of unicode should be improve, and shouldn’t be an issue anymore.
- More generally, a better display with less bugs.
In many way the interaction with user is improve, and in many details. This release still in early stage of development of the urwid interface, this mean it’s usable, but some functionalities aren’t yet implements, and will be done soon. I always follow the release early, release often plan, and even everything isn’t ready yet, I believe the improvement worth a release.
Some stuff that need to be done in further releases:
- Configuration, lot of configuration was about the display, it will be the point of the next release.
- Better default shortcut, I’m not so happy about the default shortcut, I’ve started with some, and added while I was doing the implementation, but, I guess it could be remap in much better way, even if it customizable in the configuration file.
- Display without boxes, as I’m not a huge fan of line, I’ll probably do three default layout, coming soon.
- Few more functionalities such as lists, information about user…
If you are using Arch Linux, the installation through the AUR package is easy:
yaourt -S tyrs # Or the latest git revision yaourt -S tyrs-git
I hope you’ll enjoy it. As usually, any feedback is much appreciated.