After Twitter determined to unceremoniously ban all third-party apps, a developer who was on the receiving finish of this determination has taken what it realized from its personal Twitter app, and created a devoted shopper for Mastodon on iPhone and iPad known as Ivory.
Developed by Tapbots, consisting of Paul Haddad (opens in new tab) and Mark Jadine (opens in new tab), Ivory seems harking back to Tweetbot, its earlier third-party app for Twitter, however seems and feels far more polished than different makes an attempt at Mastodon apps we have seen in latest months.
It is obtainable for $1.99 / £1.99 / AU$2.39 (opens in new tab) as a month-to-month subscription, or $19.99 / £14.99 / AU$21.99 for a 12 months, however you’ll be able to join a 7-day trial to see what you assume.
Apps reminiscent of Mammoth, and Mastodon’s personal app, have been tremendous, however Tapbots has its personal fashion, which has been carried throughout all of its apps, reminiscent of Calcbot and Pastebot, and it is because of this that Ivory has grow to be my default Mastodon app (opens in new tab) for the foreseeable.
Tweetbot died so Ivory may reside
If you happen to’ve used Tweetbot earlier than, Ivory will really feel very acquainted to you; however even when you have not, it is laid out like a Twitter app, so somebody coming to Mastodon as a brand new person will really feel at house. You have obtained a bar for notifications, mentions, search and your profile, however you’ll be able to customise three of those in order for you simpler entry for filters, favourite toots and extra.
There are lots extra methods to make Ivory your individual, reminiscent of by altering themes and coloration types, alongside many alternative icons, together with one which honors Tweetbot. You may make the app your individual with all of those choices, which ought to attraction to somebody shifting over from Twitter to Mastodon.
There are additionally loads of widgets that you may place in your iPhone and iPad house screens, so you’ll be able to show your newest followers, photos out of your timeline, statistics and far more. Each one in all these widgets is effectively applied, they usually make a powerful case that they need to seem on macOS quickly.
There’s additionally a wise ‘Open in Ivory’ extension in Safari for when somebody sends you a hyperlink to Mastodon over iMessage or WhatsApp for instance, so Ivory will have the ability to open the toot inside Mastodon, saving you the difficulty.
For a model 1.0 launch, there’s lots to get pleasure from right here in the event you’re on Mastodon, but it surely’s not a shock. Tapbots has taken what it realized from Tweetbot and carried that into Ivory, and it exhibits. It feels as if Ivory has set a normal for different third-party apps to aspire to, and proven the way in which ahead for builders – that’s, by specializing in their very own fashion, relatively than attempting to adapt to Mastodon as they go.
It is a formidable launch that is already on my iPhone and iPad – and I might like to see a macOS model subsequent.
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