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Talon for Twitter - A status update and notes about the future

A lot has been going on the last few days, so I just wanted to share with you guys the most important parts, and explain what has happened and what I have done for any of you still unaware.


Tokens
As many of you have seen, the app did in fact run out of user tokens. Tokens are twitter's way of limiting the number of users on a 3rd party app, they give each app 100,000 to distribute to its users. Those sure went fast in talon, which is something that I am pretty proud of, but of course a bit sad about as well.


Creating a Token Workaround
Some apps have let you input your own api keys into them, I will not be doing this with talon as it violates twitters terms of service.


How to download the version you already purchased
The original version has been unpublished from the play store. You can still see it though as long as you have already purchased it. Go to your purchased apps section of the store or find it from this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.twitter&hl=en


Logging In
With version 3.4.0, I have created a bit of a login workaround to trick the Twitter website into authenticating you if you already have a token. 

When logging in, you will more than likely be met with the "This application cannot authenticate any more users at this time, please try again later" message. There is a "sign in" button in the top right corner of the screen though. Click it and sign in. Twitter means for this to take you to their main web view of your timeline, but I force it to return to the authorize page for Talon instead.


What to expect for the future
Now for the future of the app. I did release a material redesign, only for Lollipop, onto the play store. You can find it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...witter_l&hl=en

This app is for lollipop only, and I do not think it will be coming to lower version. I don't want to limit myself by api constraints with this one, and since I have a token limit anyways, the longer i can prolong that, the better it will be for me, as the developer, and you all, as the user.

This new version also allows me to have major incentive to continue developing the old version. They will have very similar feature sets, with design as the key difference. I really don't want to hear anyone saying this app is dead already because that is simply not the truth and I would have never tell anyone such a lie.


Open Source
Since the token limit was reached, I have open sourced the classic version of talon. You can find it on my github here: https://github.com/klinker24/Talon-for-Twitter

This is something that I said I was going to do from the beginning and something that I am proud of. Open source is a major step for any project to take, let alone a project as big as talon. Some of the code it pretty good, some... not so much haha remember that I made this as a 19 year old kid with only one high school java class and month into a college java class... So don't judge the code to hard, it works well and, for now, that is what is important. I will probably go through and comment more of it in the future as well.

Check out the readme for what you have to do to get it to work, basically it is just getting your own api keys. I ask that you do not redistribute the builds you make for your own gain though. If you make one and would like to share it, great, that is exactly what it should be for. Do not charge for that build though. I have spent a hard year crafting this app and someone stealing it for a profit would not make me very happy.

Please note that although it is open source, I plan to continue updating the Play Store version as well.


Wrap Up
So, anyways, that is the future, contribute to it if you would like, otherwise, continue to enjoy what I have created. I might be sad about the token limit, but I am overjoyed about the response I have gotten to it and the support from my users.

Enjoy the app, I will just say that it still has a bright future in front of it.


Phew, these last few days have been a lot haha hopefully this clears things up a bit and I can get a second to relax and point people here now 😵
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+Luke Klinker​ favorite user timeline won't sync for me 
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Yury Stupakou

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Hello everyone! Tell me whether to run this application (Talon Plus)on Android version 4.4.4 or not? Thanx.
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Wow! It's fine! Thank you, +Luke Klinker​
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Chinedum SoJay

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Hi guys, is Talon Pull really heavy on battery from your experience? 
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It's out of control bad
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Joshua Ogwuegbu

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Would be nice if when view a person's photo gallery videos could be played. 
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You can open the tweet by long pressing the image. You will be able to play any videos from there.
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I can't seem to attach images from a file manager or third party gallery app like solid explorer or piktures as I used to. They seem to be missing in open from Android menu at bottom. Did the allowed file types change when attaching media? 
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Thanks for the quick response 
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Kwetsima Maluleke

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The dots look bigger than usual
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Panzer_Z

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Are notifications for when you get quoted by someone going to be added sometime?
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+Luke Klinker Ahh I was afraid it was going to be this situation. Thanks
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A couple of small bugs which have been getting on my nerves:

1) the toast button always shows one more mention than there actually is (see screenshots. Shows 4 new mentions, when there are actually 3). Only happens with mentions, activity is in order
2) direct messages multiply. Double, triple etc.

Can anything be done?

Otherwise a brilliant client that keeps getting better with each update. Special kudos for making the quoted tweets look normal and adding the ability to choose secondary color. Shame Talon Pull drains the battery on Lollipop
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In search, app close. not mistake.
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+Luke Klinker When you press this button search minimizes the application home screen.
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Steve Fournier

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I'm not sure what goes into split screen support but I'd like if talon would support Samsung multi screen capabilities. I suspect this might be something supported by Android M as early rumors have stated. 
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+Luke Klinker no problem, I was just curious about it. 
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Is there any way you can make it easier to see the embedded / quoted tweet easier to view when in dark/black theme mode?? What I mean is to distinguish it between the regular tweet and the quoted tweet. Thanks!! 
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Other apps use a slightly smaller font which could be helpful to distinguish the quoted tweet. Also rather than a raised card same color, a black flat style card would improve visibility. I think users mention this because it is difficult determining what is the embedded tweet. 
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About this community

This community is for discussing and beta testing Talon for Twitter. To join in on the beta testing fun, all you need to do is join this community, then click on the link below (which you may need to do from your computer) and opt into the beta. Then you can download any beta updates that I put up (just remember that there will not be betas available all the time, I do need to take breaks every once in a while). Beta link (Classic): http://goo.gl/UcLaSI Play Store Link (Classic): http://goo.gl/N8XcnZ Beta link (Plus): http://goo.gl/zOfDCg Play Store Link (Plus): http://goo.gl/NFvrYT Some community rules: 1) Everyone will be respectful and contribute towards bettering the app 2) Post in the correct section or I will remove the post 3) Stay on topic as best as possible 4) Search a little before requesting a feature that has been discussed or a bug that has been reported Hope you all enjoy what I’ve created here, I’m always open to suggestions as well (but that in no way means I will actually act on them unless I feel they will create a better experience for the majority of people). Enjoy! #keepsliding #talonfortwitter

jamie smith

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As I scroll down my homepage the picture rendering seems lagging. Anybody else?!! 
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You don't have to mention me again.. Sometimes I do have other things going on in my life to distract me from Google+ lol.

I do delay loading the pictures if they aren't in the fast access cache. It holds about 30mb. Makes things much smoother, which is worth it in my opinion.
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Chinedum SoJay

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Hi +Luke Klinker​. Is it wrong to have Official Twitter app active and also Talon Plus active?

Would Talon be able to notify me when I get a mention/DM? Or is it best I just logout of the Official Twitter App.

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Then do what this post is talking about and install the normal app too... Use it for push notifications.

Even a 5 min refresh rate is so much more efficient than streaming.
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Joel Lineberger

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Okay my first post here... Have noticed 2 things with this client.. First when going into airplane mode my lists are not visible.. Second i can add users to lists but not remove a user.. Anyone else seen this? 
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Luke, ty so much.. Saw that the other day just wondering if the behavior is normal. 
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When I click on a link in a tweet that points to another tweet, the link/tweet is opened twice. Once in a fullscreen-view and after that in the floating dialogue-esque window. Why is that? 
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A minor but annoying issue I have. The inline tweet quotes are not preloaded as efficiently as regular tweets so when i'm browsing my timeline I get the empty white boundary box (no biggie), however when those boxes do get populated as i'm going through the timeline they change sizes based on the tweet content and thus force my timeline to 'jump about' as a result to accommodate the size changes. It's pretty jarring :) 
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Sorry, this isn't going to change any time soon I don't think.
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I do not get notifications push from users who added me and new tweets of favorite users. what's the problem?
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Background refreshes
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Is there a way to change the text size on here? Doesn't follow the rest of the text in the app.

Still loving Talon 😎
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+Luke Klinker​ No problem, thanks anyways!
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No big deal but my note 4 in UK just got lollipop update. Anyway to get rid of that butt ugly white talon pull box on the notifications. Doesn't work aesthetically imo on lollipops new style. 
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They won't.. They improved other aspects of background services and sometimes that has adverse affects on features that are less common.
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Here's what I'm talking about. The quoted tweet looks like any other inline tweet if you're not paying attention to the timeline. The avi for the quoted tweet is indented slightly, but not much of a difference to identify it as a quoted tweet. Also, the outline blends in with the background. Just trying to help make it better. 
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Or lighter. 
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