Tapbot announced the immediate availability of Tweetbot for the Mac on Thursday. Now that the Twitter client is an official release instead of a public beta, it includes a a US$19.99 price tag that the developers said is necessary thanks to Twitter's token limits on third party developers.
Why the seemingly high price for a Twitter client application? The Tapbot team said:
Because of Twitter's recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app's limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.
Since the number of tokens available to developers is limited, the company is asking users that tried the alpha and beta version of Tweetbot that don't plan on using the official release to revoke their tokens so they'll be available to other users. Since Twitter doesn't have a system in place for automatically releasing unused tokens it's on users to do it themselves, otherwise those tokens are gone forever.
Tweetbot for the Mac
Tweetbot for the Mac includes support for multiple Twitter logins, displaying multiple timelines at the same time, Notification Center alerts, mute filters, and syncing timelines between the Mac, iPhone and iPad versions of the app via iCloud. It also includes support for services such as Instapaper, Pocket, Droplr, Readability, and CloudApp.
Tweetbot for the Mac is priced at US$19.99 and is available at Apple's Mac App Store.