Just a quick note and a shout out for Tweetdeck and the creator of Tweetdeck Iain Dodsworth. He took the time to respond to my inquiry in a very timely manner and offered helpful suggestions that got Tweetdeck running on Windows 7 Beta. I’m his newest and biggest fan. Thanks Iain!
What Happened? I just loaded Win7 yesterday and as I went through the process of reloading all of my productivity apps --- of which Tweetdeck plays a central role – I found some odd behavior in the way Tweetdeck loaded. Or rather once it was loaded and minimized it did not seem to want to come back onto the screen. After a little testing I found that the “hover over” option that works with other apps did not work with Tweetdeck.
For more information on Tweetdeck I recommend just trying it. Download it here Tweetdeck or click on the icon.
Look for the this icon on the website.
Clicking on it will load Adobe Air and Tweetdeck together. Very slick.
I’m pretty sure this is not a Tweetdeck issue. My guess is that this is an Adobe Air issue and the way it interoperates with Windows 7. Since Windows 7 is still in beta there are bound to be a few kinks. I’m not pointing the finger at Microsoft, Adobe or Tweetdeck. However, since I was unlikely to get an answer from the first two I thought I’d drop a note to Tweetdeck --- the Tweetdeck contact info is easily found on the website. I asked if they had seen any issues with Win 7 and if they knew of any workarounds. Almost right away I received an e-mail back from Iain with a few suggestions. I tried them and figured out that there are ways to get Tweetdeck working with Win7. Yeehaw!
A few tips for using Tweetdeck with Windows 7 Beta
- “Hover Over” does NOT work - On the main bar (I think the are calling it the Super Bar) you typically can hover the cursor over the icon to see the apps above (I know, I know --- this has been in Macs for years). This feature does now work on the Tweetdeck icon in Win7. Also, this does allow you to click to re-open Tweetdeck.
- Task Bar – On the right side of the screenshot is the Task Bar most Windows users are familiar with. Look for a Tweetdeck icon next to this or click on the up arrow and select the Tweetdeck icon and Voila you are in business.
Below is a Windows 7 Beta screenshot. It’s not pretty (sorry). In the middle of the screen between the Firefox logo and the MS Messenger logo is a circled icon in red – this is the Tweetdeck icon – Hover Over does NOT work. On the right is the usual Task Bar. The Task Bar is the way to re-open Tweetdeck.
That the “Hover Over” does not work yet is not a big deal to me. I’m sure subsequent releases will correct this. I’m just happy the Task Bar works and allows me to keep my using Tweetdeck.
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Thanks for listening. If you have tips to share please post a comment or drop me a line. Good Tweeting!
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