Pushing ice

Sometimes an app icon gives an app that final push to the top.

Yesterday, a post by John Gruber made me aware of Ice cubes, another very nice creation in the world of Mastodon clients for Apple's platforms. Gruber wrote about it because it had encountered an outrageous line of rejections trying to get the first version through Apple's app review and onto the app store. I grabbed the beta through Testflight right away, but the app got accepted and released to the store just this morning, a move which surely had nothing at all to do with Gruber pointing out the outrageousness of the rejections.

(I would have loved to be a fly on the wall through the whole chain of communication when the article got disocvered, discussed, and the app accepted. Did someone get a stern lecture at any point?)

There are several solid Mastodon apps now. I have mainly stuck with Toot!, but Ice cubes has two big points in its favour, apart from plain looking good and working well:

The two points together means that I have spent today with a social media app in my dock and app switcher again for the first time in quite a while. I have not used an app for Twitter in a long while because I always felt I should use Twitter less, and I had not found a Mastodon app I really liked on the Mac before now. For something I enjoy using, I definitely prefer having a separate app rather than a tab in my browser as long as the app is reasonably nice. Ice cubes is easily nice enough, but there definitely is also a downside. The downside is always seeing The Social as an option whenever you switch between apps, whether via the dock or the command-tab switcher.

I do not know if it is better or worse that the app represents something I really enjoy using, rather than something I should keep away from.

Look at that icon, so nice too …

I think it would be better for me if I could tuck Ice cubes away in the menu bar or something.

Since the app is open source, I guess I could actually contribute that if nobody beats me to it …

Ice cubes is completely free, but has three in-app purchaces which simply express gratitude to the developer. Nothing to unlock, no limits, no nags. I puchased one right away, and I encourage you to do the same.