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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent

  • TumbleKit
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  • Last modified: Sep 7, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very pleasant and minimalistic interface. Incorporates essential Tumblr features. Connect to other offline readers.

CONS: Doesn’t display videos.

TumbleKit 1Tumblr is probably one of the most popular microblogging engines, with approximately 86.6 million blogs as of December, 2012. Ever since 2007, when it first opened for a public use, Tumblr gradually attracted users who are altogether now posting approximately 71 million posts per day. With such large user base, you would assume that this service is widely available on all platforms, but this is not the case. This is a web service, so you can use it regardless of platform, but there’s no official Tumblr desktop application for Mac OS X. This is why many 3rd party developers tried to offer their own solution, as well as to make some profit as well.

Tumblr is a microblogging solution, so it means that most users are communicating through photos, illustrations, animations, and video, which is usually followed by a small text. In order to give full Mac OS X friendly experience, true desktop Tumblr solution should incorporate minimalistic design, without limiting its functionality. Today we will be telling about such application, named TumbleKit.

Interface of TumbleKit is fairly simple and minimalistic, colored in monochrome which creates neutral background for featured content. It offers only three tabs – your dashboard, favorites, and followings. These three tabs are located next to Mac OS X’s buttons (close, minimize, maximize). And there’s also another tab, or a button, which is a “New post” button.

Workflow is fairly simple and you can pretty much flow through the content. It will be presented in similar manner like on Tumblr.com, which means you’ll get to see pictures, videos and text in one free flow column, as well as those three buttons at the end of each post, which will allow you to republish it on your own blog, to make it a favorite, or to bookmark it. TumbleKit also connects with applications for offline reading like Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability. This is a welcomed feature, which is not native to Tumblr.

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The only problem I’ve found at TumbleKit’s main window, which shows all posts, is that it isn’t able to show YouTube and Vimeo content. Instead, this application will take you to the webpage where you can play it, so I guess it isn’t such a big deal. Perhaps, just an inconvenience. Still, this is a paid application, so I really hope that developers will include this feature as well.

If you decide to post your own blog entry, you will get all native Tumblr features, which means you will be able to insert any picture, or a video, you can quote someone, post links, as well as to use postponed publishing feature. TumbleKit also allows you to send the post to Twitter. I should also highlight its markdown feature, which is becoming increasingly popular formatting style.

There aren’t a lot of quality Tumblr clients available right now, so I guess this could be a really successful niche for developers. TumbleKit is trying to get the most out of native Tumblr experience, and it mostly achieves that. You will find all essential features, as well as some surprising ones, so I believe that most Tumblr users would be happy with it.

TumbleKit could be purchased through Mac App Store for $6.99.


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