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Updated 11:15 PT: Tweetie 1.2.7 appears to have contained a significant bug for some users, so Atebits has now rolled out Twitter 1.2.8, available via the Check for Updates command.

Software maker Atebits has released a new version of Tweetie, its popular Twitter client for OS X—the first release since the company was bought by the social media network last April.

The main feature introduced by Tweetie 1.2.7 is support for Twitter’s new authentication schemes—if you are upgrading from a previous version, the app updates your credentials when you restart it. The process is, however, mostly transparent to the user, as Tweetie uses the social network’s Xauth authentication scheme, which does not require interacting with a browser to give an application access to a user’s account.

Notably, the app, which Twitter has pledged to make available for free, no longer requests users to purchase and register their copy, although the company’s site has not yet been updated to reflect this fact (attempts to purchase a license, however, result in a “product unavailable” error).

Tweetie’s new release also introduces a number of small additional features. For one thing, according to the release notes, the app will stop displaying ads to non-registered users as of July 1 in accordance with Twitter’s new terms of service. Additionally, a new setting allows the app to update your iChat status when you tweet.

Several bug fixes, primarily related to interaction with third-party Twitter services like picture and video upload sites and hardware support, round up the update. And, finally, tweets posted from the app will, at last, be properly labeled as coming from “Tweetie for Mac” instead of the current “Twitter for iPhone.”

Tweetie 1.2.7, which clocks in at 1.7 MB, requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and can be downloaded through the app’s own auto-update feature or from Atebits’s Website.

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