Facebook has now been around for a good part of our lives, and where the social network behemoth has dedicated apps for mobile platforms, it continues to be confined to Internet browsers on the desktop. Enter Current for Facebook – a native Facebook app for Mac, which is already turning some heads. We see why.
Current for Facebook has been developed by Scott Kyle who formerly worked at Apple on iOS WebKit and iAd frameworks, so it’s safe to say the app itself does carry Apple’s design philosophy and aesthetics. The fact that the software does not keep users confined to the app portion, but lets them focus on particular sections such as messaging or videos independently, goes a long way in minimizing distractions which are always tempting on a Web browser.
Think of it as being on your mobile, where Facebook Messenger helps you keep connected to your friends without needing to open up the Facebook app. Current for Facebook will integrate into your Mac’s menu bar by placing your buddy list, inbox, and notifications right up there for quick access, offering an experience that makes the app feel like a part of OS X itself. Better yet, if you are digitally popular and are expecting friend requests frequently, then OS X’s Notification Center will also house them as well.
Current for Facebook offers some neat tricks that builds on the overall social network experience. Conversations can pop out as dedicated windows, allowing you to place them anywhere on your desktop. Users can pop out entire photo albums to their desktop and swipe through them, and the same can be done for videos as well, allowing you to work on other tasks while the clip plays on in one corner of your screen.
Current for Facebook is available at a promotional price of a mere $1.99 right now, and is a must-have for those users who are getting irked by browsing through Facebook every time they need to check a message.
Give it a download if you have a spare couple of bucks lying around, and do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below, telling us how the app fared for you.
(Download: Current for Facebook from the Mac App Store)