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Apple's Touch Bar doesn't have to be so terrible • Gizmodo
Alex Cranz:
<p>Occasionally you see a good use, like QuickTime’s ability to scrub through a video file to find the exact frame you need. But the useful Touch Bars are just reminders of how pointless others are, like the blank Touch Bar you find in Sonos, Slack, and even Apple’s Voice Memo app.

Even the really good implementations of the Touch Bar, such as the ones used by Photoshop, Ulysses, and AirMail, aren’t sufficiently customizable. You get the options suggested by the app maker, and that’s it.

While I won’t fault an indie app maker, or even Google, for failing to do better with the Touch Bar, I can lay blame at Apple’s feet. The company introduced a cool new feature and then has just let it sit there. It has provided no incentives nor has it led by example with the Touch Bar. Beyond some useful implementations in Apple-built apps right at launch, Apple has done nothing with the Touch Bar.

So yeah, of course, it makes sense my coworkers hate it. Mercifully, you don’t have to be like Apple or all my co-workers. There’s handy software [BetterTouchTool, TouchSwitcher] that lets you better take advantage of the Touch Bar right now.</p>


As Cranz and others point out, what people want is to be able to call functions from outside the program they're in to affect the stuff on the screen. But the TouchBar, as currently set up, doesn't provide for that - so it just repeats what's on the screen, which is little use. Apple could fix this; the APIs are there, as BetterTouchTool shows.
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yesterday by charlesarthur
Toxblh/MTMR: 🌟 [My TouchBar My rules]. The TouchBar Customisation App for your MacBook Pro
🌟 [My TouchBar My rules]. The TouchBar Customisation App for your MacBook Pro - Toxblh/MTMR
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7 days ago by tranqy
TouchSwitcher app switcher for Touch Bar
Application switcher for Touch Bar MacBook Pro
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14 days ago by e2b
Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - July 2019 - MacRumors
(Perhaps this could be worth a try if you end up getting a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar at some point?)
“Pock is a simple little Mac app that’s designed to make your Touch Bar more useful by adding your dock to your Touch Bar so you can quickly access your apps and even files within folders. The Pock options are customizable, so you can choose what you need most, adding options like a now playing widget for controlling music, a status widget for getting info like WiFi connection of battery level, and more.”
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19 days ago by handcoding
Customise your MacBook Pro Touch Bar – Dario Prski – Medium
While using my 2018 MacBook Pro I got a bit tired of the Touch Bar buttons that constantly get switched every time I would go from one application to the other. It was very frustrating that I had no…
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27 days ago by jsmits

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