Earlier this week my college and fellow Macaholic Natalia Nowak re-reviewed a great app called BetterTouchTool. The function is in the name. It’s a Mac app that adds more touch tools to Mac trackpads.
The Mac’s trackpad can do more than most of us ever knew, even though most of us have 10 fingers that can be used in concert for different functions. Here’s another utility that MacBook users may like and this one is free. It’s called TouchOven.
Touch Me, Baby!
Most of us who use the Mac’s trackpad or the Magic Trackpad know a few of the basic gestures. Swipe. What many of us did not know– and Apple doesn’t do a good job of explaining or giving Mac users options– is that your fingers can be used in a variety of ways to perform specific functions.
Here’s a good example of how fingers can be used in combinations that add actions to gestures.
For example, with three fingers resting on the trackpad, you can invoke a click. A middle mouse click. Likewise, keyboard shortcuts are easily set up, and swiping back and forth on web pages– Safari, Chrome, or Firefox– is easily handled with fingertips; much like we use on an iPad screen.
Changing actions is easy enough, too. Select the fingertip setting, then select the action from the pulldown menus.
As is the case with any cleverly designed and elegant Mac utility, TouchOven has a nominal number of preference settings.
Gestures can be an easy way to perform specific actions without the slower and more finite control of moving hand and fingertips to the trackpad and selecting a Menubar action. Plus, these are customizable actions, tap based, and if you can remember them all– they’re limited– you’ll become a more accurate and efficient Mac user.
No, there are not as many options as you’ll find on BetterTouchTool, but there’s also a price tag for more features. TouchOven is easy to get used to and you’ll appreciate the price. Free.