When I replaced a dead MacBook Pro a couple of years ago I bought the, then new, top of the range model with the TouchBar. At the time I was exited to see how Apple and third-party developers used this new interface to enhance the user interfaces to take advantage of its control strip.
The answer turned out to be that no-one did anything much with it and it was a huge waste of money that I regret paying a premium price for! Very few applications use Touch Bar capabilities imaginatively and Apple have locked-down access to it so tightly that it actually makes utility apps such as Keyboard Maestro less useful. Where I used to hit F1, F2, F3 etc. for shortcuts I now have to modify them with the
The only real advantage was that it adds TouchID and that opens up Apple Pay.
This week I installed and registered Better Touch Tool to restore some of that lost functionality. Even with just a few new buttons created I can start to see how I can take advantage of the Touch Bar to customise applications in the same way that I use Keyboard Maestro to make keyboard shortcuts more powerful.
It’s early days but it will be interesting to see how my use of this evolves.Posted on March 6, 2019 #Software