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Dissatisfied, developer creates preset to completely change Touch Bar – and you can get it!

This is a subject in which I with my simple 2012 MacBook Pro admittedly have full speech, but I venture to say that the Touch bar Ma's latest laptops are far from a resounding success. Sure, sure, some actions must be accomplished by means of the bright comic strip (not least considering that it has replaced a row of important function keys), but I believe Apple's original vision of making that invention a revolutionary new form of interaction with the computer, did not stick.

The main complaint from the owners of Touch Bar MacBooks Pro is that the bar's own design of its operation and features make it not particularly useful or attractive in other words, many of its functions can be done with greater control. or even more easily by keyboard shortcuts or with the mouse pointer. Now, an intrepid developer has decided to tackle the problem face-to-face and create his own solution.

The work of the developer vas3k is based on BetterTouchTool (a utility that started out as a very useful MacBook trackpad gesture “customizer”, and some time ago added a new Touch Bar customization tool) and basically consists of reinventing the possibilities of the bar to that it fits in with what he (and I believe many other users) expect from the tool.

TouchBar presets created by developer vas3k

From left to right, vas3k's “new” Touch Bar starts with an Esc key (required) and a button to return to the traditional bar layout if desired. Then we have a button that opens a Finder window wherever you are (even if there is another window open elsewhere) and two buttons for programs often used by the developer, Sublime Text and Notes but you can customize these Shortcuts, of course.

Following the interface, we have a music frame that shows the track currently playing, either in iTunes or Spotify according to vas3k, the most useful feature of the playbar on the standard Touch Bar interface, especially when you're on a random list discovering new songs; When you touch the board, you move to the next track. On the right, a flexible frame shows your most urgent reminder or the title of the YouTube video playing.

TouchBar presets created by developer vas3k

Next, there is a small numerical record of the temperature in its locality and an appropriately named coffee cup cone. Coffee Break (coffee break). Its function is the same as at least on Touch Bar models MacBooks on / off button: locking the computer and turning off the screen, but the idea can be done as quickly as possible in the office at the aforementioned coffee break.

Still, we have two volume buttons according to the developer, much easier to use than the standard interface slider button and a smart play / pause button, which reverses the behavior introduced in macOS High Sierra (which makes the key work with any content). and make it work again only with Spotify or iTunes if neither program is open, Spotify automatically starts.

TouchBar presets created by developer vas3k

Finally, we have a simple clock, which, according to vas3k, has two functions: creating a “dead” area in the space where we play most often, to avoid unwanted actions, and allowing users to always see the clock, even with applications running on full screen.

The presets created by the developer can be downloaded from this GitHub link, and to make them work, just have BetterTouchTool installed and, in the program preferences, click on Manage Presets Import to import the file. In “General Touch Bar Settings”, uncheck option “Show macOS Control Strip” to replace the traditional Touch Bar completely; The additional JSON Helper and Location Helper for AppleScript must be installed to make the weather board work.

TouchBar presets created by developer vas3k

With the success of the initiative, other users began to share their own presets It's a GitHub repository created by vas3k and l, believe me, the imagination is the limit to customize your Touch Bar. It's worth exploring if you're dissatisfied with the current state of the bar! 😉

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