BetterTouchTool for Mac

BetterTouchTool for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 13 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9998
  • Total Downloads:
    32,248
  • Date Added:
    May 24, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.5MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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For average Mac users, the trackpad's default functioning can sometimes be frustrating. BetterTouchTool for Mac allows users to customize the trackpad operation for their whole system or individual applications.

Available as freeware, the program downloaded and installed quickly. After initial startup, BetterTouchTool for Mac attempted to access all of the computers on the test network, which is a strange function for the type of features offered. Lacking instructions, the program was difficult to interpret outside of the main menus, which were featured at the top of the window. The overall appearance of the program is very good, albeit a little confusing. Users can add functions for the Magic Mouse, keyboard, trackpad, Apple remote, and BTT remote. These functions can be specifically applied to individual apps or the system as a whole if desired. A large arrow indicates where to press to begin assigning functions to the selected device. Additional options include allowing window snapping just as in the Microsoft operating system. Once we were acquainted with the interface, assigning functions proved relatively easy, although some required changes to the system preferences. There did appear to be technical support available in the form of feedback and error reporting.

BetterTouchTool for Mac functions well and gives users control of device gestures, although advanced users may not need the assistance.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Very powerful, complex, but very useful"

November 16, 2013  |  By sengupta_jit

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.966

Pros

Lots of different gestures - you can essentially take controls of a lot of window and interaction behaviors.

Cons

Somewhat complex to use and set up.

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5 stars

"my all-time favorite tool"

November 06, 2013  |  By katnip3

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.966

Pros

Easy to use interface that allows you to create shortcuts using the keyboard, mouse, and touchpad to do many things. Here are some of my favorites:
While keeping finger on the touchpad, tap the touchpad to click (Tip Tap right)
Create a shortcut to send cmd+n to your browser so a new window appears in your current space of Mission Control rather than switching to a different space
Create a shortcut for middleclick using the touchpad
A shortcut to maximize the current window to the next monitor
And of course, shortcuts to snap windows to specific positions (like Aerosnap on Windows, but even better)

Cons

It'd be nice if there was a way to resize windows by holding a hotkey and clicking near a border, like in some Linux distributions.

Summary

I've purchased BetterSnapTool and BetterTouchTool Remote and donated to this guy because this freeware is THAT awesome.

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5 stars

"Simple and powerful. A must have!"

October 28, 2013  |  By Mr_Safety

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.966

Pros

- Easy to use
- Highly customizable
- Low maintenance

See summary for more details

Cons

Nothing thus far. Coming up on one year of solid everyday use, without complaint.

Summary

There's really not enough I can say about BTT. I've been a strict Windows-only user all my life until buying my first MBP last year. After having experienced Windows' window snapping features from Win7 onward, I was disappointed there was no OS X equivalent (at least natively). After some searching, I came across BTT amongst other screen-organizing alternatives. Quite simply, I went with BTT because it was free.

For the past year I've really only had BTT run in the background solely to help snap windows more effectively, and it has never let me down. In my experience it has never been invasive, never crashed, and has only prompted me to install updates maybe 3 times. It's lightweight, fast, HIGHLY customizable, and more. Honestly, I've only begun to scratch the surface of all the capabilities. I've set up a couple of keyboard shortcuts, and toyed with a few other settings, but I'm happy right where it is right now.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking to improve window organization, and productivity. I'm sure if I took the time to explore more features, I'd only be more impressed.

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5 stars

"In two words: simply amazing!"

September 12, 2013  |  By ShodanLieu

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.966

Pros

I don't even know where to begin. Simply running the software will increase your productivity. Adding any specific gestures or features will lead to exponential improvement. Seriously, give it a try, you will love it.

Cons

After using it for a while, the only downside I can see is that I didn't know about the software earlier. However, should a problem arise, I will update this post.

Summary

One awesome piece of software, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

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5 stars

"must-have for all Macs"

May 24, 2013  |  By katnip3

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.921

Pros

Adds feature similar to AeroSnap for Windows. In my opinion, it's even better. You can also create shortcuts with the keyboard, touchpad, and mouse. This is one of the best pieces of software on my computer.

Cons

___None___

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5 stars

"Best Mac Tool I know"

December 21, 2012  |  By dudolf

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.91

Pros

Super Powerful, no other gesture tool compares to

Cons

Maybe needs some time to get used to all the possibilities, but if you have figured it out, it will save you soo much time.

Summary

Awesome!

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5 stars

"THE BEST interface utility EVER"

January 27, 2012  |  By scienceandpoetry

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.749

Pros

This utility is one of the best reasons to have a Mac! Unbelievable feature set. Makes me less frustrated using my computer and saves me 1- a lot of extra mousing and clicking, 2- a lot of extra trips to the keyboard.

Cons

Occasionally the shortcuts stop working. Just have to restart it from the menu bar.

Summary

Very much worth donating for. (I did!)

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5 stars

"Can mimic windows 7 aero sizing snap functionality"

August 23, 2011  |  By unwise

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.7174

Pros

easy to use

Cons

gui could use some work

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5 stars

"Impressive tool boosting human computer interaction!"

August 14, 2011  |  By krofa

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.7174

Pros

- Very deep customizations for all possible human interface devices.
- Very stable and advanced for a free tool.
- Can assign gestrues / shortcuts specific to applications.
- Also includes window snapping / moving / resizing features.

Cons

- GUI lacks in user friendliness for "non-exploring" / impatient users.
- Documentation & help tips don't cover all aspects of the program.
- No online forum where users can interact to ask questions, exchange ideas / tips / presets.

Summary

You can customize your Magic Mouse, Magic / MacBook TrackPad, Keyboard (yes!), Standard Mouse, and even Apple Remote with this amazing tool! Very impressive for a free offering!

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3 stars

"Didn't work for me"

December 10, 2010  |  By foulgernz

 |  Version: BetterTouchTool 0.628

Pros

MacPro 10.6.5 Got the windows 7 option, clicked no and the application wouldn't run after that - shame - so full of promise

Cons

Doesn't work under 10.6.5

Summary

I would love to like it because of its comprehensive nature but until it actually works I can't comment further.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9998
- BTT Remote for iOS is now available for free with an in-app purchase to unlock all features.
- Initial Force Touch support (still experimental but should be usable)!
- Fixed various crashes and hangs. Also BTT now has a watchdog helper application which restarts BTT if it crashed.
- New trackpad gestures: Two Finger Click, Two Finger Tap & Two Finger Double Tap.
- Force touch: Two Finger Force Click, Three Finger Force Click, Four Finger Force Click, Five Finger Force Click.
- Force Touch: Added Two Finger Click that can distinguish between whether the left or right finger pressed harder.
- Force Touch: Added Two Finger FORCE Click that can distinguish between whether the left or right finger pressed harder.
- Force Touch: Live View now shows current force on supported trackpads
- Force Touch: Choose haptic responses when a gesture has been recognized (via the little gear icon left to the Gesture selection popup button)
- Added new Force Trackpad section to the advanced trackpad settings.
General
Publisher Andreas Hegenberg
Publisher web site http://blog.boastr.net/
Release Date May 24, 2015
Date Added May 24, 2015
Version 0.9998
Category
Category Drivers
Subcategory Mouse Drivers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.5MB
File Name BetterTouchTool.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 32,248
Downloads Last Week 70
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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