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BetterTouchTool for Mac

CNET Editors' review

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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  • All versions:

    4.6 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "my all-time favorite tool"

    November 6, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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