I have been impressed by the response to Touché, my macOS utility for testing Apple’s Touch Bar without the need for Xcode.
What’s surprised the most is the number of people asking for minor usability changes. These are not the kinds of things you fret about when you’re using a utility here and there for a quick test, but when you are committing to run a utility full time:
- It should move out of the way when the Dock appears
- It should slide off and on the screen like the old Control Strip
- It should be oriented vertically to stick on one side of the screen
- It should be a menu-bar icon, instead of appearing in the Dock
- It should appear correctly in full-screen apps
- It should position itself under menus so it can be kept at the top of the screen
- It should support hiding the title bar in the Touch Bar window
I made Touché as a sort of gift to developers, designers, and yes, end-users who want to check out Apple’s Touch Bar. I didn’t anticipate it might garner a comparable amount of feature requests as my other software does!
I am probably not going to be able to put a ton of time into supporting Touché or adding to its feature set. I like the simplicity of it, and I have a lot of other work to put the majority of my time into. However, I pick one item off that list: Touché 1.1 now supports an option to hide the Touch Bar window’s title bar.