Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Bar None 1.0

Shaun Inman (via Bradley Chambers):

Anyway, after Apple regressed the keyboard to a functional design, it was finally time to upgrade. Enter the Touch Bar. One step forward, two steps back.

A week later, I’m still regularly accidentally brushing or resting my finger on it. As a developer my left thumb naturally rests on the command key, my index on the R key, which leads to my middle hovering over or resting on the former home of the function keys. The same thing happens in Photoshop with my right hand, thumb on command, index on the plus or minus key, and middle wandering into Touch Bar territory.


Bar None is an app that lives in your menu bar and ignores all Touch Bar input unless you’re holding the fn key. That’s it. (This effectively nukes the function keys but let’s be honest, Apple did that by introducing the Touch Bar.)


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I'm having exactly the same experience so I'll take this for a spin. Thanks.

I'd have preferred a smaller touchpad, maybe 60 - 70% of current size, and a slightly larger keyboard further forward on the MacBook's body. Maybe some additional space between the trackpad and the keyboard.

I suspect that no one at Apple's doing much typing on these things.

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