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Intuitively Functional Minimalism: AquaTouch.
AquaTouch is a BetterTouchTool preset that displays dynamic and informative custom macros in the TouchBar.
Its design achieves an intuitive quality through meticulously balancing function, information and layout. This approach results in a UI that allows for great functionality in the cleanest interface, all while staying instinctively easy and comfortable to use. (Even to the point that it can be muscle-memorised!)
A careful balance of information.
Already Available information by the system like Clocks, Weather, Spotlight, Siri, and other controls like volume and brightness are not displayed because you can already access them easily with gestures or see them on the screen. This avoids duplicate controls or information and thus reduces clutter in the Touch Bar.
See the clock in the menubar, Hold command-space for Siri. Leave that as it is. Two, three and four finger Touch Bar gestures are used adjust volume, brightness and the keyboard backlight for sightless controls which free up more TouchBar space. They are much quicker and easier to reach, they do not require a look to adjust and are much more natural to control. They even have haptic feedback, you can literally feel every level the volume goes up.
No compromise on functionality
Many quality, complete sets of tools for many apps are now right under your fingertips, my favourites are Adobe Illustrator, OneNote and Stickies! These allow you to work_flow_, without ever mousing around for a particular button anymore. It's all right under your fingertips.
Even websites are supported, Quickly access chats, search for friends and switch between your timeline and other views in Facebook, watch YouTube without using the mouse or format your Google Document with ease, just to name a few.
Don't like the constantly changing TouchBar?
Although AquaTouch is a dynamic and adaptive preset, it is very carefully designed to be predictable, and puts you in control.
Its automatic elements are designed to avoid assuming what you want, they only change when there is no assumption that you need a new UI for what's on screen. Otherwise, options are presented that do not disrupt your current interface.
AquaTouch only changes when you switch apps, just like the macOS menu bar at the top of the screen.
Unlike apple's stock UI, it doesn't change when you select objects or windows.
Instead of interruptions, buttons which can be tapped bring these object or tool specific layouts to view. You control what tools you bring up. When opened, these won't close on you, and they're always there for you to open up.
It's so predictable that I've managed to develop a muscle memory for each app! For example; When I switch to Caprine Messenger, the chat switch buttons show up as I remember and I just move my hand up to click them and switch to the latest chat. When I switch to Adobe Illustrator, I tap the 'Path Tools' group autonomously to bring up all my path tools in the TouchBar, and tap away at those anchor point tools as if I could feel them.
In contrast, Apple's implementation tries to guess what you want. As an example; automatically showing you options to change text formatting when you really just want to format the text box.
Why not take a look at the features I have so far below, or download to discover for yourself?
TAKE A LOOK
40+ SUPPORTED APPS & WEBSITES
= Replacement Layout
A complete set that is capable of replacing the stock TouchBar, or when the stock TouchBar is blank
= Extension Layout
The stock TouchBar is the main interface for these apps, but AquaTouch adds more tools!
You never knew you needed it.
The AquaTouch Control Strip is a persistent toolbox that is always displayed on the right of the touch bar. It consists of four segments; Media Controls, Schedules, Controls and App Actions.
With AquaTouch, you now have website specific UI!
Here's what I have so far:
More Sites and chrome support coming soon!
It's just natural.
No more sliders and buttons you can't feel and take forever to find.
Slide anywhere on the TouchBar to adjust what you always adjust, no looking needed.
Stay immersed, but also informed.
You want to be immersed by games, and Games want to be immersive.
The result: The menubar is hidden. It may be small, but it's annoying that you're not be able to check the time, and battery percentage isn't it?
The basis of AquaTouch.
Stay up to date: Preset under active development
This Preset is under active development, so please suggest features and report any bugs!
Stay up to date and follow this thread as more features will come, and many design changes and refinements will be made.
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I’d also appreciate some feedback and any improvements that I should make. Feedback keeps me in the know of what to add or fix up for the next versions, and i’m quite lost without it.
AQT Version Naming Scheme
- b0.0.0 - indicates that it is a beta. Betas are stable enough to be used daily but may have some bugs and incomlpete features that might not work. It’s the cutting edge version that is quite experimental.
- v0.0.0 indicates a final stable (afaik) build.
- X.0.0 - indicates a major redesign in the way AQT works.
- 0.X.0 - indicates new app support and new features
- 0.0.X - indicates a bugfix/hotfix release that fixes reported bugs.
Support and Contribute!
If you have a bug report, feature request or if you have created something useful for AQT, you can now choose between the forums here or by submitting an issue at GitHub!
I'll also be loosely logging progress there so you can follow along as to what i'm up to.
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Many features and widgets of this preset would not be possible without the community! Here's a thank-you list to all the people who let me merge and improve their stuff to put into AQT, Check them out!
@GoldenChaos - Provided the base of the Now Playing, Schedule and Connectivity widgets!
@iAmWaldo for the Netflix Now Playing Widget and help with YouTube Widgets and Triggers
@Felipeforerome for his "Search Genius for Lyrics" widget
@fidgetspinner for his Youtube Slider!
All of you who helped me build AQT through feedback, suggestions, comments and donations, and, finally,
@Andreas_Hegenberg, developer of BTT for putting up with and implementing lots of feature requests that allow AQT to work as it does today.
“Aqua” is apple’s name for the macOS design language. Much like Google Material Design, it has its principals too.
This is where AquaTouch name came from, as it seeks to flow with MacOS as much as possible!