What are the best Touch Bar apps for the new MacBook Pro?
The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is a fascinating and game-changing new feature that allows you to interact with your MacBook like never before. You’ll be able to use it for all manner of built-in apps, but there will be a ton of third-party apps with Touch Bar support as well!
Here are the best apps with Touch Bar support so far!
Adobe Photoshopdjay ProFinal Cut Pro XMicrosoft Office1PasswordSketchMail Designer Pro 3PCalc
The biggest name in image alteration, Photoshop’s Touch Bar integration was announced and demonstrated at Apple’s October 2016 event.
With Touch Bar, you’ll be able to alter images in ways that would normally require a bunch of mouse clicks, like changing the color balance or brightness of an image. Instead, you’ll be able to slide along the Touch Bar and watch things change in real time.
$19.99/month and up – Download now
Also demonstrated at the Mac event was Djay Pro, which lets you mix tracks, scratch, fade, control playback, sample, and much more using just the Touch Bar.
You can mix a whole song using multi-touch and even alter the waveform, right on the Touch Bar. No need to touch the trackpad.
If you’re an amateur DJ or just want to see what it’s all about, check it out!
$69.99 – Download now
Final Cut Pro X
The widely used video-editing app will receive Touch Bar support, allowing you to easily scrub through your timeline, adjust audio, fine tune your cuts, and much more, all on the Touch Bar.
Most folks are likely used to using hot keys already and probably won’t change their ways, but for people just start out with FCP, the Touch Bar offers a very accessible foray into editing.
$399.99 – Download now
The iWork suite is great, but many folks prefer Microsoft Office, so it’s awesome that Microsoft has added Touch Bar support to the Office suite.
You’ll be able to use brand new features in apps like Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. For example, the Touch Bar will take you into Word Focus Mode, which removes all the commands and ribbons, allowing you to better focus on your Word document.
In Powerpoint, you’ll be able to manipulate graphic elements, reorder things on the fly, and more.
You’ll also be able to perform all the most popular functions of Outlook right from the Touch Bar, like sending email, replying, attaching documents, and more!
$149.99 and up – Download now
1Password helps you store all of your passwords in one spot and keeps them secret, keeps them safe.
With Touch Bar supports, you’ll be able to create a secure note or password at the tap of a button, and only you will be able to see your 1Password account, thanks to Touch ID! You’ll even be able to create logins for many popular sites, just by tapping their logos on the Touch Bar — no browser needed.
1Password gets more secure and more convenient, thanks to Touch Bar support.
$89.99 – Download now
Sketch, the vector drawing app, is for designers who like a breezy workflow, and the new Touch Bar is going to help make that workflow even breezier.
You’ll be able to switch colors and shapes on the fly, as well as many more features. We’ll update when things are solidified!
$99.99 – Download now
Mail Designer Pro 3
If you often send out digital newsletters and haven’t heard of Mail Designer Pro 3, then you’ve been missing out. Mail Designer Pro lets you create mobile-ready newsletters with all the tools you need to make yours look great. In terms of Touch Bar, Mail Designer Pro 3 currently supports:
Text formatting (including visual styles)Scrubbing through design templatesText style, formatting and layout controlsAdjust background color and tint, or zoom background imagesSwitch between desktop & mobile layouts, pull up a smartphone preview or toggle layout guides
So if you’re in for everything you could possibly need to make a kickass newsletter, from hundreds of fonts to graphics to flexible layout designs, and much more, then check out Mail Designer Pro 3.
$49.99 – Download now
Are you a scientist? Engineer? Mathematician? Calculator enthusiast? PCalc is awesome for all of the above or for folks who just want or need a feature-heavy calculator. No more TI-83 for you!
You get an optional RPN mode, multi-line display, and your choice of button layouts. If you feel like getting your hyper-nerd on, PCalc even supports hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations.
AND, you can customize what appears on the Touch Bar, so the buttons and items that you use the most are literally always at your fingertips.
$9.99 – Download now
It’s quite apparent that the Touch Bar will benefit artists the most. What’s your favorite third-party app with Touch Bar support?
Let us know in the comments below!
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