The multitouch surfaces of the trackpad on Apple’s recent MacBooks and its Magic Mouse are great, especially for browsing and scrolling through documents. But have you ever wished that you could use them to do even more? jitouch 2 is a nifty little app that extends your Mac with a huge range of additional gestures for tasks such as changing browser tabs, closing and minimizing windows, changing Spaces and more. It can also add missing features, such as a middle-button click with the Magic Mouse.
Cleverly, jitouch 2 only adds new gestures; it doesn’t interfere with or replace any of the built-in commands. As well as extending the existing gestures — like making a quick three-finger tap open links in a new browser tab — jitouch 2 also introduces what it calls “Character Gestures,” which enable you to draw characters on the trackpad or Magic Mouse to carry out certain functions; an F opens the Finder, for example.
Here’s a video showing some of jitouch 2’s trackpad gestures in action:
The range of new gestures is extensive, but even though they’re logically designed and intuitive to use, it would take some time to learn them all. However, if you typically use the mouse/trackpad rather than the keyboard that time would be very well spent, because jitouch’s new gestures should provide a considerable productivity boost. I particularly like that it adds to the gestures available on the Magic Mouse, as I’ve always felt that its touch surface wasn’t being used to its full potential.
jitouch 2 works with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard). It’s free to try and can be downloaded from the jitouch website, while a license costs a very reasonable $5.99.
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