Jun 02

Great WWDC keynote!

Just a little update for BetterTouchTool and BetterSnapTool


  • BetterSnapTool seems to run fine as is
  • BetterTouchTool crashes on startup, but I already identified the issue and will fix it tomorrow.
    • Updatehttp://boastr.net/releases/btt0.997.zip this version should not crash on Yosemite anymore. Please report any issues you encounter, I was only able to test the basic stuff.
    • Update 2: Some users still encountered crashes on startup with 0.997, I hope the are now also fixed with 0.9971: http://boastr.net/releases/btt0.9971.zip
    • Update 3: This BetterTouchTool version supports the dark mode / theme in the OS X Yosemite Beta 3:
    • Update 4:
      • Fixed various crashes and bugs on Yosemite.
      • If you don’t like the new behavior of the green window button in Yosemite, you can now change it with BTT using the trigger “Leftclick Green Window Button” in the tab “Other” in BTT’s main preference window. To get back the old behavior just use the predefined action “Zoom Window Below Cursor” ( see http://take.ms/F344Y)
    • Update 5:
      • 0.9981 fixes a problem in Yosemite DP 6 that caused the “Leftclick green window button” trigger to not work anymore. However you now have to assign the predefined action “Option Click” to get the old behavior back. See http://take.ms/P81Jg .


written by Andreas Hegenberg

Aug 15
  • Worked on Leap Motion  mouse mode
  • New algorithm for determining the mouse speed and movement
  • By default Leap right-click is now done using a three finger tap
  • It’s now possible to decide which gestures are available while in mouse mode
  • Improved scrolling in Leap mouse mode
  • Mouse speed can now be changed for the Leap mouse mode
  • Leap Motion gestures can now be printed
  • Little bugfixes

//update 0.967 has been released with some little fixes

Download here or get via alpha update

written by Andreas Hegenberg

Aug 09

I’m not at home for the weekend. If this version doesn’t work well for you, you can download the previous release here: http://bettertouchtool.net/btt0.963.zip

  • Added a first beta implementation of my Leap Motion mouse control mode
  • Live View now supports the Leap Motion Controller
  • Added three finger circle gesture for the Leap Motion Controller
  • The application switcher action does now work nicely with the circle gestures for the Leap
  • Worked on the LEAP gesture reliability
  • Some fixes for upcoming operating systems
  • Should fix an issue that caused gestures to stop working sometimes

You can download the alpha version here or get it via check for alpha updates.

Please read the documentation for the Leap mouse mode (and post your comments there): http://blog.boastr.net/documentation-faq/leap-motion-mouse-control/



written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 22


BetterTouchTool Comments Off


please discuss all LEAP related stuff here: http://blog.boastr.net/?page_id=3023

As I don’t have my final LEAP yet, it would be great if you could share your results with me.


written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 21

BetterTouchTool 0.95 (21/07/2013)

  • Dropped support for Mac OS X 10.6
  • Enabled basic support for the LEAP Motion Controller (however this is very much a work in progress and will definitely improve soon)
  • Completely redesigned the gesture and predefined-action selection popup button
  • Added “Disable BTT For Current App” to statusbar icon menu
  • Switching presets does not need to restart BTT anymore
  • Added predefined actions “Switch To Preset”, “Start Automator Workflow”, “Execute Terminal Command”, “Post Distributed Notification”, “Show / Hide Cursor” and the function keys f13-f18.
  • Added new trigger in the “Other Triggers” section, “Received Distributed Notification”
  • Fixed a problem with BTT not being able to record some keyboard shortcuts correctly
  • Trigger menubar menu-item can now trigger currently hidden items which only appear when pressing e.g. the option key.
  • Completely refactored the window snapping stuff, so if you encounter any issues please let me know.
  • Fixed a bug that lead to various crashes

written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 19

BetterTouchTool 0.945 ALPHA-UPDATE (19.07.2013)

  • Activated basic LEAP support (however this is very much a work in progress and will definitely improve soon)
  • Added “Disable BTT For Current App” to statusbar icon menu
  • Added Application Switcher action back
  • Fixed the reason for some crashes
  • Various little improvements
  • Added predefined action to hide/show the mouse cursor
  • Completely refactored the window snapping stuff, so if you encounter any issues please let me know.

Get via alpha update or download here

written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 13
  •   Added new menu for picking gestures
  • Changing presets doesn’t need to restart BTT anymore
  • New predefined action “switch to preset”
  • New other trigger “Received Distributed Notification”
  • General stability improvements

Get via “check for alpha version updates” or download it here

written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 11

With this alpha version I have completely redesigend the predefined action popup button. It now groups the actions and allows you to search them.

Additionally I added a few new predefined actions:

  1. Execute Terminal Command
  2. Start Automator Workflow
  3. Post Distributed Notification
  4. Function Keys F13-F18 (haven’t tested those yet)

You can get this version via alpha update or download it here

written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 10

I just wrote a very little tool that can import CSV files exported from Lastpass into the Mac OS X Keychain so they can be used by Safari to fill forms. This may be useful for people who want to switch from Lastpass to iCloud Keychain (or use it in addition to Lastpass) once it’s available ( http://www.apple.com/de/osx/preview/#icloud-keychain )

The tool is very simple and dumb. It does not check if an entry already exists, but will just create a new one. Also I think Safari currently can’t handle multiple accounts per site, so if you import CSVs with multiple accounts for a site, only one will be used in Safari.

Maybe I’ll add some sort of sync functionality to the tool in the future.

Download LastpassToKeychain

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 11.14.40




written by Andreas Hegenberg

Jul 09


I wanted to drop 10.6 support for quite a while, but now I’m actually doing it. While still 8% of BTT instances are running on 10.6 I don’t have any Macs capable of running it and thus can’t test on it. There are also many other reasons to drop 10.6 support like new API’s that Apple introduced with >= 10.7.

More than 78% of the BetterTouchTools are running on 10.8.x or higher so I’m even thinking about also dropping support for 10.7. However I’ll start with 10.6. for now :-)

What does that mean for 10.6. users? You just won’t receive any future feature updates. However I may still release bugfix updates for 10.6.




written by Andreas Hegenberg