New BetterTouchTool Documentation

(last updated: 24.05.2010)

  1. System Requirements
  2. First Steps
  3. The Main Window
  4. Adding A New Gesture
  5. How to use keyboard shortcuts to trigger predefined actions
  6. The Live View
  7. List and Description of all Gestures
    1. Magic Mouse
    2. Touchpad
  8. List and Description of all Predefined Actions
  9. Window Moving Stuff (to be done)
    1. Window Moving
    2. Window Snapping
  10. General BetterTouchTool Settings (to be done)
  11. Magic Mouse Settings (to be done)
    1. General
    2. Clicks
    3. Swipes
    4. Ignore
    5. TipTaps
    6. Three Finger Taps
    7. Other Gestures
  12. Touchpad Settings (to be done)
    1. General
    2. Taps
    3. TipTaps
    4. Other
  13. Troubleshooting (to be done)
  14. Licenses

System Requirements

BetterTouchTool works only with Snow Leopard (>= 10.6 ) but could stop working everytime because it uses undocumented stuff and apple could easily disable that.

First Steps

  • You can open the preferences window using the menubar icon.

  • After you have opened the window you’ll see this:

The Main Window

  1. Here you can select if you want to set the gesture for Magic Mouse or for the Trackpad or for the Keyboard (Shortcuts are available with versions >= 0.5185). Be sure to select the correct tab!
  2. This button is the first step in adding a new gesture. Press it and in the table above a new entry will be created. (see section “Adding A New Gesture“)
  3. This button deletes the gesture which is selected in the table above.
  4. This will open the live view. The live view can show all your fingers BTT recognizes. It will show you exactly how BTT sees your fingers. Also you can see which gesture was just executed. While live view is open gestures will have no effect!
  5. This is for creating / importing / exporting sets of gestures. If you hit export it will create a file with all your gestures in it (touchpad and magic mouse) and lets you save it.
  6. Here you have to select the application for which the gesture you add will work. You can set different gestures for different apps. If you set gestures while “global” is selected, the gesture will work in every app unless a specific app overwrites it (uses the same gesture).
  7. Here you can add or remove applications.

Adding A New Gesture

  1. After you hit the “Add new gesture” button this one will become available. If you hit it you’ll see a list of available gestures. Select the one you want by clicking on it.
  2. This are modifier keys. If you select one of them you’ll have to press it while performing the selected gesture in order to trigger the action you connected to the gesture. For most gestures you’ll want to select “none”.
  3. Here you can enter shortcuts that will be sent to the system if you perform the selected gesture. It will simulate key presses. With shortcuts you can control nearly everything in every program. If you want to be able to record shortcuts that are used by other programs you’ll have to activate access for assistive devices in your System Preferences => Universal Access.
  4. Here you can select one of the predefined actions (see list & description of all predefined actions). It will be executed if you perform the gesture. If a predefined action is selected and at the same time a shortcut is entered in the shortcut field, the predefined action will be sent, not the shortcut.

Here you can see some configured gestures:

How to use keyboard shortcuts to trigger predefined actions

In order to use shortcuts for triggering predefined actions just go to the keyboard tab in the main view (available with versions >= 0.5185 )

Then add a new shortcut, instead of selecting a gesture from a list you have to press the keys you want to use as shortcut. Assign the predefined action and you are done.


The LiveView

  1. Here you can select different areas which will be shown in the view. In the screenshot above the orange bar shows the range in which a single finger middleclick will be recognized.
  2. Here you see the last gesture performed and the connected action (the number before is the time, every time this number changes the gesture has been recognized). Some gestures are only recognized if they are added to your gesturelist.  While in live view no action will actually be executed!
  3. See Video

List and Description of all Gestures

  • Magic Mouse Gestures:

  • Single Finger Tap Left
    (Tap with one finger on the left half of the mouse, the area is configurable)
  • Single Finger Tap Right
    (Tap with one finger on the right half of the mouse, the area is configurable)
  • Single Finger Tap Middle
    (Tap with one finger on the middle of the mouse, the area is configurable)
  • Single Finger Tap
    (Tap with one finger somewhere on the mouse, only useful if you don’t use single finger tap left, right or middle)
  • Single Finger Click Middle
    (CLICK with one finger
  • Single Finger Tap Above Apple
    (Tap with one finger directly ABOVE the apple drawn on the magic mouse)
    ———————————-
  • Singe Finger Swipe Up
    (move one finger up, conflicts with scrolling so only use in apps where you can’t scroll or if you have disabled single finger scrolling)
  • Single Finger Swipe Down
    (move one finger down, conflicts with scrolling so only use in apps where you can’t scroll or if you have disabled single finger scrolling)
  • Single Finger Swipe Left
    (move one finger left, conflicts with scrolling so only use in apps where you can’t scroll or if you have disabled single finger scrolling)
  • Single Finger Swipe Right
    (move one finger right, conflicts with scrolling so only use in apps where you can’t scroll or if you have disabled single finger scrolling)
    ———————————-
  • Two Finger Tap
    (tap with two fingers, this one can easily create false positives because it often happens that you have two fingers on the mouse… so check if it works for you)
  • Two Finger Click
    (click with two fingers, this one can easily create false positives because it often happens that you have two fingers on the mouse while clicking.. so check if it works for you)
  • Two Finger Swipe Up
    (swipe up with two of your fingers at the same time)
  • Two Finger Swipe Down
    (swipe down with two of your fingers at the same time)
  • Two Finger Swipe Left
    (this replaces the original apple two finger swipe lefton the magic mouse, only use if necessary. The apple two finger swipes have to be ACTIVATED in the System Preferences)
  • Two Finger Swipe Right
    (this replaces the original apple two finger swipe right on the magic mouse, only use if necessary. The apple two finger swipes have to be ACTIVATED in the System Preferences)
    ———————————-
  • Three Finger Tap
    (Tap with three fingers)
  • Three Finger Click
    (Click with three fingers)
  • Three Finger Swipe Up
    (move three fingers up at the same time)
  • Three Finger Swipe Down
    (move three fingers down at the same time)
  • Three Finger Swipe Left
    (move three fingers left at the same time)
  • Three Finger Swipe Right
    (move three fingers right the same time)
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Up
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the mouse. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger up, see picture)
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Down
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the mouse. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger down, see picture)
    ———————————-
  • Four Finger Click
    (click with four fingers on the mouse)
  • Four Finger Swipe Up
    (move four of your fingers up at the same time)
  • Four Finger Swipe Down
    (move four of your fingers down at the same time)
    ———————————
  • TipTap Left
    (tap with one finger on the mouse, leave that finger where it is and after a very little time period tap with a second finger on the left of the first finger then release that second finger from the mouse surface immediately)
    see Video)
  • TipTap Right
    (tap with one finger on the mouse, leave that finger where it is and after a very little time period tap with a second finger on the right of the first finger then release that second finger from the mouse surface immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Left
    (First tap with two fingers on the mouse, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a third finger on the left of the first fingers and release that finger from the mouse again immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Right
    (First tap with two fingers on the mouse, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a third finger on the right  of the first fingers and release that finger from the mouse again immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Middle
    (First tap with two fingers on the mouse, leave space between those fingers. Then tap with a third finger between the two first fingers and release this third finger again immediately)
    ———————————-
  • Scroll Up (+modifier)
    (This only works in combination with a modifier key (fn/ctrl/alt/cmd), it is useful for e.g. adjusting the volume or brightness. You have to press the chosen modifier key and scroll  up with your magic mouse at the same time)
  • Scroll Down (+modifier)
    (This only works in combination with a modifier key (fn/ctrl/alt/cmd), it is useful for e.g. adjusting the volume or brightness. You have to press the chosen modifier key and scroll down with your magic mouse at the same time)
    ———————————
  • Pinch In
    See Video
  • Pinch Out
    See Video
    ——————————–
  • Single Finger Touch Top
    (This one should only be used in combination with the predefined action start/stop moving or start/stop resizing. Touch the mouse with only one finger on the very top. Then move the mouse to move or resize (depends on the chosen action) the windows which is currently under the cursor.)
    See Video
  • Two Finger Touch Top
    (This one should only be used in combination with the predefined action start/stop moving or start/stop resizing. Touch the mouse with two fingers on the very top. Then move the mouse to move or resize (depends on the chosen action) the windows which is currently under the cursor.)
    See Video
  • Three Finger Touch Top
    (This one should only be used in combination with the predefined action start/stop moving or start/stop resizing. Touch the mouse with three fingers on the very top. Then move the mouse to move or resize (depends on the chosen action) the windows which is currently under the cursor.)
    See Video

Touchpad Gestures:

  • Single Finger Tap Top Left
  • Single Finger Tap Top Right
  • Single Finger Tap Top Middle
  • Single Finger Tap Bottom Left
  • Single Finger Tap Bottom Right
  • Single Finger Tap Bottom Middle
  • Single Finger Tap Left Side Middle
  • Single Finger Tap Right Side Middle
    You can configure those taps here:

    Here a image of the areas if it is configured as shown above:
  • ———————————–
  • Triangle Swipe s, see this picture:
  • Three Finger Tap
    (Tap fast with three fingers but don’t click the touchpad)
  • Three Finger Tap Bottom
    (Tap fast with three fingers on the bottom half of the touchpad, may cause three finger click on some touchpads :-( )
  • Three Finger Tap Top
    (Tap fast with three fingers on the top half of the touchpad)
  • Three Finger Click
    (Click the touchpad with three fingers)
  • Three Finger Swipe Up
    (Swipe Up with three fingers, replaces the apple three finger swipe but the apple three finger swipe has to be ENABLED if you want to use this)
  • Three Finger Swipe Down
    (Swipe Down with three fingers, replaces the apple three finger swipe but the apple three finger swipe has to be ENABLED if you want to use this)
  • Three Finger Swipe Left
    (Swipe Left with three fingers, replaces the apple three finger swipe but the apple three finger swipe has to be ENABLED if you want to use this)
  • Three Finger Swipe Right
    (Swipe Right with three fingers, replaces the apple three finger swipe but the apple three finger swipe has to be ENABLED if you want to use this)
    ———————————–
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Down
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the touchpad. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger down, see picture)
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Up
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the touchpad. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger up,see picture)
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Left
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the touchpad. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger left,see picture)
  • TipSwipe Left Finger Right
    (Begin with 3 fingers on the touchpad. Leave the right two fingers at their initial position and move the left finger right,see picture)
    ———————————–
  • Four Finger Tap
    (Tap fast with four fingers but don’t click the touchpad)
  • Four Finger Click
    (Click the touchpad with four fingers)
  • Four Finger Swipe Down
    (Swipe down with four fingers. The original apple four finger swipe down  has to be DISABLED if you want to use this)
  • Four Finger Swipe Up
    (Swipe up with four fingers. The original apple four finger swipe up has to be DISABLED if you want to use this)
  • Four Finger Swipe Left
    (Swipe left with four fingers. The original apple four finger swipe left has to be DISABLED if you want to use this)
  • Four Finger Swipe Right
    (Swipe right with four fingers. The original apple four finger swipe right has to be DISABLED if you want to use this)
    ———————————–
  • Five Finger Tap
    (Tap fast with five fingers but don’t click the touchpad)
  • Five Finger Click
    (Click the touchpad with five fingers)
  • Five Finger Swipe Down
    (Swipe down with five fingers)
  • Five Finger Swipe Up
    (Swipe up with five fingers)
  • Five Finger Swipe Left
    (Swipe left with five fingers)
  • Five Finger Swipe Right
    (Swipe right with five fingers)
    ———————————–
  • TipTap Left
    (tap with one finger on the touchpad, leave that finger where it is and after a very little time period tap with a second finger on the left of the first finger then release that second finger from the touchpad surface immediately)
    see Video)
  • TipTap Right
    (tap with one finger on the touchpad, leave that finger where it is and after a very little time period tap with a second finger on the right of the first finger then release that second finger from the touchpad surface immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Left
    (First tap with two fingers on the touchpad, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a third finger on the left  of the first fingers and release that finger from the touchpad again immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Right
    (First tap with two fingers on the touchpad, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a third finger on the right  of the first fingers and release that finger from the touchpad again immediately)
    see Video)
  • Two Finger TipTap Middle
    (First tap with two fingers on the touchpad, leave space between those fingers. Then tap with a third finger between the two first fingers and release this third finger again immediately)
  • Three Finger TipTap Left
    (First tap with three fingers on the touchpad, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a fourth finger on the left  of the first fingers and release that finger from the touchpad again immediately)
  • Three Finger TipTap Right
    First tap with three fingers on the touchpad, leave those fingers where they are and after a very little time period tap with a fourth finger on the right  of the first fingers and release that finger from the touchpad again immediately)
    ———————————–
  • Scroll Up (+modifier)
    (This only works in combination with a modifier key (fn/ctrl/alt/cmd), it is useful for e.g. adjusting the volume or brightness. You have to press the chosen modifier key and scroll  up with your magic mouse at the same time)
    Sensitivity can be set in the touchpad tab in the preferences and there in the sub-tab “Scroll & Zoom & Rotate”
  • Scroll Down (+modifier)
    (This only works in combination with a modifier key (fn/ctrl/alt/cmd), it is useful for e.g. adjusting the volume or brightness. You have to press the chosen modifier key and scroll  down with your magic mouse at the same time)
    Sensitivity can be set in the touchpad tab in the preferences and there in the sub-tab “Scroll & Zoom & Rotate”
    ———————————–
  • Rotate Left
  • Rotate Right
    Replace the apple rotate, apple rotate gestures has to be ENABLED, can be configured here (how sensitive it is and how long it can’t be repeated after it has been done once):

    ———————————–
  • Pinch In
  • Pinch Out
    Replace the apple pinch/zoom gesture. Apple pinch/zoom gestures has to be ENABLED in order to use this. Can be configured as as shown in the screenshot above.
    ———————————–
  • 11 Finger Tap
    Thats just for fun ;-) May also trigger if you swipe with your whole hand over the touchpad.

Predefined Actions

  • No Action
    Nothing is done (e.g. useful to block apple gestures in programs where you don’t want them)
  • Use Apple default or do nothing
    Useful if you have redefined a apple gesture globally and still want to have the original apple behavior in some programs.
  • Touchpad Mode On/Off
    Still pretty experimental. Allows you to use the magic mouse like a touchpad. May improve this in a future version.
  • Middleclick
    Performs a middleclick like a normal mouse would do if you hit the middle button/the scroll wheel. E.g. useful to open new tabs by middleclicking on a link.
  • CMD-Click
    Performs a CMD-Click.
  • Leftclick
    Performs a normal leftclick. Useful in combination with e.g. single finger tap left for enabling tap to click.
  • Rightclick
    Performs a normal rightclick. Useful in combination with e.g. single finger tap left for enabling tap to click.
  • Doubleclick
    Performs a doubleclick
  • Zoom In
  • Zoom Out
    Zoom like on the touchpad. Should only be used with the magic mouse or maybe with scrolling + modifier.
  • Expose
    Opens Exposé with all windows
  • Hide All Windows
    Hides all windows. Unfortunately as a sideeffect the BTT Icon will appear in the dock if used.
  • Hide Menubar items temporarily.
    Hides all menubar items. Useful if you have many menubar icons and can’t see them all on you small laptop screen.
  • Show Desktop
    Shows the desktop
  • Application Expose
    Expose with the currents applications windows
  • Application Switcher
    Opens the Application Switcher. Also checkout the special application switcher mode in the tab predefined actions.
  • Spaces
    Shows spaces overview
  • Dashboard
  • opens the Dasboard
  • Open Finder
    will open a new Finder Window if there is none and if there is already a Finder window it will bring this window to front
  • Open Application / File / Script
    Is able to launch applications, open files with their standard application or execute applescripts if they are saved as scpt.
  • Open URL / Open URL with selection
    Open a URL in your Browser. If you put %@ in the URL it will be replaced by the currently selected text.
  • Search selected text with Google
    searchs the currently selected text with google.
  • 3F Swipe Left (Page Back)
    Performs a apple 3 finger swipe left. Does whatever the current app would do with a three finger swipe left the touchpad. Usually used for going a page back in your browser.
  • 3F Swipe Right (Page Forward)
    Performs a apple 3 finger swipe left. Does whatever the current app would do with a three finger swipe right on the touchpad. Usually used for going a page forward in your browser .
  • 3F Swipe Up
    Performs a apple 3 finger swipe up. Does whatever the current app would do with a three finger swipe up on the touchpad
  • 3F Swipe Down
    Performs a apple 3 finger swipe down. Usually used for going a page back. Does whatever the current app would do with a three finger swipe down on the touchpad
  • Sleep Display
    Should sleep the display but doesn’t work on some systems. Will try to fix that sooner or later ;-)
  • Sleep Computer
    Puts your computer to sleep without asking
  • Logout immediately.
    Logs you out immediately ;-)
  • Show Loginscreen
  • Show Hidden Files in Finder
  • Create new file in current folder
    Creates a new txt file in the current folder
  • Start/Stop Moving Window
    Starts or stops the moving of the window under the cursor if any gesture other than single finger touch top, two finger touch top and three finger touch top or TipTaps  is used.
    If one of those gestures is used the window under the cursor will move as long as you leave the fingers touching the mouse
  • Start/Stop Resizing Window
    Starts or stops the resizing of the window under the cursor if any gesture other than single finger touch top, two finger touch top and three finger touch top or TipTaps is used.
    If one of those gestures is used the window under the cursor will move as long as you leave the fingerstouching the mouse
  • Move Window Left
    Moves the window to the left side of the monitor and resizes it’s width to the value defined in the preferences (usually 50%)
  • Move Window Right
    Moves the window to the right side of the monitor and resizes it’s width to the value defined in the preferences (usually 50%)
  • Maximize Window Left
  • Maximize Window Right
    In addition to the move window left/right gestures those will also change the height of the window so that it fills the screen.
  • Maximize Window
    Will maximize the window (really maximize, not like the green zoom button)
  • Window to next Monitor
    Moves the window to the next monitor
  • Maximize to next monitor
    Maximizes the window to the next monitor
  • Restore old window size
    Restores the old size of the window (Try to resize back has to be enabled in the window snapping preferences in order for this to work)
  • Mute
  • Play/Pause
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Previous
    Previous Track
  • Next
    Next Track
  • Brightness up
  • Brightness down
  • Eject
  • Keyboard Illumination up
  • Keyboard Illumination down
  • Page Down
  • Page Up
  • Forward delete
  • End (end of page)
  • Home (beginning of the page)

 

Licenses

Here the licenses of the frameworks BTT uses will be listed.

HIDRemote.m by  IOSPIRIT GmbH (http://www.iospirit.com/)

//
//  HIDRemote.m
//  HIDRemote V1.2 (27th May 2011)
//
//  Created by Felix Schwarz on 06.04.07.
//  Copyright 2007-2011 IOSPIRIT GmbH. All rights reserved.
//
//  The latest version of this class is available at
//     http://www.iospirit.com/developers/hidremote/
//
//  ** LICENSE *************************************************************************
//
//  Copyright (c) 2007-2011 IOSPIRIT GmbH (http://www.iospirit.com/)
//  All rights reserved.


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97 Responses to “New BetterTouchTool Documentation”

  1. 1. Augustine Rodriguez Says:

    Could you please make a printer friendly documentation page for BetterTouchTool?

  2. 2. creedda Says:

    Very Nice application. Any chance you could add support for holding down a keyboard shortcut will perform the action multiple times? Say with volume up/down and brightness? That would make creating keyboard shortcuts for those actions a lot more fluid.

  3. 3. Vic Says:

    Would be nice if you can add your own custom gestures like a Z or what ever! Other than that, great tool!

  4. 4. Sherri Says:

    I am getting very inconsistent results with any gesture. I can do it once and it will work great and then do it exactly the same way again and it will not work at all. I am on a new Macbook Air running Lion. Any suggestions?

  5. 5. robbie biz Says:

    Still having trouble with two-finger left & right swipes on Lion. Is there a conflict going on? I don’t think so.. I notice that the animation of the action doesn’t work in the preview panel. Maybe this gesture is just broken.

  6. 6. Andreas Hegenberg Says:

    @robbie trackpad or magic mouse? I think you may have to adjust the sensitivity here http://d.pr/qm2m

  7. 7. Albert Huh Says:

    Hi!

    Just downloaded your app. First I used it to be able to restore the Snow leopard setting that enables you to switch between applications with a four finger left or right swipe.

    NOW, I would like to figure out if there is a way to program BTT to be able to switch between tabs in Excel with a two finger swipe left or right. The keyboard shortcut on a mac is fn+control+up to switch tab right or fn+control+down to switch tab left. If you can make this happen, there will be oh so many happy excel users.

    Thank you very much

    Albert

  8. 8. Paul Says:

    This app is almost what I was looking for: a way to use the TrackPad as a numeric keypad. A company announced that beginning next month, they are going to sell software to do this & TrackPad-sized transparent overlays with number keys printed on it for $30. For those of us who can 10-key without looking, there’s no need for the overlay and it seems you could add this functionality without much difficulty. Perhaps you cold sell it as a pro version for $10.

  9. 9. Isaac Says:

    What on earth does 11 finger tap do? No one even has 11 fingers.

  10. 10. Allan Says:

    Hey there, I love BTT, but it seems that after doing the latest firmware & software update for Mac OS X 10.6.8, the Sleep Display function no longer works.

  11. 11. Allan Says:

    Quick update to what I just posted. I poked around, and after turning on my screensaver, the sleep display started working, but with a slightly different approach this time. The external monitor loses the connection, and the computer becomes extremely slow responding, turning the display back on. I haven’t seen the screensaver even turn on, so I don’t know why it’s required for “Sleep Display”.

  12. 12. MuppetGate Says:

    This is a must-have for a Mac. Love it.

    Custom gestures would be great though, then I could just use an inverted V to launch Alfred :-)

  13. 13. andrew frustrated Says:

    I’ve read nothing but good things about your BTT. Congrats on developing it. But I’m having lots of problems trying to use it with my Logitech CC wireless mouse and Apple Magic Trackpad. I have to turn off BTT or nothing works properly. I only tried to configure the Trackpad with BTT, not the Logitech mouse.

    Does it have to be completely one or the other, as they don’t seem to get along.
    Running on Intel duo iMac, OSX 10.6.8

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  14. 14. Erica Says:

    I love the idea of this, but it’s barely working for me. I’ve got the magic trackpad and the regular trackpad on my MacBook Pro, and they both have the same problems. I have one gesture set up that works most of the time, but I often have to go back in, delete it, and re-add it to keep it working (triple finger double tap = command-click). Other gestures worked a few times but don’t now, and it doesn’t matter if I re-program them or not. Lion 10.7.2

  15. 15. Ron H Says:

    Great list of gestures to define. The serious limit I see is that apparently only pre-defined actions can be definitions.
    The most obvious example: I’ve highlighted text (in one of many apps), so my finger(s) are on the trackpad. Now I’d like a simple gesture to Copy, so that I don’t need to find command-C on the keyboard. Then I click a location, this app or another. Again, my finger(s) are on the trackpad. Now I’d like a simple gesture to Paste.
    Almost everything on the list of pre-defined actions is something I do once for every 50 times I use Copy or Paste.

  16. 16. Greg N Says:

    There does not seem to a be a way to make a gesture “stick” as long as you have a finger on the magic mouse. I have been trying to set the navigate function using a single finger on the mouse to move around a CAD document. The program simply requires you to hold down the spacebar, click and scroll the mouse with the mouse button held down. Let go of the spacebar and the cursor reappears. I can set the command but the software simply interprets it as a single quick click even when keeping my finger on the mouse surface. Is there any way to do this?

  17. 17. Paul Says:

    Possibly I’m blind, but I cannot find a way to adjust basic scrolling speed with the Magic Mouse. Where is this adjustment hiding??

    Everything else is great.

  18. 18. GS Says:

    For some reason, when I set something to the Middleclick Predefined Action, it doesn’t work. For instance, I tried to make two finger click a Middleclick, and it doesn’t do anything. But if I make two finger click Open Launchpad, it works fine.

  19. 19. Saeed Says:

    Hello and thank you for your awesome software.
    i want to report a bug in version 0.75. I use it in leopard OS.
    I just updated to 0.75 version and now when I click preferences, the page does’nt appear. thanx alot.

  20. 20. mr. ProgMan Says:

    Hello! Thanks for this app. very nice, but can’t use it in iOS Simulator while no custom actions can be made. it would be GREATEST feature for developers.
    Thanks again!

  21. 21. Markoo Says:

    Hi
    Is there any where you can downloaded exported gestures for the trackpad i.e. a preset list of gestures? I just figure I don’t have time to create them, plus someone has surely created a better set than i could ever do! Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Mark

  22. 22. Frieder Says:

    Hi
    Thanks a lot for this brilliant app!!! I use it for magic trackpad and remote with ca. 100 gestures and can’t work without it anymore!

    @ Mark: My preset list of gestures you can download here: http://d.pr/f/FaoX

  23. 23. Peter Says:

    Hi. How can I get this app to make the corner click bottom left on my magic trackpad act as a modifier key. For instance, I would like it to work such that when I click and hold the corner click bottom left on my magic trackpad it will simulate the control key being held down. Then I can two finger swipe up and down to scroll, which will in effect zoom the computer screen up and down. I want to get away from having to hold down the control key on my keypad every time I want to zoom in and out.

  24. 24. Saman Says:

    Hi,
    I have first generation intel macbook (black macbook). Now I’m using mac osx 10.6.8. how can I use my magic mouse with my macbook? I have BTT 0.74 and couldn’t use any gesture with my magic mouse! what version I should use? any help?
    Thanks

  25. 25. Scott Says:

    Hello,
    Yesterday I uninstalled JiTouch and installed BTT. I am very much enjoying i so far. However, I have one question:

    Every time I (1) turn on my computer or (2) wake it from sleep, the BTT preference pane opens. I have BTT set to “Hidden” in System Preference > Users > Login Items. However, the BTT preference pane continues to open and I really have no need to review it, so I have to continually close the window.

    Is there a way to stop the BTT preference pane from opening like this?

    Thanks for any help,
    Scott

  26. 26. Luke Says:

    the native pinch in/pinch out gestures do on my new macbook pro does not work within applications such as word, acrobat, etc., so I’m trying to use BTT to remedy that. I just want pinch in to zoom in, pinch out to zoom out, in microsoft word, excel etc. seems like pretty basic functionality, but to my consternation I find that “zoom in” and “zoom out” are not available as predefined actions for trackpad, only for magic mouse. What gives? Am I just missing something?

  27. 27. Art Says:

    Just got a trackpad, and I love BTT, it’s made my life so much easier. But I do have a problem with it.

    I’ve assigned ‘3 finger tap’ to ‘middelclick’ and when I use it, it waits for about a second before it’s actually executed. Not only is the lag annoying, it also means that if I move the cursor slightly during that delay there may be a different link or tab underneath the cursor when it’s executed, causing the wrong link to be opened/tab to be closed.

    If I use the same settings on my magic mouse, it IS executed instantaneously.

    Is this a problem with the settings on my trackpad, and if so, what should I change? Or is it a bug in BTT?

    Thanks for any help, and of course for BTT itself

  28. 28. Jim Says:

    Hi –
    Love just got a request “Better touch tool wants to access confidential information in your keychain”. I declined this. Any reason why I should accept it?
    Cheers
    J

  29. 29. Andreas Hegenberg Says:

    @Jim which version of btt are you running?

  30. 30. Jim Says:

    .781 :)

  31. 31. Rudi Says:

    All I want is best settings for fixing the crazy scroll you get with InDesign and the Magic Mouse. Real simple, nothing fancy. It would be great if there were a one-click setting to implement this.

    So — where do you recommend I start?

  32. 32. Zade Says:

    Thanks for the awesome software! Is there a way to attach a keyboard shortcut to a service? I often right-click a file, then choose Services > Add to iTunes.

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  34. 34. Sikso Says:

    Hi Andreas,

    I do not get the trackpad 3 fingers swipe left or right to work. Im am using Version 9.2.1 on a Macbook Pro with 10.8.2. I defines the gestures globally and later also application specific for Firefox as previous an next. All checkmarks in the trackpad control panel are checked. The gestures are also recognized correctly in the liveview.
    Any idea what I can do?

  35. 35. Guy Says:

    Hi,

    I have a wacom device and would like to test the functionality.
    Do you have a diff beta sw ?
    How should i configure it’s actions ?
    Where should i send my results and feedback to ?

    Well done!!!

    Vago

  36. 36. Jeff Says:

    I’m finding that as I customized my snap areas my ‘command’ button is being set to activate the current application I was working on. Now any time I try to command-click anything, it switches my active app to whatever was set as the default and render my command in that program only. I can’t find any global settings or bettersnaptool settings that indicate why this is and therefore can’t fix it. If I close bettersnaptool the command-button works as it should… can anyone help?

  37. 37. Cloé Says:

    Hey, im searching for the funktion to switch tab in browser. its in jitouch possible with tiptap left / right. cannot find it here? or to close it ,…

  38. 38. Vicky Says:

    Is there a single finger swipe to the right? I wanted to correct Safari reload when going back on a page when using magic trackpad

  39. 39. Stuart Says:

    Great tool! Thanks!
    I’m trying to map the escape key to the close emails in Outlook. However, when trying to record the escape key, it escapes the focus from the field, so I can’t record the shortcut. CTRL-ESCAPE works, but not ESCAPE. Is there a trick to get it to work?

    Thanks again for a fantastic tool.

  40. 40. SeB Says:

    I’d like to know if this tool allow moving windows between workspaces ?
    Thanks.

    SeB.

  41. 41. Van Says:

    This is truly one of the most proficient tools for Macs, fantastic job! I love it!

    2 short questions if you won’t mind:

    1. Is there a way to create customized gestures?

    E.g. Double left Tip + 2 finger tap

    2. Is there a way to ‘Open With’ application when a file is selected?

    E.g. Sometime you may want to view an image and sometimes to edit it. It’d be nice to either open a selected image with Preview or Photoshop using simple gestures.

  42. 42. Van Says:

    My mistake. Please scratch #2. =)

  43. 43. DaveC Says:

    Hi
    I have searched documentation but can’t find out why when I drag a window to the sides (top, bottom and sides ) of the screen a large red framed box appears, is this a bug or is it used for some purpose.
    I am running BTT on Mountain Lion on an iMac

  44. 44. David Says:

    Are there any plans to support Parallels integration? It would be great if I could seamlessly control all my Windows windows like I do my Mac ones etc…

  45. 45. Simon Says:

    Hi there,

    Is there a way to assign multiple keys to a task?

    For example, I would like to use a four finger swipe to toggle a window configuration in Pro Tools, of which the shortcut is:
    .1*
    for config 1
    .2*
    for config 2

    Any help appreciated…

    Thanks, Simon

  46. 46. Martinho Says:

    Hi there.

    Thank you so much for this app.

    I’m using 4 finger swipe (up to desktop and down to mission control) but after 4 fingers swipe (up or down) i have to wait like 1-2 seconds before i can do another swipe.

    Is there a way to speed up the response time between swipes?

    Thanks,
    Martinho

  47. 47. Jonni Says:

    @Art / Anyone having a trouble with a small delay after 2 or 3 finger tapping.

    System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom > Disable “Smart Zoom”

    This will make 2 and 3 finger tapping a lot snappier, at the expense of the “double tap with two fingers to zoom in” like on iOS – not as useful on OS X.

  48. 48. Stefan Says:

    Hi,
    I’m using BTT with my MBP 13″ and I really need to simulate a middle click for a CAD Software.
    Just clicking works fine, but I also need to hold the middle click. Is there any way to make this possible?

    Thanks a lot!

  49. 49. Quinatzin Says:

    Hi, I got a Macbook Pro, I just installed the BBT and I’m having problems setting the three-finger left / right swipe gesture. I can’t find the command on the “predefined Action” list, how can i set it? is possible?

    I have a Mac book in which I use BBT, in this one I have the three-finger left / right swipe gesture and it works amazing.

    Any help will be appreciated

    Thanks Quina
    Sorry my bad english.

  50. 50. Mario Martinez Says:

    Hi:
    I have tried emailing you, BBT is the best, however is missing the thumb gesture, which is the only reason I use jitouch, for anyone that has use the thumb gesture to switch application, will never go back to using anything else for this action. It is the simplest gesture and to use it for the most used action makes sense. Please incorporate the thumb in BBT.
    Thank you
    Mario

  51. 51. michal Says:

    How do u put the acceleration off in the mouse speed?

  52. 52. Ben Says:

    My search with google and open URL actions dont work. They dont do anything. I’m using the most updated version of Safari and have it set to do it when I do Option + Click, but have tried with other gestures as well. It’s a problem with the actions, not the gesture. Any ideas?

  53. 53. Jonny Says:

    Hi,

    I can’t find out how to disable dragging when I have single finger tap for left click enabled on my magic mouse. The dragging really gets in the way, is there an option to disable dragging?

    Thanks

  54. 54. Dave Says:

    I bought better snap tool and love it. I download and use BTT on my MB Air. On my Mac Mini with wireless trackpad, I cannot seem to get “predefined BTT gestures”. I thought they came with the download and somewhat overwrote the existing base OSX gestures. . . Am I just missing something? I am using the latest release of your BTT from today 8/9/13

  55. 55. Shane Says:

    Is there a way to set the maximum width for tiptaps, or a dead zone. I absolutely love BTT but there is one area it keeps surprising me, which is when I am typing occasionally the base of my thumb (where it meets my palm) will touch the trackpad. When this happens on both hands BTT registers it as a tiptap on the extreme left, and extreme right side of the trackpad which would be a pretty weird tiptap. This usually causes me to change tabs in whichever app I am using and a moment of confusion before I remember that while I was typing a tiptap was just registered, without me ever meaning to even touch the trackpad.

  56. 56. Sigmund Says:

    Hi Andreas,

    I’ve been using BTT for long time. And it’s really handy! Just Wondering that do you need someone to help you to translate it to Chinese? If you would like to, I’ll be more than happy to help you, and it’s free of charge :)

    Regards,
    Sigmund

  57. 57. peter rhines Says:

    Any way to simply remap the keyboard for Pages in iWork 09?… need
    subscript and superscript simpler than the hard wired CMD CTRL MINUS and CMD CTRL SHIFT PLUS
    Macbook Pro 09 Snow Leopard (soon ‘up’grading to MT LION).
    The shifted keyboard option is great for us greek equation writers but simple sub- and superscripts should be easier.

  58. 58. Michael Says:

    Ok it’s free but aren’t there built-in gestures ready set in BTT for LEAP?

    I just want to use it.

    Yes, I’m lazy :-/

  59. 59. vlad Says:

    Guten Tag!
    Danke f. BTT – ist großartig und sehr nützlich.
    Hoffentlich können Sie dazu Abhilfe schaffen:-)
    BTT v. 0939, Snow Leopard mit allen updates. Bei SL werde ich noch eine ganze Weile bleiben – und BTT auch nutzen. Shotcuts hören auf zu funktionieren, einfach so, nach einer Weile nixtun. Nach restart, ist wieder OK eine Zeit lang.
    Gibt es keine Updates daraauf?

  60. 60. Jinx Says:

    I’m trying to use this program with WITCH, which is launched with option + tab. Of course, the predefinitions for this program do not let you use tab at all for programming touchpad gestures. Bizarre considering ManyTricks are able to assign option + tab in their “Five Witch Tips”. All this downloading of programs that don’t work translates into torture-laden self flagellation. We need more touchpad gestures than shift, fn, control, option and cmd. Until that time, I cannot run either WITCH or BTT. Eight hours later, still not functioning (fn’ing) as I need to be tabbing…

  61. 61. Thibault Says:

    Hi,
    The three fingers swipe left/right can’t work in finder..

    Very sad :(

  62. 62. Kristof Says:

    I really like BTT. But is there some possibility to repeat an action as long as a key or button on the apple remote is pressed. And stop after the key is released?
    This would make navigating with the apple remote and BTT much easier.

    Regards
    Kristof

  63. 63. Jinx Says:

    Thanks to Rob who helped me figure out how to use BTT with Witch. Everything is now functioning.

  64. 64. James Says:

    I’d love a way to use my trackpad to CMD+Drag a file (move) without using the CMD key.

  65. 65. Tobi F. Says:

    Can I get the program in German language?

  66. 66. Yamada Says:

    I have deleted Finder by mistake.
    Because application does not have Finder, I cannot bring it back.
    Please tell me the method that the item can bring back Finder.
    Thanking you in advance.
    I am weak in English. I’m sorry.

  67. 67. lavon wiseman Says:

    how to stop accessibility dialog from continuing to pop up after deleting program?

  68. 68. Andreas Hegenberg Says:

    @lavon, if you deleted it, it is definitely not able to pop up anything ;-) (you did quit it?)

  69. 69. John Smith Says:

    How the heck do I get the feedback pop-up from “popping-up” every time I open my computer??? I have left feedback but it keep popping up. Help.

  70. 70. Don Says:

    It’s a big let down, to have watched the demo video in Leap Motion’s store, and then to install the app and find out that nothing actually works as shown in the video, without a complex and undocumented setup process.

    Is there some reason there are no defaults defined out of the box?

  71. 71. mike Says:

    i second what Don says.. is it not possible to have a downloadable bank of presets that already work? its really tricky to set up… presets can then be custom configured :)

  72. 72. James Says:

    Why can’t I pick 2f scroll as an option under mimic gestures? I only see 3f scroll. Thanks!

  73. 73. Gabriel Says:

    I can’t seem to get the warnings for the battery level of my magic mouse. Is this normal? I think it is the second time I really need my mouse for work and then battery goes to 0% without warning me. I love the tool, but would like this warning to show!
    Thanks,

  74. 74. Benjamin Dahl Says:

    Please add a scroll action for normal mice. I’d like to scroll left/right with the tilt mouse wheel function of my logitech m325 mouse. Tilt left is button 4, tilt right is button 5. I’d like to use these to scroll left and right.

    Cheers

    Benny

  75. 75. Maciej Says:

    How to use normal mouse scroll up/down? It doesn’t catch those events when I hover on the capture field.

  76. 76. Keith Says:

    Is there a way for swipe to repeat a key press combination? For example right now I have a 3 finger swipe down triggering a ‘command =” action. However it only does one ‘command =’ for each swipe. I would like it to repeat the keyboard shortcut continually until I stop swiping. I looked through the docs but didn’t really see anything like that. Thanks much.

  77. 77. Lucio Says:

    I’m the Magic Mouse and I’m trying to disable the two and tree finger scrolling at Advance > Mouse > Swipes and checked the options to disable them but doesn’t work. Any one can help me that? Thanks

  78. 78. ohtang Says:

    from mac os 10.8 to 10.9,when safari is fullscreen,if you swipe app to others just like email,then can not return to safari with your btt set ?menubar will return to safari but screen is still email? I’m chinese?please return me ?thanks?

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  80. 80. Charlie Ellis Says:

    Hi Andreas
    Congratuations on Better Touch Tool – it’s brilliant and so much better than Spark, which I’ve used up to now.

    BUT… If I try to set the F14 or F15 keys as shortcuts, it tells me “The key combination “F14″ can’t be used because it’s already used by a system-wide keyboard shortcut. (If you really want to use this key combination, most shortcuts can be changed in the Keyboard & Mouse panel in System Preferences.)”.

    But I can’t find any mention of F14 and F15 in the Keyboard & Mouse panel in System Preferences. I’m on a 27″ iMac with the latest Mavericks.

    Spark lets these keys be used as shortcuts, so it’s obviously possible. Can you suggest any way around this?

    Cheers and thanks in advance
    Charlie

  81. 81. Kaske Says:

    Hi Andreas,

    BetterTouchTool is excellent. the only thing I experienced it sometimes doesn’t open on login (I have a lot of apps opening on login, but I’m using pretty fast laptop so it shouldn’t be an issue).

    Does anybody know is it possible to SWITCH TO open application via keyboard shortcut (currently I’m using a predefined action OPEN APPLICATION instead)?

    Thank you.

  82. 82. John Smith Says:

    I use X1, the search tool. When I am in a different file or app (Outlook, for example) and “pinch out” to make it bigger, X1 is triggered and comes up. Any thoughts on how to make this stop? I don’t know if it’s a native Mac issue, X1 or BTT. Also, I’m using it in Parallels when I’m in Outlook.

  83. 83. Sev Says:

    Awesome app! Please add normal mouse scroll wheel actions!

  84. 84. Takashi Says:

    Hi.
    I want to assign keyboard shortcut.
    The key is VK_NONCONVERT(keycode:1D).
    But BTT cannot assign that key.
    How can I assign that key?

  85. 85. Brendon H. Says:

    Hello Andreas.
    I am a user and fan of your BetterTouchTool app. I have set up some keyboard triggers ok, but am having trouble with one… I want to configure that when pressing ‘control’ and ‘1’ keys together, that this executes ‘Move To Trash’ when a Finder item is selected.
    I tried BTT ‘Trigger menubar menu-item’ with “Finder;File;Move To Trash” but this has not worked. What would you suggest?
    Many thanks.

  86. 86. Anton Says:

    Hey,
    how can I setup BTT to ignore the number of fingers during click and drag operations? Without BTT I can drag stuff by click and hold, while two additional fingers resting on the mouse. But I’m not able to reproduce this behavior with BTT running.
    Many thanks.

  87. 87. mosi Says:

    How do I uninstall / remove / delete Bettertouchtool ?
    Tried LEAP, but there is no uninstallation instructions!!!

    I mean: how to get my OS X to the state before installation?
    Searched everywhere, no solution in sight.

    Thank you.

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  90. 90. Keyburner Says:

    If I try to set the F14 or F15 keys as shortcuts, it tells me “The key combination “F14? can’t be used because it’s already used by a system-wide keyboard shortcut but there isn’t configured or setup by the system … How can I solve this? (Park allow using this key without problems)

  91. 91. Andreas Hegenberg Says:

    @Keyburner next version will probably allow you to set them (hopefully out on sunday)

    Best,
    Andreas

  92. 92. Jaime Urquijo Says:

    Great app. Congratulations!
    Two comments:

    a) “Leftclick green window button” to “Maximize window” in Finder windows leave a subtle line below the Menu Bar and the maximized window. This appears elegant to me. However in other apps (i.e. MS Excel, Powerpoint…) the maximized window appears to be overlap with the Menu Bar. Is it posible to have the first behavior in all cases?

    b) Some apps (like iTunes), don’t learn the predefined action. Is it possible to solve this?

    Thanks in advance.

  93. 93. Hongcheng Says:

    Hello, I cannot find the zoom in and zoom out options in predefined action. The version I am using is 0/9985. Has those functions been removed?

  94. 94. Rob Says:

    I’m getting an error where BetterTouchTool tells me a key combination can’t be used because it’s in use by a system wide keyboard shortcut – but here’s the thing: I’ve been using this key combo for ages with BTT. This morning, I decided to swap two key combos: command F1 and command F2. But when I did, command F1 started giving me this error. I’ve been using command F1 with BTT for well over a year. Now I’m getting an error. I tried restarting BTT and even restarting my Mac. I made sure command F1 wasn’t in use in keyboard prefs even though that’s not possible since I’d been using it with BTT. Regardless, I checked just to be sure, and it’s not in use there.

    I’m stumped!

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  96. 96. Peyman Says:

    update to 10.10.2 and there is a conflict between BTT and Swipe fullscreen apps

  97. 97. burak Says:

    Anyone knowing, how to paste link to trigger this action? Right click pops up the option to copy but I cant find a way to paste it.

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