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Can a Tablet Replace a 'Book?, Apple Sells 23 MacBooks a Minute, MagSafe Adapter Fix, and More

This Week's MacBook, PowerBook, and iBook News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.01.15

General Apple and Mac desktops is covered in The Mac News Review. iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV news is covered in The iNews Review. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

News & Opinion

Tech Trends

Products & Services

Software

Bargain 'Books

News & Opinion

Could a Tablet Replace Your Notebook?

PC World's Jeff Bertolucci poses the rhetorical question, referencing both Apple's widely rumored tablet as well as several new PC tablets like the Microsoft-HP tablet pitched at CES, the chatter inclining him to wonder if a tablet/slate would work as a suitable notebook replacement.

Bertolucci thinks that for folks who use their laptops and/or netbooks primarily for things like email and casual surfing, a tablet could be a viable alternative, depending, of course, on what the machine's capabilities and form factor turn out to be.

Bertolucci suggests that mobile professionals might find tablets useful for completing online forms, surfing, and sending quick messages, and that student users could benefit from fast, accurate handwriting recognition, but for ones who write a lot of papers, QWERTY keyboards are still the best alternative for long-form writing. Then there are the potential ergonomic issues associated with long term tablet use, again dependent partly on as yet unknown variables.

He concludes that it's doubtful tablets will displace laptops anytime soon. I agree.

Apple Selling 23 MacBooks a Minute

9 to 5 Mac's Jonny Evans reports:

"Apple's selling around 23 MacBooks each minute worldwide, fresh data from its Taiwan-based supply chain suggests.

"Citing industry sources, DigiTimes explains: 'Quanta Computer is expected to ship 3.5-3.7 million notebooks in January 2009 mainly benefiting from shipments of one million MacBooks to Apple.'"

MacBook Subcontractor Expected to Ship Over 3.5 Million Notebooks This Month

DigiTimes' Max Wang and Joseph Tsai report that Taiwan's Quanta Computer is expected to ship 3.5 to 3.7 million notebooks in January 2010, mainly benefiting from shipments of one million MacBooks to Apple, according to industry sources.

The article says Apple shipped about seven million notebooks in 2009 with most of the orders placed to Quanta and some to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), and that according to sources, Apple's monthly order volume to Quanta has also grown from only 300,000 to 400,000 units in the first half of 2009 to one million units in the fourth quarter of 2009. Notwithstanding the first quarter being the traditional slow season, Wang and Tsai say Apple is expected to continue placing orders for about one million units to Quanta in January.

Anticipating Apple's 'Arrandale' MacBook

Cnet's Brooke Crothers says that MacBooks based on Intel's new Core i5 processors are expected to appear in the not-too-distant future and ventures some guesswork as to when, based on his discussions with Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, noting that that "any laptop with a new Core i series processor is going to be faster than a laptop with the previous-generation Core 2 chip."

A potential sticking point is that the mobile "Arrandale" variants of Intel's Core i3 or i5 CPU's incorporate graphics processing integrally rather than in a separate tack-on chipset, as in the past and present with the Core 2 Duo. Full graphics integration with the CPU yields lower power consumption and longer battery life, but it is not compatible with third-party graphics chipsets, such as the Nvidia GeForce 9000-series that Apple has been using in all MacBook products for over a year now.

The Trouble with Touch Screens

PC Mag's John C. Dvorak notes that everyone was talking about touch at this year's CES, but we have a long way to go before it's time to toss the mouse.

Tactility is emerging as this year's major tech trend, says Dvorak - touch screens, touch phones, touch tablets - touch everything, noting that previous touch input initiatives failed because the touch mechanism was just too dissociated from the user - but the iPhone proved something of a watershed, with the whole screen a tableau that can be moved as a whole. Dvorak thinks that if this trend continues to play out as it is now, the mouse may be dead in the long run, but for now traditional computer programs such as spreadsheets, word processors, browsers, and so forth mostly require a mouse, and most people will continue to use a mouse for a long time to come.

Dvorak also observes that there are practical touch input problems that remain to be resolved, including "the grime factor," the lack of pinpoint accuracy (noting that you can't edit photos with a finger as the pointing device), and surface durability over the long term when using pen-style stylus input.

iTablet to Be 'an iPhone on Steroids'

Gizmodo reports that one of their "close Apple connects" who hasn't steered them wrong yet supplied them with more information on Apple's forthcoming tablet, summarizing that the tablet will be basically an "iPhone on steroids."

Handy Visual Guide to Apple Tablet Rumors

Also from Gizmodo, they've compiled all the iTablet/iSlate rumors and present them in a graphic visual guide, color-categorized by the degree of probable likelihood.

Installing a New Drive in a MacBook Pro

Apple Gazette's Kevin Whipps decided to spend some of a chunk of Christmas and birthday cash on a new hard drive for his 15" MacBook Pro, and experienced a few little problems here and there that would have been resolved with a fresh install using Disk Utility and the migration tool. The entire process took about six hours, a mere 5 minutes of which involved the actual physical drive swap.

Unfortunately, things went downhill from there with some software glitches, and Kevin ended up reinstalling the original HD, reinitializing the new drive, and then using Carbon Copy Cloner to transfer the old drive's content to the new one, which also wasn't without some software issues, but more manageable this time.

Corrupt Graphics Around MacBook Windows Reported

MacFixIt's Topher Kessler says that a number of MacBook users running Snow Leopard with older machines with Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipsets have reported a problem where the system shows areas of graphics corruption around windows, manifesting as "a black area of blocky lines in no particular pattern," seeming to be in the area of the window's shaded region, moving with the window when it is moved.

From the description and screenshots of the problem, Kessler suggests this is clearly some sort of incompatibility problem with the GMA graphics drivers in Snow Leopard, so unfortunately a true fix will have to come from an update patch from Apple.

Worldwide MacBook Price Infographic

cmyplay.com says:

"Let's start the year off with an infographic, shall we? While busy searching for the best price for a MacBook, I became curious about the pricing for Apple hardware in other parts of the world. I navigated to all of Apple's official sites and this is what came of it.

"This infographic is a representation of the comparative price for the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz notebook...."

'McGyver' MagSafe Adapter Fix

Macworld's Jeff Porten says there's one area where longtime owners of Mac laptops know Apple's famed build quality often falls short, that being the construction of its power adapters. PowerBooks, iBooks, and MacBooks can last for years happily humming along much as they did on day one, but somehow the AC adapter almost always needs replacement along the way.

After the second MagSafe power adapter (or, more specifically, its power cable) failed on his relatively new MacBook, Porten decided to take a crack at fixing it himself "with parts you'll find at any Starbucks" - to wit: plastic drinking straws plus some Scotch tape.

Tech Trends

Asus Goes Upmarket with Bang & Olufsen Laptop

The Register's James Sherwood reports that Asus has kicked off 2010 with a bang - as in Bang & Olufsen - unveiling a super-stylish laptop sporting speakers and design features supplied by the legendary audio firm.

Sherwood says the Asus NX90 Bang & Olufsen edition laptop looks like a PC from the future, thanks to dual B&O speakers which extend beyond the machine's huge 18.4" 1080p screen and are angled towards the user, dual multitouch touchpads, an Intel Core i7-820QM quad-core processor, up to 12 GB of DDR3 memory (4 GB standard) and Nvidia's GeForce GT335M GPU. Blu-ray too, but the NX90 weighs a whopping 4.8 Kg, or about 10 and a half pounds, giving new meaning to "desktop laptop."

Prices are expected to start at what sounds like a modest $1,800 considering the specs.

Acer Announces 'Arrandale' Laptops Including 3D-Ready Model

The Register's Tony Smith reports that Acer has introduced a pair of new notebooks each equipped with an array of Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processor options and the new HM55 chipset - the Aspire 5740, a 15.6" model, and its 17.3" sibling, the 7740. The 5740 and 7740 use the Intel GMA graphics built into the various processors they come with. That said, Acer is also offering a variant, the 7740G, which relies on discreet GPUs from AMD: the Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or Mobility Radeon HD 5470, depending on model, the latter-mentioned GPU being compatible with TriDef's 3D software.

Products & Services

RadTech OmniStand Portable Aluminum Laptop Stand Available for Preorder

OmniStandPR: RadTech's versatile OmniStand provides several important benefits for notebook computer users; an adjustable desktop and/or low counter stand, an ultra-efficient cooling aid that doesn't require power or tie up a USB port, and a compact form-factor that can be stowed in most any computer sleeve, bag, or pack.

Constructed from rugged heat-dissipating 6013 Aluminum alloy, OmniStand allows a notebook computer to be used as a desktop. OmniStand's four discreet height adjustments provide a total of seven ergonomically-correct working positions that eliminate neck, back, arm and wrist strain in a variety of work environments. The height adjustments also allow for precise alignment with external displays.

But what good is a notebook stand or cooling solution if you can't take it with you? OmniStand folds flat, adding less than 1cm to your load & since OmniStand tips the scales at a feathery 454 grams, you'll barely notice it.

OmniStandFeatures:

  • Allows a notebook computer to be used as an ergonomically-correct desktop
  • Four discrete height adjustments provide seven versatile working positions
  • Allows for precise alignment with external display monitors
  • Provides ideal notebook positioning when working on low or short counters
  • Nonferrous and nonmagnetic - safe for use near high-gauss magnets and magnetic media
  • Folds flat to less than 1cm thick for easy stowage in most any computer bag or pack
  • Provides efficient, power-free cooling - doesn't require a USB port or drain notebook's battery
  • Provides an efficient heat-sink containing over 365 sq. inches of heat-dissipating surface area
  • Constructed from ultra-rugged 6013 Aluminum alloy
  • Ultra-rugged, yet feathery light at only 454g / 16 oz
  • Outstanding 3 year warranty
  • Unmatched quality and durability - 100% made in the USA

OmniStand Specs:

  • Material: 6013 Aluminum Alloy
  • Panel Thickness: 1.5mm / 0.060in
  • Exterior Dims: 257x237x8mm / 10.2x9.3x0.3in
  • Weight: 454g / 16 oz
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Product of USA

Regular Price: $69.95

Intro Price: $59.95

Macally EcofanPro Laptop Stand

  • Ultimate thermal solution to cool down your notebook<BR>
  • Organic and eco-friendly bamboo material for a greener living lifestyle<BR>
  • Compatible with any laptop under 17"

Macally EcofanPro Laptop StandFeatures :

  • Ultimate thermal solution to cool down your notebook
  • Organic and eco-friendly bamboo material for a greener living lifestyle
  • Compatible with any laptop under 17"

Fan Specifications:

  • Power: USB 5V DC
  • Fan speed 2300rpm
  • Connector: USB
  • Noise 23.5dBA

Cable length: 391/4"(100cm)

Dimensions 15"101/4"13/8"(38cm x 26cm x 3.5 cm)

Compatibiliy: Up to 17" Notebooks

Weight 1.3Kg

$39.99

LaCie iamaKey USB Flash Drive: Sturdy Metal Key Design Fits on a Keyring

LaCie iamaKey USB Flash DrivePR: With the LaCie iamaKey, inventive storage meets data protection. The key-shaped design is functional and memorable, and the protection that the LaCie iamaKey offers makes it extremely reliable. Best of all, with its 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB models, you can fit an enormous amount of data in a small flash drive. With the universal USB 2.0 interface, iamaKey can be used with both PC and Macs. USB 2.0 not only offers universal compatibility and cross-platform convenience, but features a hot-pluggable connection and high-speed transfer rates, and is Windows ReadyBoost!" compatible.

With its eye-catching design, the iamaKey certainly stands out, but its connector (Gold SIP) is both water- and scratch-resistant, making it one of the most durable and thinnest USB keys on the market. Protective edges on the connectors ensure that you ll always insert the LaCie iamaKey properly, keeping it usable and safe.

LaCie iamaKey USB Flash DriveSpecifications

  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Windows ReadyBoost compatible
  • Interface Transfer Rate: up to 480 Mbits/s
  • Size: 2.24 x 0.94 x 0.12 in. / 57 x 24 x 3 mm
  • System Requirements :
    • Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista!"
    • Mac OS X v10.3.5 or higher
    • Linux-based system
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited Warranty

Capacities

  • 4 GB $19.99
  • 8 GB $29.99
  • 16 GB $54.99
  • 32 GB $99.99

Wuala by LaCie

  • Secure Online Storage
  • Backup. Store. Share. Access Everywhere
  • All data encrypted on your computer

Have you ever emailed files to yourself or forgotten your memory stick on the go? Do you want to access your files from anywhere? Want to share documents, pictures, or large media files with your friends or family?

If you've answered one question with yes, you should take a closer look at Wuala. Wuala is not just some online storage solution, it's much more than that!

Wuala is . . . innovative

Wuala is based on unique and innovative technology. In stark contrast to other online storage services, Wuala can harness idle resources and store files redundantly in its growing grid network.

Wuala is . . . secure

All data is encrypted and stored in different locations. Your files are encrypted on your computer, letting you define who has access to your folders. Since your password never leaves your computer, no one - including us - can see your private files.

Wuala is . . . powerful

You get fast downloads and no limitations in bandwidth or traffic. Too good to be true? No, our grid technology makes this possible.

Wuala is . . . social

Share your files with friends, family or coworkers. Send a link to your friends, who can access your files instantly. Or create a group to share your files with family or coworkers.

Wuala is . . . convenient

Wuala can be started directly from within the browser or can be installed on Windows, Mac or Linux. Simply drag and drop files or upload files in the background. It's fully integrated into your system, allowing you to edit files directly or to automatically backup a source folder.

Wuala is . . . expandable

You start with 1 GB online storage for free, which can be easily increased. Become a Pro user by buying additional storage or by trading unused local disk space for more online storage.

Wuala at a glance

  • Access files from anywhere
  • Securely store and backup files online
  • Share files with friends, family and coworkers
  • Jointly manage files in a group
  • Backup files automatically
  • File versioning
  • Restore deleted files

LaCie has annual subscription plans ranging from 10 GB for $25 per year, to 1 TB for $1000 per year.

BookEndz Docking Stations for Apple Laptops

PR: BookEndz has been making docking stations for Apple notebooks for years and has docks available for all pre-unibody MacBook Pro models and all MacBook models. They can be ordered through Low End Mac's Amazon.com Store.

Docking Station for 15" MacBook Pro - FireWire 800

The docking station replicates all of the connectors and ports from the sides of the 15" MacBook Pro, routes the connectors to the back of the dock, and uniquely manages the MagSafe power connector. The dock allows for all of the peripheral devices normally connected to the sides of the MacBook - Power, ethernet, modem, video, FireWire 400 and 800, USB, audio in, and audio out to be plugged into the back of the dock and remain plugged in, independent of the computer. Taking the computer from the office or the home, or moving it from one room to another, doesn't require disconnecting and reconnecting several devices. You must use your MagSafe power supply to power up your MacBook Pro. The dock does not supply power but does have a feed-through slot to safely house your MagSafe connector. Your laptop will have 5 ports on the right hand side.

Includes the port for the FireWire 800 model. Second generation MacBook Pro only

Model numbers of Apple laptops compatible with our Docking Station:

BE-MBP15F:

Price: $299.95

Docking Station for Original 15" MacBook Pro

The docking station replicates all of the connectors and ports from the sides of the original 15" MacBook Pro and routes the connectors, to the back of the dock and uniquely manages the MagSafe power connector. The dock allows for all of the peripheral devices normally connected to the sides of the MacBook Pro - Power, ethernet, modem, video, FireWire 400, USB, audio in and audio out to be plugged into the back of the dock and remain plugged in, independent of the computer. Taking the computer from the office or the home, or moving it from one room to another, doesn't require disconnecting and reconnecting several devices. You must use your MagSafe power supply to power up your MacBook Pro. The dock does not supply power but does have a feed-through slot to safely house your MagSafe connector. The laptop will have 4 ports on the right hand side.

Not compatible with the new FireWire 800 model. First generation MacBook Pro only

Model Numbers for Apple Laptops compatible with Docking Station:

BE-MBP15:

Compatible with any 15" MacBook Pro manufactured prior to October of 2006, has a FireWire 400 port only

Price: $299.95

Docking Station for 13" MacBook

The docking station replicates all of the connectors and ports from the side of the 13" MacBook. The dock allows for all of the peripheral devices normally connected to the side of the MacBook - ethernet, FireWire, video, USB, audio in, and audio out to be plugged into the back of the dock and remain plugged in, independent of the computer. Taking the computer from the office or the home or moving it from one room to another doesn't require disconnecting and reconnecting several devices. You must use your MagSafe power supply to power up your MacBook. The dock does not supply power but does have a feed-through slot to safely house your MagSafe connector.

New: This MacBook 13" Includes a Powered USB hub with a total of 5 USB ports and a Full Size VGA and DVI port This Docking Station is the standardized dock for the White or Black 13" MacBooks released in May 2006.

Model numbers of Apple laptops that are compatible with this docking station:

This docking station is compatible with the latest "white" 13" MacBook ($999) released on 10/14/08. It is not compatible with the "aluminum" 13" MacBook.

Price: $159

Docking Station for 13" Unibody MacBook

BookEndz Docking Station compatible with 13" Unibody Apple MacBook released in October 2008. The Docking Station replicates all the connectors and ports from the left side of the 13" MacBook laptop and routes to the back of the docking station. The ports included on the docking station are Gigabit ethernet, USB powered hub which allows for 5 USB 2.0 ports, audio in, microphone in, headphone out, and Mini DisplayPort for your external monitor. You must use your MagSafe power supply to power up your MacBook, the dock does not supply power. An AC/DC power adapter will be included for the USB hub. Taking the computer from the office or home or moving it from one room to another doesn't require disconnecting and reconnecting several devices.

Model numbers of Apple laptops compatible with BookEndz Docking Station:

BE-MB13AL:

Approx Weight: 6.00 lb. / Each

Dimensions (LxWxH): 24.00 x 17.00 x 4.00 in.

First Generation- this Docking Station is NOT compatible with the latest Apple 13" laptop released on June 8th with the SD card and FireWire 800.

Price: $279.95

Docking Station for 17" MacBook Pro

The docking station replicates all of the connectors and ports from the sides of the 17" MacBook Pro and routes the connectors to the back of the dock and uniquely manages the MagSafe power connector. The dock allows for all of the peripheral devices normally connected to the sides of the MacBook - Power, ethernet, modem, video, FireWire 400 and 800, USB, audio in, and audio out to be plugged into the back of the dock and remain plugged in, independent of the computer. Taking the computer from the office or the home, or moving it from one room to another, doesn't require disconnecting and reconnecting several devices. You must use your MagSafe power supply to power up your MacBook Pro. The dock does not supply power but it does have a feed-through slot to safely house your MagSafe Connector

Model numbers for Apple laptop compatible with Docking Station:

BE-MBP17:

This Docking Station is not compatible with the latest 17" Unibody MacBook Pro released in January 2009.

Price: $319.95

STM Convoy Laptop Backpack

STM Convoy BackpackPR: Australia's STM makes some really rugged and innovative computer cases. I've had and used an STM Sport backpack for years, and it's stood marvelously

STM Convoy Backpack with rain coverSafeguard your laptop and other gear inside the rugged STM convoy. Features a concealed laptop compartment to thwart thieves, and a suspended foam cell to fully protect your laptop on all sides. Loaded with utility pockets and compartments with plenty of space for peripherals, books, folders and accessories. And convoy's ergonomic harness system makes a heavy load completely manageable.

Water resistant, light weight canvas provides the convoy with a rugged look and feel, while your laptop enjoys a smooth, luxurious ride - completely surrounded by ultra-plush chenille. A built-in, captive rain cover deploys in seconds, keeping your pack and gear safe and dry.

Available in medium size, which fits most widescreen laptops with 15" and smaller display screens.

Quality where it counts: convoy comes thoughtfully appointed with YKK zippers, duraflex buckle adjustors, high-density padding, load bearing stitching, and high-strength nylon webbing.

STM Convoy BackpackFeatures:

  • Rugged good looks, with tough components to match
  • Concealed notebook compartment thwarts potential thieves
  • Built-in, captive stowaway rain cover
  • Multi-pocket organizer section with pen tubes
  • Large compartment for peripherals, folders and books
  • Five external utility pockets to keep your things organized
  • Internal, detachable key fob keeps your keys and/or flash drives handy
  • Comfortable harness and shoulder straps
  • Built-in Lycra phone pocket conveniently located on shoulder strap
  • Sternum strap and stowaway waist strap - must haves for heavy loads
  • Adjustable elastic tie-down straps on front for clothing, etc.
  • Comfortable, heavily padded carry handle

STM Convoy BackpackSTM Convoy BackpackSTM Convoy Backpack Specs

Exterior Fabric:

  • 14 oz Water-Resistant Canvas

Lining:

  • Cushioned Chenille in laptop space
  • Balance 120d Nylon

Fits:

  • Most Notebooks up to 15"
  • Laptop Space: 37x26x3cm / 14.6x10.2x1.2in
  • External Bag: 50x33x15cm / 19.7x13x5.9in

Color: Olive

Warranty: Lifetime

Product of Australia, Assy. in China

Price: $99.95

Macally IceShell Clear Protective Case for 13" Aluminum MacBook

PR: Two piece snap-on protective clear case

  • Specially designed for your new 13 Aluminum MacBook<BR>
  • Access to all ports and sensors<BR>
  • Protects against dust and scratches<BR>
  • Ventilated rear to minimize heat built-up

Features:

  • Two piece snap-on protective clear case
  • Specially designed for your new 13 Aluminum MacBook
  • Access to all ports and sensors
  • Protects against dust and scratches
  • Ventilated rear to minimize heat built-up

MSRP: $29.99

Sumo Camo Inspired Messenger Bags Unveiled

Sumo Camo Messenger BagPR: Mobile Edge, maker of stylish laptop computer carrying cases and travel accessories, has released four new Sumo Camo Messenger Bags. The exterior material utilizes a random mix of the Sumo logo in various sizes and colors to create a one of a kind urban camouflage pattern.

This new Messenger Bag Collection is both innovative and stylish. Unclasp the main flap and you reveal an ergonomic full length pocket, angled similar to the front pocket of your favorite jeans. The adjustable padded computer compartment allows you to tailor the bag to carry a 9" Netbook or up to a 16" PC Laptop or 17" MacBook Pro.

Sumo Camo Messenger Bag"We feel our design team has created the ultimate Messenger Bag," said G. David Cartwright, President & CEO, Mobile Edge. "This new Collection will continue to expand the laptop case category while complementing our existing Mobile Edge and Sumo branded product lines."

Sumo Camo Messenger BagsOther unique features include a padded shoulder strap that is adjustable on both sides of the bag. This means it does not matter if you are left or right handed, you can easily adjust the strap on the go without taking the bag off your shoulder.

"Our goal was to maintain the basic characteristics of a traditional messenger bag, but make it more compatible for everyday use off of a bicycle," said Jim Hart, Sumo's Founder, "our design is loaded with pockets and other features the average laptop carrying case user is looking for, while keeping it colorful and distinctly SUMO."

The Sumo Messenger Bag Collection comes in four colors, Blue, Red, Silver and Pink Camo, all with a SRP of $79.99 and backed by a lifetime warranty.

Software

Inklet 1.0 Allows Your Trackpad to Emulate a Pen Tablet

PR: Did you ever think your trackpad could be something more?

Inklet allows your trackpad to emulate a pen tablet. When you're using a Pogo Sketch, the trackpad even becomes pressure sensitive.

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The full tablet experience

Moving your Pogo Sketch lightly around the trackpad will allow the cursor to hover without inking. Increase pressure to draw; heavier pressure will result in a thicker stroke.

Handwriting recognition

Inklet works with the handwriting recognition built into OS X. Use your trackpad to jot notes or doodle.

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Advanced palm rejection

Inklet includes an advanced algorithm to detect unwanted trackpad touches. This means you don't have to worry about accidentally resting your palm on the trackpad as you draw.

Ten One Design Ten One Design Inklet is in soft-launch until Jan 12.

Special pre-launch pricing in effect until official Jan 12 announcement.

System requirements:

  • MacBook with multitouch support
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or later

System Support: Intel

$24.95 shareware

Jitouch 2 Adds Gestures to MacBook Multi-Touch Trackpad and Apple Magic Mouse

PR: jitouch is software that adds extra, essential, and the missing gestures to your MacBook Multi-Touch Trackpad and the new Apple Magic Mouse.

The additional gestures in jitouch are thoughtfully designed and tested to let you perform simple tasks even more easily and using only one hand such as moving / resizing windows, zooming, minimizing, closing windows, quitting applications, changing spaces.

jitouch also offers an easier way to open link in new tab, close tab, refresh page, change tabs, and more based on user behavior in today's modern tabbed-browsers.

Principles of jitouch gestures design

  • Only one hand is enough for everything. We want you to be able to use only one hand to perform gestures while the other hand can press shortcut keys, relax, grab a sandwich, you name it.
  • Minimize your fingers movement. We try to think about every possible combination of gestures and how often each command is used and design accordingly to increase your workflow and productivity
  • Why are some gestures kind of hard to perform? You probably don't want to accidentally trigger some sensitive commands such as closing and quitting on random applications. So that's why some gestures are harder to perform than others. Another reason is that we want to keep all the built-in gestures working and not interfere with our gestures and vice versa. However, learning new gestures may take some practice but we're certain that you will get used to them pretty quickly.

Price: $5.99

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