IOS engineer and app designer, Erik Olsson, is throwing it back to the 90s by allowing you to transform your Touch Bar into a stage for some cute little green-haired lemmings to walk across. Read: The best Touch Bar apps for MacBook Pro. Here are the best Touch Bar apps you won't find in the App Store! Touch Bar Nyancat. Knight TouchBar 2000. Touch Bar Space Flight. SL on Touch Bar. To add a custom button to your Touch Bar, open the BetterTouchTool preferences window, then head to the “Touch Bar” section. Click the “+ TouchBar Button” tab at the bottom to reveal options for a custom button. You can select an icon and name at the left. Click “Advanced Configuration” and you can pick a color for the button.

  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) support - We are planning to add the PIP support on the Touch Bar to make it easier to watch videos while you are multi-tasking on the web. Web dev tools - We are investigating the best way to add developer tools to the Touch Bar. We want to make it easy for you to pull up the most used actions and tools during web.
  • App Description. We've all been there, placing hands on MacBook's keyboard and unintentionally touching the Touch Bar. This may be very annoying, not to say destructive. Untouch is here to the rescue. When launched and enabled, it makes sure that the Touch Bar is not active.


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Now that you can turn any Mac into a Touch Bar by plugging in Duet, we wanted to shed some light on the best ways to use touch bar.

Drawing & Photo Apps

Photoshop, Pixelmator, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Artistry Photo Pro, Photos, Sketch, OmniGraffle, Drop Color Picker

For users that use their iPad to draw, the touch bar is one of the most compelling features. It allows you to change brush size, colors, and much more without having to go back to your keyboard or computer.

Best Apps For Touch Bar

Add that in with duet's intuitive gestures and touch, and you have a compelling and natural drawing experience.

Music Apps

djay Pro, Logic Pro X

Plenty of musicians love to use duet because it gives them more screen space, whether to perform live or produce music in the studio. With touch bar, you now have touch optimized controls depending on the context.

Even more, you can use multi touch to intuitively apply multiple filters and modifications at the same time in real time using just the touch screen.

Film Apps

Garageband, Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, iMovie

Similar to music apps, utilizing multi touch is one of the most natural ways to interact with a media project. With duet you could already do that on the screen, but with touch bar, you have an interface specifically optimized for your fingers.

How To Put Apps On Touch Bar

This is a great experience for scrubbing, pulling up menus, or making modifications quickly while you are using the viewer on the iPad.

Writing Apps

Ulysses, Day One, OmniOutliner, Blogo, Bear (default support)

When you're in the zone, you want to do one thing: write. It can be quite frustrating to move the mouse around, make changes to fonts, colors, etc. when you are trying to pour your thoughts out.

That's why we recommend using duet with an external keyboard and touch bar. Using touch, you can jump around to any part of the display and make quick edits. With the keyboard, you have only the words to type to worry about. And now with touch bar, you can make complex changes to the document with a simple tap...and get back to writing.

Essential Apps

Safari, Microsoft Office, Keynote, Numbers & Pages, Coda, 1Password, PDF Expert

When you're working you want to work fast. The entire premise of duet is being able to do more, and touch bar for productivity apps help you achieve that.

Best apps for touch bar

Letting the developer pull up common actions that you can tap as you're typing allows you to work faster and accomplish whatever it is you are trying to do. Faster.

Mail & Messaging Apps

iMessages, Mail, Airmail, Spark for Mac, Skype

Apps For Touch Bar

Chatting with friends is meant to be fun and light hearted. Pulling up an emoji with a mouse movement and several precise clicks is objectively not so.

Touch bar here allows you to communicate in a more friendly way.

Planning & To-Do Apps

OmniPlan, OmniFocus, Mindnode, Focus, Productivity Timer, Pomodoro Timer, Opus One, Calendar

A to-do list or planning app is meant for organization. But eventually, you have to get back to work, and touch bar is going to help you do that faster.

How to put apps on touch bar

We've used OmniFocus & Calendar with touch bar and it is a truly beautiful experience. Being able to move faster in the app and figure out what is most important & urgent quickly can't be underestimated.

Anything that can make a to-do list or planning app better or easier to use is going to make sure you stick to the organization system, helping you out in the long run.

How To Add Apps To Touch Bar


We hoped you liked our recommendations and can see different ways the touch bar can help your workflow. If you want to check it out, you can enable it in duet today.

Best Touch Bar Apps For Macbook Pro