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What are the best Touch Bar apps for the new MacBook Pro?
The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is a fascinating and game-changing new feature that allows you to interact with your MacBook like never before. You’ll be able to use it for all manner of built-in apps, but there will be a ton of third-party apps with Touch Bar support as well!
Here are the best apps with Touch Bar support so far!
The biggest name in image alteration, Photoshop’s Touch Bar integration was announced and demonstrated at Apple’s October 2016 event.
With Touch Bar, you’ll be able to alter images in ways that would normally require a bunch of mouse clicks, like changing the color balance or brightness of an image. Instead, you’ll be able to slide along the Touch Bar and watch things change in real time.
- $19.99/month and up – Download now
Also demonstrated at the Mac event was Djay Pro, which lets you mix tracks, scratch, fade, control playback, sample, and much more using just the Touch Bar.
You can mix a whole song using multi-touch and even alter the waveform, right on the Touch Bar. No need to touch the trackpad.
If you’re an amateur DJ or just want to see what it’s all about, check it out!
- $69.99 – Download now
Final Cut Pro X
The widely used video-editing app will receive Touch Bar support, allowing you to easily scrub through your timeline, adjust audio, fine tune your cuts, and much more, all on the Touch Bar.
Most folks are likely used to using hot keys already and probably won’t change their ways, but for people just start out with FCP, the Touch Bar offers a very accessible foray into editing.
- $399.99 – Download now
The iWork suite is great, but many folks prefer Microsoft Office, so it’s awesome that Microsoft has added Touch Bar support to the Office suite.
You’ll be able to use brand new features in apps like Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. For example, the Touch Bar will take you into Word Focus Mode, which removes all the commands and ribbons, allowing you to better focus on your Word document.
In Powerpoint, you’ll be able to manipulate graphic elements, reorder things on the fly, and more.
You’ll also be able to perform all the most popular functions of Outlook right from the Touch Bar, like sending email, replying, attaching documents, and more!
- $149.99 and up – Download now
1Password helps you store all of your passwords in one spot and keeps them secret, keeps them safe.
With Touch Bar supports, you’ll be able to create a secure note or password at the tap of a button, and only you will be able to see your 1Password account, thanks to Touch ID! You’ll even be able to create logins for many popular sites, just by tapping their logos on the Touch Bar — no browser needed.
1Password gets more secure and more convenient, thanks to Touch Bar support.
- $89.99 – Download now
Sketch, the vector drawing app, is for designers who like a breezy workflow, and the new Touch Bar is going to help make that workflow even breezier.
You’ll be able to switch colors and shapes on the fly, as well as many more features. We’ll update when things are solidified!
- $99.99 – Download now
It’s quite apparent that the Touch Bar will benefit artists the most. What’s your favorite third-party app with Touch Bar support?
Let us know in the comments below!