I am a shortcut-addict. Right now my drugs of choice are the superb Keyboard Maestro and Apple’s built-in Spotlight. Now that I bought my new (well, new-ish refurbished) Macbook Pro, I’ve been frustrated by my trackpad and the limited vocabulary of available useful gestures and the overwhelming vocabulary of gestures I don’t think I’ll ever actually use.
While Safari’s pinch-to-overview tabs is nifty, it’s slow and annoying. I just want to flip between tabs and I don’t want to have to reposition my hands from their “scroll au natural” baseline.
Enter BetterTouchTool ($7, with adjustable pricing). It’s basically Keyboard Maestro for trackpads and within minutes, I was set up with my new touch-then-tap to flip tabs. It was exactly what I needed and my money was soon winging its way through Paypal.
Like Keyboard Maestro, you can set the scope of the gesture to be universal or a single app. It offers a wide range of gesture customization, and you can set it up to activate menu items, take screenshots, mimic the built-in gestures with different touch styles, and more.
If you want to give it a full test ride, the developer offers a 45 day try-before-you buy. For me, it solved a problem that needed solving, it worked, and I was sold.