Multitouch expansions app: Jitouch vs BetterTouchTools

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  1. sticko macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Has anyone tried Jitouch and BetterTouchTools?

    I love them. But unfortunately I have to use both because JITouch doesn't support built-in gestures for shortcut, i.e: I love to use pinch in/out to zoom in/out in excel. BetterTouchTools support this, but not Jitouch.
     
  2. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using BetterTouchTool for a while now (for Magic Mouse, now on an MBP), however, I just tried Jitouch on my MBP, testing it out for about 2 hours. I find many of its gestures very hard to pull off, even after adjusting finger placement in settings. Many of the gestures not only do not register much of the time, but are not at all ergonomic, forcing you to bend your wrist and contort your fingers to attempt to execute the actions, unlike with OSX and BTT's gestures.

    Jitouch has the much superior site and program UI though. BTT has a slightly confusing UI, and messy site layout--you need to poke around to find videos/instructions for some of the less intuitive gestures. But the developer has a great blog/Twitter, keeping us abreast of all happenings. And the program is frequently updated. And free.

    For me, BTT is the easy winner. Much more powerful, customizable, and feature-rich. There are features that are indispensable, like windows snapping that's actually better than Windows 7's version. And most of the gestures do not force your hand into unnatural positions. It seems to have a few more bugs of recent, but the developer's already said he'll be addressing some of them when he's less busy with his thesis.

    Jitouch is still a great program, but it's just that with BTT around, I haven't come across anything else that can even compete with it yet.

    So now I'll delete Jitouch. Looks like I just right-click it in System Preferences to remove. Then delete it's plist in Home>Library>Preferences. Anywhere else I should look for lingering files? (That plist file is all I find when I do a search of "jitouch.")
     
  3. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    I should also add, the Character Gestures in Jitouch, which is the most unique part of this program and why I decided to try it, are the gestures most difficult to pull off. There's something similar in the latest Synpatics drivers for many Windows laptops, so I thought I'd be able to get some of the functionality on my MBP. The good thing is that Jitouch does away with the extra step of activating an on-screen overlay to prep for the character gesture input, unfortunately it rarely ever registered my character input. When I checked "Enable One-Finger Drawing," then it registered the inputs fairly reliable, but this method requires an extra step to prep for the input and feels a bit awkard.
     
  4. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    Can't say that I've tried Jitouch, however I love BetterTouchTool and rates as one of my favourite freeware apps of all time. The customisation options are great, have yet to find anything that I haven't been able to do with it.

    To the OP and your thing about deleting Jitouch thoroughly, you may want to check out AppZapper, drag an app into it and it finds all the associated files automatically giving you one button to delete them all, paid SW but worth it.
     
  5. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    Jitouch is a preference pane though. Can you drag that into AppZapper? I use AppCleaner, something similar. Can't drag a preference pane into it.
     
  6. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    Ah right, didn't realise it is a preference pane, away from my Mac, BBQ and England vs. Germany awaits, will take a look when I get back to see if I can delete pref panes with AppZapper and let you know.
     
  7. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    I should amend some things I said above. I tried Jitouch a bit more. Turns out it's not as inaccurate as I previously thought. It just takes some time and effort to get used to the precise finger spacing (usually between your middle and ring finger) that registers. Once that's ingrained, you can pull off the gestures pretty reliably, including the character gestures.

    Thanks.
     
  8. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I've looked at AppZapper.

    Can't drag System preference pane apps into it, however if you do cmd+2, it toggles a hit list, along the top is 5 icons: Search, Apps, Widgets, System preference Panes and plug ins, so it would be able to find all the associated files for Jitouch and delete them.
     
  9. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I'll take a look at that program.
     
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Right click on a preference pane icon and an option should appear to remove that pane.

    I like BTT. It's much easier to use and who cares about the messy UI.
     
  11. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    I mentioned that above. It's the other lingering files I was inquiring about.

    Mac users talk about UI all the time. I think it relevant to mention. And it was genuinely confusing to me initially, despite being used to the messy, inconsistent UIs in Windows.
     
  12. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    I just checked AppCleaner again cause of what you said about AppZapper. Turns out it has a similar list at the top. Just overlooked it. So it's just the single plist file I found via Spotlight before, in case anyone else wants to delete Jitouch but doesn't have an uninstaller on their system.
     
  13. mynewromantica macrumors regular

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    I also use both. There a few things that BTT better than Jitouch and vice versa. I have never had any conflicting actions between the programs. If you need what both do then use both. I do and I love it.
     

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