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Touch Bar Simulator

The macOS Touch Bar Simulator as a standalone app

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Sindre Sorhus
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@sindresorhus · Maker · macOS Developer · Open-Sourcerer
I recently got into macOS development [0] and Swift, and I'm currently working on an app where I want to support the Touch Bar. I don't have the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, so I was stuck with having to launch the simulator from inside Xcode. I built this app to make it easier to code and design for the Touch Bar. Not everyone has or even wants Xcode installed, for example, designers, non-developers, or developers making apps with Electron (which now supports the Touch Bar). This app bundles the Touch Bar simulator at build time so users don't need to have Xcode installed. It also adds a handy screenshot button. I'm happy to entertain other useful features. Note that it requires macOS 10.12.2 or later. It's of course open-source. Contributions welcome! :) [0]: https://www.producthunt.com/post...
Honey Raj Varma@raj_ventures · Raj Ventures, R&Ds, Internetechs
@sindresorhus you had me at "I recently got into macOS development [0] and Swift..." - thats great, how long have you been learning?
Sindre Sorhus
Maker
@sindresorhus · Maker · macOS Developer · Open-Sourcerer
@raj_ventures About 3 months.
Lisa Dziuba@lisadziuba · Swift Learner & FlawlessApp.io Founder
That's a very good alternative to buying a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 😂
DonRIF Games@donrifgames · DonRIF Games, indie game/app developer
@lisadziuba LOL exactly my thought! :D
Johnny Lin@johnnylin · 🐶
@lisadziuba haha this was actually my situation. i was considering getting the new MBP after the superb Apple marketing videos... but after trying the touch bar in Duet Display, it was easy to see the touch bar wasn't for me. saved $1990.00 :)
Lisa Dziuba@lisadziuba · Swift Learner & FlawlessApp.io Founder
@johnnylin lol :) you Apple marketing almost got you!
Ahmed@geek_1001 · iOS/macOS Engineer. Founder of Flawless
Looks great! QAs and Designers could use this simulator to test Touch Bar support without installing Xcode and stuff. Screenshot button also would be useful for them 😉 Well done!
Thomas Chrétien@tchret · user.headline
@sindresorhus I'm a big fan of the simplicity of your first mac app, Battery Indicator. Looks like you're getting into mac dev deeply!! I'm curious about the mindset behind these apps
Sindre Sorhus
Maker
@sindresorhus · Maker · macOS Developer · Open-Sourcerer
@tchret I'm starting out by solving my own problems. Both Battery Indicator and the next app I'm working on, are apps I really want to use myself. I approach app development by thinking - How simple can I make this app while still solving the 95% use-case? I deliberately try to have as few settings as possible, as most users just want a great experience than having to configure one themselves.
Sam Verschueren@samverschueren
Works very well! Especially with an external monitor, dock on one screen, touch bar on the other!