This week we collaborate on songs in the “Google Docs for music,” edit video in Darkroom, block the Touch Bar from accidental taps, and gain other essential tools. These are the best apps and updates of the week.
Things adds trackpad support
Things is a great to-do and task-manager app, and its developers are always quick to adopt the latest iOS innovations. This time it’s trackpad support. Now you can swipe tasks. Plus, all the interface elements respond to the iPad’s mouse pointer. There are even custom contextual menus for pretty much everything. This is a solid update to a great app.
Download: Things from the App Store (iOS)
Even if you love the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, you probably still get super-annoyed every time you tap it by mistake. Bar None is a small, free utility for the Mac that blocks all input to the Touch Bar, unless you are holding down the Fn key. That’s it.
Download: Bar None from Shaun Inman
Darkroom got updated this week, and the amazing iOS photo-editing and cataloging app now does video. Anything you can do with a still photo, you can now do with a video — from filters to crops to curves to … everything. There’s really no difference. Just tap a video thumbnail and you’re viewing it, but you are also editing it. It’s an amazing update.
Price: Free download with in-app purchases
Download: Darkroom from the App Store (iOS)
Soundation Collab Live
Soundation’s new Collab Live is a web app that puts multiplayer music editing into the browser. That is, you and a group of musicians can work on a song, just like working in Google Docs. It’s not Logic Pro X, but the features are surprisingly good for a multitrack recording app that runs in the Chrome browser.
Currently in open beta, Collab Live is free for one collaboration at a time.
Price: Free tier with subscriptions
Download: Collab Live (Chrome)