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The best trackpad-supporting, Touch Bar-disabling and music-collaborating apps this week


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You won't believe how great this week's apps are.
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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' custom contextual menus.
Things’ custom contextual menus.
Photo: Cultured Code

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.

Price: $19.99

Download: Things from the App Store (iOS)

Bar None

Banish unintended Touch Bar taps.
Banish unintended Touch Bar taps.
Photo: Shaun Inman

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.

Price: Free

Download: Bar None from Shaun Inman


Now you can use Darkroom's powerful photo tools on your videos.
Now you can use Darkroom’s powerful photo tools on your videos.
Photo: Darkroom

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

Collaborate, and listen.
Collaborate, and listen.
Photo: Soundation

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)


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