Monday, February 9, 2015

I'm not dead, and neither is xGestures!

Hello to the few people that read this!

Sorry I've been completely neglecting my website and xGestures. I have a lot of other stuff on my plate these days, not the least of which is the paid work I'm doing, so after all is said and done I have almost no free time and energy to continue working on xGestures.

That said, I still use it and rely on it every day, so I won't let it completely waste away. If you're a dedicated user of xGestures, you can take some solace knowing that I can't live without it either, so if it totally breaks, I'll have no choice but to fix it or risk being driven to madness by a world bereft of mouse gestures.

Concerning OS X 10.10 Yosemite: xGestures *does* work in it, if you perform some steps to make it allowed to use OS X's accessibility features, which most of the gesture actions require. Here's how to do it:
  1. Find the xGestures.prefpane file (located in either ~/Library/PreferencePanes or /Library/PreferencePanes)
  2. Right click and pick "Show package contents"
  3. Open Contents / Resources
  4. Next open System Preferences / Security & Privacy
  5. Pick Privacy tab
  6. Select Accessibility
  7. Click lock, enter an admin password
  8. Drag xGestures.app from the Resources folder onto the list of applications in the Accessibility section
  9. Make sure the checkbox next to it is checked
  10. If xGestures is already listed in the Accessibility section and it's still not working, try removing xGestures from the list and adding it again.
I've also started working on a new version that fixes this bug, but half of the users I sent it to said it doesn't fix it, so I still have more work to do. Hopefully at some point soon I'll actually be able to release it.

18 comments:

Ken said...
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Ken said...

Thank you! Weird thing: xGestures doesn't appear when I drag it into the list in Accessibility, but it works anyway after that.

So awesome to have xGestures back!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping it alive. I'm using xGestures everyday since Tiger.

Yahya Bell said...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for this post. I left a few emails about getting it to work in Yosemite. Thanks so much for an awesome product. I really can't live without it.

Sixten said...

Yesssss it works again! Great!
Xgestures seriously improves and speeds up workflow.
Please keep developing it!

Sixten said...
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Ed said...

Glad it's still alive. I've used it every day for who-knows-how-long. Have had no issues with Yosemite so far thankfully.

Anonymous said...

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ts jang said...

Good to see you again, Brian.

So, I didn't receive Xgestures's serial number. It was already purchased.
I sent to your address that 'guygizmo@gmail.com'. and My address is 'jajanga@gmail.com'. please Check your e-mail.

ts jang said...
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Anonymous said...

Reading this makes he happy that Xgestures is still alive. I literally use it every single day so it's special to me. :)

Waseem Yaqoob said...

Thank you! Really great to hear that Xgestures will be kept alive – I use it every day, and for people like myself with RSI unable to use Apple's trackpads and gestures, it’s a godsend.

Mattias Hällkvist said...

Yay, awesome news! I am so much slower without mouse gestures!

I have a bug report: Rocker gestures only work once, then they don't trigger!

Do you want me to report this somewhere else?

walterw said...
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Anonymous said...

Any news on xGestures 2.0 or when we can expect to see it?

xGestures is the only app in its class. It's indispensable, but it's starting to show its age.

I'm looking forward to an xGestures refresh in the near future!

Dan Barnes said...

OH ROMEO

gin said...

I'm still waiting.

CNB30 said...

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