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 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.