Friday, September 8, 2023

xGestures 1.9.2

Golly gee whiz! There's a new version of xGestures, version 1.9.2! As always, you can download it here:

This update doesn't add any new features, but it fixes a bunch of important stuff, some of which had been bothering me for years. Why I waited this long to fix these bugs is a mystery to me. I know that people have a way of tolerating and getting used to little bugs and annoyances in apps that they love, and I think I was doing that with xGestures. But then a little while later I had this "lightbulb over the head" moment where I was like, wait a minute, this is my app, why don't I just fix the damn thing?

This version also seems to work just fine in macOS Sonoma, at least according to a friend who's been running the beta for a few months now.

Here are the fixes:

  • Fixed application Exposé in macOS Ventura
  • Perform Keystroke action can now type keystrokes involving the numpad or navigation keys (e.g. arrow keys, home, end, etc.)
  • Fixed bug where sometimes a gesture would get "stuck" down
  • xGestures no longer freezes indefinitely when interacting with apps that have unresponsive UI
  • Fixed rendering bugs when drawing a gesture path
  • Fixed gestures being misdetected due to small movements from certain mice with high refresh rates (e.g. the MX518)
  • Fixed erroneous rocker gesture that could occur after switching away from an app that has gestures disabled

The big one for me is the whole "gestures getting stuck" thing. That was quite annoying, and there was no real rhyme or reason to why it happened. That should be fixed now. The other big one is xGestures becoming unresponsive as it tries to interact with an application that's locked up. That shouldn't really happen any longer either (though xGestures might still lock up for a half second or so before its query to the aforementioned locked up app times out). Overall this seems to make it a lot more pleasant to use. Enjoy!