The trackpad application is an excellent replacement for these types of devices: if you have a Mac, and you have an iPhone or iPad, just download the software from the App Store to have a complete trackpad. Cursor movement, single and even multi-finger gestures: The Trackpad is a great way to exercise control over your Mac.
It is not that the applications that transform the mobile into a mouse are unknown as there are a varied number of them in the mobile shops. Even so, there is always room for development that not only allows you to move the mouse cursor, but also transform your smartphone into a real trackpad. Because, if the iPhone’s screen is touch-sensitive, and it has a large surface area… Why not plug your phone into your Mac and have a complete control peripheral? That’s exactly what The Trackpad is all about, we’ve tested it.
The best substitute for a physical trackpad for the Mac
The Trackpad is a new application that works in two parts: on the one hand, you need the app of the same name that you download from the Apple store; on the other hand, you need install the software that acts as a serverThis is downloaded to the Mac from the website of the developer, Hugo Lispector. Once you have both applications, you only need to connect your mobile device to the computer by USB cable and activate the MacOS accessibility tools.
One of the current drawbacks is that the connection between devices is not wireless, so the cable is essential. Still, it’s not too annoying, especially when using an iPad as a controller (the surface of the phone is more limited, so it’s easier to trip over the cable.
Apart from moving the cursor by dragging your finger across the screen, and executing the clicks with one touch, The Trackpad incorporates the multi-touch gestures common to this type of Apple-manufactured peripheral (and on the MacBook trackpad itself). You can use vertical scrolling on websites with two fingers, switch desks by scrolling four fingers horizontally, display your desktop by performing the reverse pinch gesture with four fingers, and even open Mission Control by sliding up four fingers.
How the application works is almost identical to a physical trackpad. There are no complications in setting it up, there is no need to carry around an extra device to extend the control options and, although the app is paid for, it can be tested free of charge for one week (a payment of 4.49 euros is required to unlock it). After that it will remain active, although in a much more limited way.