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10.6: Navigate Snow Leopard Stacks with gestures Apps
Navigable stacks in Snow Leopard are a very nice feature, but the lack of gesture recognition is frustrating. Using the free BetterTouchTool, though, navigable stacks are a reality. BetterTouchTool is forked from the ">MultiClutch source. BetterTouchTool is essentially the same as MultiClutch, but it runs without a reliance on InputManagers. As a result, it works great in Snow Leopard, on 64- and 32-bit apps, and on Carbon apps (read: iTunes).

For Global Gestures, I have set the bindings:
  • Command-Up = Swipe Left
  • Command-Down = Swipe Right
In Finder, these navigate folder hierarchies more naturally. They allow me to move up and down folder hierarchies without relying on a history. This breaks the native behavior of forward-back navigation history, but for me, this method makes more sense.

Old Behavior: Back and Forward in History
New Behavior: Parent and Child Directory

The fringe benefit is that this also works in Snow Leopard's navigable stacks, as I feel it should have from the beginning. Click into a folder, a new stack window appears, and swipe left takes you to the parent folder.
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10.6: Navigate Snow Leopard Stacks with gestures
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 16, '09 08:17:10AM

Another note - setting right and left swipe gestures globally breaks programs like Firefox and Safari that used them otherwise. Re-binding the gestures in these programs is simple, but necessary.

Reminder: if the foremost app has a keybinding different from that of a global gesture, the gesture for the foremost app is used. This means that if, while is foremost, navigable stacks won't work because the gesture keybinding is incorrect. Click to Finder or another "global" app.

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