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Basically, Multiclutch allows you to assign custom keyboard shortcuts in a given app to a given gesture. Want swipes to change tabs in Safari? Done. The same in iChat? Done. Want zoom-in to open emails in Mail, zoom-out to close windows in every app, and a swipe down to bring up Quicksilver? Done done done.

MultiClutch works by installing a simple input manager that catches gesture events, looks to see what shortcut you've defined for it in the frontmost app (if you haven't defined anything, it behaves in the standard manner), and performs that shortcut. You use a System Preference Pane to customize gestures with an more...

What's New

Version 0.5b: There was a rare issue where binding certain key combinations could cause the preference pane to hang. A new beta fixing this issue is up and it is a recommended upgrade. MultiClutch will prompt you to install the new input manager when you install the preference pane.


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Felipe Lustsure Member IconComment+1
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Better "brilliant" news... Someone else has made a better version of this kind of app...

It's called "BetterTouchTool," and as the name implies, it is BETTER.


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Version beta5

You may have noticed this section is for comments on the app listed above.. So what is your comment on Multi Clutch? After all for something to be better, a comparison must be made. Since your suggestion only works for 10.6, I guess it's not "better" for everyone.

taja Member IconComment+90

brilliant news - someone has got multiclutch working for Snow Leopard by using a 64-bit compatible build of SIMBL, link here. Haven't had time to test it, but looks promising!:


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Version beta5

Amendment. Have tested it, and it works brilliantly - even with Snow Leopard's Finder, which wasn't really the case with Leopard.

loco26 Member IconComment+2

Please, make it Snow Leopard compatible, I miss it so much...

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reposed Member IconComment+1

Please update this to work with 10.6. I"m sure I'm not the only one who got accustomed to this app.

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ibrychgo Member IconComment+4

I LOVE this program!

Unfortunately, it died with the Snow Leopard update. I don't know how I'm gonna survive without my 3-finger swipe-to-minimize!

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 asmeurer Member IconComment+25

This is great. I have two suggestions. 1. Could you make things like two finger click, three finger click, two finger tap, etc., editable? I would like to make a three finger click enable Exposé. 2. Could you make it so actions emulate scrolling? For example, Google Earth zooms with scrolling, but I would like to make pinching do it too. So far, it is a godsend for Safari switching tabs instead of going back and forth in the history.

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dvanwinkle Member IconReview+0

Easily the one program that I was most excited to stumble upon. If you have a notebook that can use the multi-touch gestures, this is a must!

Multiclutch is a very simple program that is installed as a preference pane in system preferences. What it does is absolutely genius though. You can select any program that you have installed, and assign any gesture, and even 2 that aren't "official".

Currently I have it set up on Firefox 3 Beta 5 and I have swipe right mapped to cmd+] (Forward), swipe left mapped to cmd+[ (Back), swipe up mapped to fn+up (Page Up which changes tabs), swipe down mapped to fn+down (Page Down which changes tabs), rotate right mapped to fn+f5 (refresh), rotate left mapped to fn+left (Home which goes to top of page), zoom out mapped to cmd+w (Closes tab or window), and zoom in mapped to cmd+n (open new window).

Anyway, after using this program for just a day and only mapped to Firefox, I am completely hooked! Just to tell you how much I love this program, I have already donated to him, and I strongly encourage you to also, so we can see more updates to this!

A few things that I would really like to see done to this: I would love to see it work in Carbon Apps (Like Finder); I would love for it to have better capturing of the shortcuts (It doesn't capture cmd+tab or my shortcut key for quicksilver [cmd+1]); I would also love to see a little icon up by the clock to quick set some short cuts for the active window (even though this isn't big).

4 out 5 stars, with an easy 5 if the first two things are fixed!

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Current Version (beta5.x)


Downloads 23,489
Version Downloads 23,474
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 28 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free