Apple’s new MacBook Pro replaces the function row of keys with a dynamic screen called the Touch Bar, and customers who pre-ordered early are starting to see them ship as soon as today. Apple Stores should also receive inventory to try out this week, but you can test drive how macOS will handle the Touch Bar from your current Mac with a new app called Touché.

Touché is easy to download and install, can be opened and closed like any other Mac app, and lets you take screenshots of the Touch Bar and whatever it shows. The free utility comes from Daniel Jalkut, the developer behind other Red Sweater Software apps like the blogging app MarsEdit.

Several Apple apps support Touch Bar with the latest version of macOS, and third-party apps like 1Password and plenty of others are also adding Touch Bar support.

Touché lets you easily see how macOS and specific apps will handle the Touch Bar without requiring a new MacBook Pro to fully visualize it (and easily screenshot apps once you do upgrade).

System Requirements

Touché requires macOS 10.12.1 or later, but there’s a catch! You must have the very latest 10.12.1, with system support for the Touch Bar. If your 10.12.1 version is specifically 16B2657, you’re good to go. If not, you can update to the required version here.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can set keyboard shortcuts for toggling Touché, saving a screen capture to disk, or copying a screen capture to the pasteboard. Explore these options in Touché’s preferences, available from the Touché menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Support Touché

Although Touché is free to download, you can show your support for the product in a number of ways:

Contact Red Sweater

Because Touché is free, we cannot promise extensive support for the app, but we are always happy to hear feedback about your experience with our software. Email us anytime. We usually respond within 24 hours.

 

We’ve also seen another third-party utility called Touch Bar Demo that lets you test out Touch Bar optionally using an iPad to recreate the touch experience, although experience with GitHub is necessary in that example.

Initial reviews for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar were published this morning with the flagship feature being perceived with mixed reaction.