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How to get the MacBook type Touch Bar on Windows using Quadro

When Apple announced the MacBook Pros line in late 2016, the brand new Touch Bar was the update that garnered the most attention (and the 16 GB RAM limit). For better or for worse, the Touch Bar made a lot of people talk and discussed the pros and cons of such an interface. However, another thing that the Touch Bar has made people talk about, an app that does practically the same thing as the Touch Bar. Like the aforementioned Touch Bar app, Quadro puts context-sensitive buttons at your fingertips, on the your iPhone or iPad. The best part of Quadro that works with Mac and PC. Therefore, if you're looking to try a MacBook-like Touch Bar on Windows, here's how Quadro can help you:

Presentation of Quadro

Framework, as I said before, an app for iOS that puts context-sensitive buttons on your iPhone or iPad . Quadro comes with a complementary app for macOS and for Windows, which you can download for free from your website.

Once both apps have been installed, they connect to each other and let your iPhone or iPad know which app is running on your Windows PC and adapt the buttons according to the most common actions for that app . This certainly makes it much easier to perform common functions, without having to engage the mouse or even a keyboard shortcut. Just touch a tangible button and the action takes place immediately.

Features like this great; and Quadro has the added benefit of being able to work both on wired USB connections and on a network . So as long as your Windows PC and your iPhone or iPad are connected to the same network, Quadro can work with its magic.

Quadro installation and configuration

The installation process and the configuration that follows are very simple and can be completed in less than 5 minutes. However, for your convenience, here is a complete overview of the Quadro configuration on your iPhone and the Quadro Sync app on your Windows PC:

Note : I'm demonstrating this configuration on an iPhone with iOS 10.2 and a Windows PC with a 32-bit version of Windows 10.

  • First, download Quadro for your iOS device (free) and the Quadro Sync app for your Windows PC (free).
  • Once finished, install and launch the app on your Windows PC . In the taskbar, you will see the Framework icon. Click on it to display the Quadro Sync window.

  • Therefore launch the Quadro app on your iPhone . If your PC and iPhone are connected to the same network, you can see the name of your PC in the Quadro app.
  • Touch it to start the connection. You will see a code displayed on your iPhone, enter the code in your PC prompt to connect the devices.

  • Now you will register to use Quadro and load the default templates for you.

This is all. Framework now configured and it works on your iPhone. You can use the buttons displayed in the app to perform the corresponding functions. The actions are performed immediately and the app works well.

Understanding and using Quadro

Now that you've set up Quadro, the only thing left to do is learn how to use the app. Since the layout and actions in the app can be edited and modified to suit your needs, there is no one way to get things done in the app. However, let me introduce you to some of the basics of using Quadro.

Understanding the Quadro user interface

Pads, actions and groups

When Quadro starts up for the first time on your iPhone, you may be reminded of Windows Phone devices. The user interface looks very similar. Either way, there are two types of "Pad" app. Those that look like perfect squares are called " actions ", and those who have the top right corner of the missing square are called" groups ".

The names are quite self-explanatory, but here's an explanation, however.

  • " Actions "are the Pads that perform an action when you touch them . This action could be creating a new tab in Chrome, going back to the PC desktop, closing the Chrome window, etc.

  • "Groups" on the other hand, I'm Pad that have a number of shares positioned within them for easy categorization. You can understand "Groups" as folders full of "Actions". When you touch a Pad that a "Group", it will open a series of "Actions" which you can then tap to perform the relevant action.

Virtual keyboard and preloaded palettes

Quadro comes with a set of preloaded palettes that can be used to interact with the Windows PC in easy and cognitively tolerant ways. There are pre-loaded palettes for apps like VLC Media Player, Google Chrome, IE and more. You can access these palettes whenever you want, swiping from the left edge the screen.

There is also one virtual keyboard inside Quadro, you can use on your iPhone to interact with your Windows PC . You can use the virtual keyboard to type (obviously), and you can use i arrow keys positioned on the top of the keyboard to move the cursor, or to scroll up and down on a web page, etc. The app also has dedicated buttons for going back and forth, which are extremely useful when using Google Chrome.

Changing the Quadro user interface

While the pre-loaded palettes will probably work for you, the developers have designed the app in a thoughtful way to offer users an easy way to change the layout of the palette to suit your tastes and style of use. Changing the user interface of Quadro very simple and very intuitive. There are a few nuances in how editing works (or doesn't), but you'll take the time in no time.

For illustration purposes, will change the palette for Google Chrome . Launch Google Chrome on your PC or swipe right from the left edge of the screen to view the available palettes, then touch "Google Chrome" . One of these will display the Google Chrome palette on the screen of your iOS device.

  • Now touch the edit icon in the lower right part the screen. You will see the crosses on the corner of each tile in the Google Chrome palette and tapping these crosses will clear the tile from the palette. can touch and hold a pad, move it on the screen and place it where you prefer.

  • If you want resize a Pad, you can simply touch and hold on the small white portion in the lower right corner of the Pad, and you will be able to resize according to your needs. Once assembly is complete, you can simply tap the Finish button (looks like a "check mark") and the palette will be updated based on the changes made.

Adding palette to Quadro

You can even create palettes in Quadro, so you can simply start using contextual buttons in every app you routinely use. Create palettes in Easy Framework, and if you need help, follow the steps below:

  • Swipe from the left edge screen to display the list of palettes. Here, tap " Add palette ". On the next screen, you can choose a trigger context for the palette. What does a trigger context, which ensures that the correct palette starts automatically when the corresponding application is opened. Here's how automatic context switching works in Quadro.

  • Once you have selected the application you want to use for the context. can enter a name for the context e also choose an icon for him. Once done, that's enough tap the Finish button (looks like a "tick").

  • You will be taken to the list of palettes. Here, touch the palette you just created, therefore tap the edit button bottom right.

  • Touch the "+" button to add pads (or screens) to the palette. therefore possible choose the action that you want to run on the pad.

Use Quadro to get Touch Bar functionality on Windows

Quadro as close as possible to access the Touch Bar functionality on a Windows PC. However, the advantage with Quadro is the large amount of configurability it offers and its compatibility with Windows and macOS computers. You can easily use Quadro to extend your PC's functionality to a touch surface such as an iPhone or iPad.

As always, we would like to know your opinions on the new MacBook Pro, the usefulness of their Touch Bar and your opinions on using Quadro. Feel free to start a discussion in the comments section below.