When Apple announced the MacBook Pro lineup in late 2016, the brand new Touch Bar was the most notable upgrade (and the 16GB RAM limit). For better or worse, the Touch Bar has got many people talking and debating the pros and cons of such an interface. However, another thing the Touch Bar gets people talking about is an app that does pretty much the same thing as the Touch Bar. Like the Touch Bar app mentioned above, Quadro puts context-sensitive buttons at your fingertips on your iPhone or iPad. The best part about Quadro is that it works with both Mac and PC. Well, If you want to try a MacBook-like Touch Bar on Windows, here’s how Quadro can help you:
Quadro, as I said earlier, is an iOS app. puts Context-sensitive buttons on your iPhone or iPad. Quadro comes with a companion app that you can download for macOS and Windows. Freethey Web site.
After you install both apps, they connect to each other and let your iPhone or iPad know which app is running on your Windows PC and adapt the buttons to the most common actions for that app. This certainly makes it much easier to perform common functions without having to use the mouse or even a keyboard shortcut. Just tap a touchable button and the action is immediate.
Functionality like this is great; and Quadro has the advantage of being able to work both on wired USB connections and over the network. So, Quadro can work its magic as long as your Windows PC and iPhone or iPad are connected to the same network.
Installing and Setting up Quadro
The setup process and subsequent setup is very easy and can be completed in less than 5 minutes. However, for your convenience, here is a complete way to set up Quadro on your iPhone and Quadro Sync on your Windows PC:
note: I’m showing this setup on an iPhone running iOS 10.2 and a Windows PC running a 32-bit version of Windows 10.
- Once done, install and launch the application on your Windows PC. You will see the Quadro icon in the taskbar. Click on it To display the Quadro Sync window
- back then Launch the Quadro app on your iPhone. If your PC and iPhone are connected to the same network, you can: See your PC name In the Quadro app.
- tap on to start connecting. you will see code When displayed on your iPhone, enter the code at the prompt on your PC to connect the devices.
- Now you will have to Sign up to use Quadroand it will load pre-designed templates for you.
This much. Quadro is now installedand it works on your iPhone. You can use the buttons displayed in the application to perform the corresponding functions. Actions are taken immediately and the app works fine.
Understanding and Using Quadro
Now that you have Quadro installed, all you have to do is learn how to use the app. There is no “one way” to do things in the app, as the layout and actions in the app can be edited and modified to suit your needs. However, let me show you some of the basics of using Quadro.
Understanding the Quadro User Interface
Pads, Actions, and Groups
You may have remembered Windows Phone devices when Quadro was first launched on your iPhone. The user interface is very similar to this. anyway, there is two types of “Peds” in practice. To those who look like a perfect square”movements” and those missing the upper right corner of the square are called “.groups“.
The names are pretty self-explanatory, but still here’s an explanation.
- “Movements” Pads perform an action when you touch them. This action can be used to create a new tab in Chrome, return to your computer desktop, close the Chrome window, etc. it could be.
- “Groups”, On the other hand, Pads there is a set of actions built into them for easy categorization. You can understand “Groups” as folders full of “Actions”. Tapping a Pad that is a “Group” opens a series of “Actions” that you can tap on to perform the corresponding action.
Virtual Keyboard and Preloaded Palettes
Quadro comes with a set preloaded pallets Which you can use to interact with your Windows PC in easy and cognitively forgiving ways. There are pre-installed palettes for apps like VLC Media Player, Google Chrome, IE and more. You can access these pallets at any time. left edge swipe your screen.
Also a virtual keyboard Inside Quadro, you can Use it on your iPhone to interact with your Windows PC. You can (obviously) use the virtual keyboard to type and arrow keys moving the cursor or scrolling up and down on a web page etc. placed above the keyboard. The app also has dedicated buttons for going back and forward, which is extremely useful when using Google Chrome.
Editing the Quadro UI
While the pre-loaded palettes will probably work just fine for you, the developers have thoughtfully designed the app to give users an easy way to edit the layout of the palette to suit their tastes and usage styles. Editing Quadro UI is very easy and very intuitive. There are some nuances to the way the edit works (or doesn’t), but you’ll soon get used to it.
For illustration purposes, I’ll be Editing the palette for Google Chrome. Launch Google Chrome on your PC or swipe right from the left edge of the screen to show the available palettes, and then Tap on “Google Chrome”. Any of these will display the Google Chrome palette on your iOS device’s screen.
- Now, tap the edit icon in the bottom right your screen. You will see crosses in the corner of each Pad in the Google Chrome palette and tapping these crosses will delete the Pad from the palette. You can do touch and hold a Padto move it around on the screen and place it where it suits you best.
- If you want to resize a Padyou can just touch and hold the little white part It’s in the bottom right corner of the pad and you can resize it according to your needs. After you finish editing, tap the done button (it looks like a “checkmark”) and the Palette will update based on your edits.
Adding Pallets to Quadro
You can even create palettes in Quadro so you can start using contextual buttons in every app you commonly use. Creating Palettes in Quadro is easy and if you need any help just follow these steps:
- Swipe from left edge To show the list of palettes, tap on the “Here” of the screen.Add Palette“. On the next screen you can: choose a trigger context for the pallet. What the trigger context does is ensure that the appropriate Palette is automatically launched when that application is opened. This is how the automatic context sensitive toggle in Quadro works.
- After selecting the app you want to use for context. You can do enter name for context and choose an icon for that too. Once done, just tap the done button (it looks like a “checkmark”).
- You will be taken to the pallets list. Here, tap on the Palette you just createdand then tap the edit button bottom right.
- Tap the “+” button To add Pads (or screens) to your Palette then you can choose action You want the pad to work.
SEE ALSO: How to Get Touch Bar Functionality on Any Mac
Use Quadro to Get Touch Bar Functionality in Windows
Quadro is closest to Touch Bar functionality on a Windows PC. But the advantage of Quadro is the huge amount of configurability it offers and its compatibility with both Windows and macOS computers. You can easily use Quadro to extend your computer’s functionality to a touchpad such as an iPhone or iPad.
As always, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the new MacBook Pros, the utility of their Touch Bar and how you use Quadro. Feel free to start a discussion in the comments section below.