The MacBook Pro Touch Bar is a wonderful and versatile thing that's ideal for making any designer's life easier by providing instant, easily-identifiable shortcuts for all of your creative apps. But when you're not using it for Photoshop CC (opens in new tab) shortcuts, don't you ever wish that you could turn it into the home for a virtual pet? One that you can feed and nurture and cherish and then forget about for a few days then find that it's died?
If you ever had a Tamagotchi and you miss the incessant demands of a virtual charge that depends on you for its continued existence, then you're in luck, as you can now get your very own virtual pet for your Touch Bar. It's the perfect excuse for adding a Touch Bar to your criteria when hunting for the best Black Friday MacBook deals (opens in new tab).
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Touchbar Pet is the work of Grace Avery (opens in new tab), and while it's a work-in-progress that's getting updated every few days, it's available to download and install right now. Currently on version 0.5, Touchbar Pet already has some of the key features that helped make Tamagotchi a global phenomenon back in the 1990s.
Your pet starts as a baby and grows through a childhood stage into an adult, and requires regular care and attention: you'll need to feed it (but not too much), clean up after it and pet it (although it'll get grumpy if you pet it while it's having a nap).
Touchbar Pet runs on MacOS 10.14 or higher and it's notarised by Apple, so once you've downloaded it, you should be able to simply double-click the file to make your own pet appear in the Touch Bar. There's a display that keeps you informed of your pet's health and hunger levels; if you want to feed it, just tap anywhere in the Touch Bar to drop some food. Similarly you can pet your adorable little bundle of pixels by tapping on it, and you can probably guess how to clean up the inevitable droppings.
If your pet gets sick you can nurse it back to health by giving it food and letting it have plenty of uninterrupted naps. There's not much to get the hang of, really, but keep checking back for updates as Avery plans to add more features in future versions.
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