TourBox Neo
Simply put, the TourBox is a really darn cool tool! It’s small, small enough I would love to take it on the road with me (more on that in a moment) as it takes up no space on my desk (seen above). This powerful little box permits you to “automate” a ton of keyboard shortcuts / features in practically every app you have on your computer. While it comes “packaged” with a ton of Keyboard shortcuts like for Photoshop, you can change them to your hearts content (see below). The goal of TourBox is to permit ultra fast access with a click of a button or turn of a dial to those tools you need in those programs you use a lot to make the process so much faster (and with some personal sound effects, you could be shooting down that TIE fighter at the same time as working). Brent could make this puppy fly in Premiere! Being a gamer and really smart, he’d have no problem programming buttons for his needs and remembering what button he programmed to do what with his eye/hand control. Dad, that would be me, not so much, my taking a bit longer to remember what button he had programmed to do what. But I did quickly learn those buttons I use most often pretty quickly.

Set up of the TourBox Neo was a snap! Install the software and in a heartbeat, you’re up and working. Above to the left you can see the first four programs I have working with TourBox, Photoshop, Bridge, Premiere and Photo Mechanic (Epson Print Layout & Audition are next apps on the list to add to TourBox). TourBox is pretty darn smart. I have three desktops set up on my M1 iMac / MacBook Pro and as I scroll to one where say, Photo Mechanic is open and the next desktop where Photoshop is launched (right image above, some of my programming for PS), TourBox automatically switches to work with that program (turn on Auto Switch for this feature) with all the controls I’ve programmed. You don’t have to do a thing. Looking at the photo on the left again, you can see all I created from scratch in a split second as there is no Photo Mechanic preset already set up in TourBox. Easy peasy! I assigned keyboard shortcuts to the various TourBox controls permitting me to operate Photo Mechanic very efficiently as fast as my fingers can go. What’s really cool is you just need to program the buttons in one computer as you can export your settings and load them in another computer retaining everything you have set up in the first. You don’t have to do the programming all over again, schweet!

When I was contacted by TourBox and I checked out their product online, my first thought was, this is the perfect tool for when I’m on the road (which is a lot)! When I’m on the road I don’t take a mouse because in hotel rooms, it’s not always easy to use. It always needs space to move to do to its job. The TourBox I figured would be the perfect solution for this. It just sits, it doesn’t need to move around to function. This would be killer for me on the road. The TourBox Neo needs to physically be connected to the computer to operate via a cable. If you’re a Mac user like me, you know that your iMac or MacBook Pro only has four ports. With  Wacom tablet, CFExpress Card Reader, hard drives, printers and power and the like, dedicating one port to the TourBox is a challenge. I find myself having to plug and unplug it from my iMac during the work day and that’s not practical for on the road at all. TourBox has a Bluetooth model coming and that’s what I would ~highly~ recommend to you, then it will be the perfect tool. That would make the TourBox the ultimate workflow accessory!

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