Filed under: Blender
Blender has a reputation for being difficult to navigate, but you can get around just fine with Mac trackpad gestures—you just need to set things up properly:
Go to File / User Preferences.
Go to the Input tab.
Make sure the Presets drop-down menu is set to Blender. (An option for Maya controls was a nice idea…but it’s Maya’s older control scheme that requires a middle mouse button. So it’s not going to help us.)
Check Emulate 3 Button Mouse.
Choose Save As Default.
You should now be able to navigate using your trackpad:
Pan: Two-finger scroll
Rotate: Alt + two-finger scroll
Zoom: Two-finger pinch
If, like me, you don’t care for the default Blender keyboard shortcuts, follow these instructions.