A collection of useful Mac Apps

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on /r/macapps

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  • zotero

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share your research sources.

    Zotero - Price: Free Free and open-source reference manager that helps you collect, organize, and cite your research sources.

  • Zettlr

    Your One-Stop Publication Workbench

    Zettlr - Price: Free (with optional donations) Markdown editor for Mac that features a user-friendly interface and advanced features for writers.

  • Onboard AI

    ChatGPT with full context of any GitHub repo. Onboard AI learns any GitHub repo in minutes and lets you chat with it to locate functionality, understand different parts, and generate new code. Use it for free at app.getonboardai.com.

  • VideoLAN Client (VLC)

    VLC media player - All pull requests are ignored, please follow https://wiki.videolan.org/Sending_Patches_VLC/

    VLC - Price: Free Free and open-source media player that plays most multimedia files and DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. (UX/UI feels outdated imo)

  • Newman

    Newman is a command-line collection runner for Postman

    Postman - Price: Free (optional paid plans available) API development environment that helps you design, test, and document APIs.

  • openshot-qt

    OpenShot Video Editor is an award-winning free and open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows, and is dedicated to delivering high quality video editing and animation solutions to the world.

    OpenShot - Price: Free Free and open-source video editor that allows you to edit and create videos with ease.

  • Keka

    The macOS & iOS file archiver

    Keka - Price: Free File archiver for macOS that supports many file formats, including ZIP, RAR, and 7-Zip.

  • hammerspoon

    Staggeringly powerful macOS desktop automation with Lua

    Hammerspoon - Price: Free Desktop automation tool for macOS that allows you to write Lua scripts to control your Mac.

  • WorkOS

    The modern API for authentication & user identity. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

  • darktable

    darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer

    Darktable - Price: Free Free and open-source photo editing software for Mac that features advanced editing tools and a user-friendly interface.

  • kitty

    Cross-platform, fast, feature-rich, GPU based terminal

    Kitty - Price: Free Fast, feature-rich, GPU-based terminal emulator for macOS.

  • Plash

    💦 Make any website your Mac desktop wallpaper

    Plash - Price: Free Menu bar app for macOS that allows you to create and manage web apps as if they were native apps.

  • RectanglePro-Community

    Bug reports and discussion for the Rectangle Pro app

    Rectangle Pro - Price: $15 (one-time purchase) Same as normal Rectangle, with throwing features, more arrangments, workspace setup for windows in any location you want and more.

  • Rectangle

    Move and resize windows on macOS with keyboard shortcuts and snap areas

    Rectangle - Price: Free Window manager for macOS that allows you to easily resize and arrange windows on your Mac.

  • Proxyman

    Modern. Native. Delightful Web Debugging Proxy for macOS, iOS, and Android ⚡️

    Proxyman - Price: Free (optional paid plans available) Modern and intuitive HTTP/HTTPS debugging proxy app for macOS.

  • obs-studio

    OBS Studio - Free and open source software for live streaming and screen recording

    OBS - Price: Free Free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming, also can record desktop audio without the need for AudioHijack.

  • obsidian-releases

    Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian.

    Obsidian - Price: Free (with optional paid features available) Note-taking app that allows you to link your notes to each other to build a knowledge base.

  • nextdns

    NextDNS CLI client (DoH Proxy)

    NextDNS - Price: Free (with an optional pro version available) DNS resolver for macOS that blocks ads, trackers, and malware.

  • MusicBar

    MusicBar | Easy, Lightweight Status Bar Media Visualizer (by inedible-dev)

    MusicBar - Price: Free Menu bar app for macOS that allows you to see your current playing audio using the NowPlaying.API.

  • Lunar

    Intelligent adaptive brightness for your external monitors

    Lunar - Price: Free (optional premium one-time purchase) Menu bar app for macOS that allows you to adjust your display's brightness and color temperature. (Pro version also available.)

  • linearmouse

    The mouse and trackpad utility for Mac.

    LinearMouse - Price: Free Mouse acceleration manager for macOS that allows you to customize your mouse acceleration curve.

  • iTerm2

    iTerm2 is a terminal emulator for Mac OS X that does amazing things.

    iTerm2 - Price: Free Terminal emulator for macOS features multiple panes, search, and more.

  • ImageOptim

    GUI image optimizer for Mac

    ImageOptim - Price: Free Image optimizer for Mac that allows you to reduce the file size of your images without losing quality, and strip the metadata.

  • iina

    The modern video player for macOS.

    IINA - Price: Free Modern media player for macOS that supports almost all video and audio formats.

  • HandBrake

    HandBrake's main development repository

    Handbrake - Price: Free Open-source video transcoder that converts video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

  • Kap

    An open-source screen recorder built with web technology

    Kap - Price: Free Screen recording app for Mac that allows you to record your screen and webcam with ease.

  • espanso

    Cross-platform Text Expander written in Rust

    Espanso - Price: Free Text expander for macOS that allows you to create custom abbreviations for your frequently used text.

  • Postico

    Public issue tracking for Postico

    Postico - Price: $35.99 (one-time purchase) PostgreSQL client for Mac that features a user-friendly interface and powerful features.

  • desktop

    Focus on what matters instead of fighting with Git.

    GitHub Desktop - Price: Free Git client for Mac that allows you to manage your GitHub repositories.

  • CotEditor

    Lightweight Plain-Text Editor for macOS

    CotEditor - Price: Free Text editor for macOS that features syntax highlighting and a user-friendly interface.

  • Visual Studio Code

    Visual Studio Code

    Visual Studio Code - Price: Free Lightweight but powerful source code editor that runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

  • Bitwarden

    The core infrastructure backend (API, database, Docker, etc). (by bitwarden)

    Bitwarden - Free and open-source password manager for Mac that allows you to store and manage your passwords securely.

  • alt-tab-macos

    Windows alt-tab on macOS

    AltTab - Price: Free Windows-like Alt-Tab switcher for macOS.

  • BetterDisplay

    Unlock your displays on your Mac! Smooth scaling, HiDPI unlock, XDR/HDR extra brightness upscale, DDC, brightness and dimming, virtual screens, PIP and lots more!

    Better Display is another I run on startup. I have a 1440p 144hz monitor and using the default options in the Display System Settings at native resolution it is too small, retina makes it 720p which makes everything too large, and scaled resolutions are fuzzy. This let me find the sweet spot for me which was 1600x900 - not too small or too big and also not fuzzy. It was not available as a selection using the standard Mac System Settings.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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