Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2018

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


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    Apps created for the Mac don't receive as much attention as apps made for iOS devices, so we have a bi-monthly series here at MacRumors that's designed to highlight useful and interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out and potentially investing in.

    This week's picks include apps for streamlining your email, focusing on tasks, checking the weather, cleaning up your Mac, and managing all of your messaging services. Many of our highlighted apps this week were chosen by MacRumors forum members.

    [*]Focus (Free with in-app purchases) - Focus is a time management app and monitoring service that's designed to help you keep track of your time so you can stay on task. It encourages users to work in focus sessions, which are 25 minute blocks of time for working accompanied by a 15 to 20 minute break. There's an included task manager so you can stay on top of tasks, along with detailed statistics so you can see how you've spent your day. Focus is free to download, but it costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 for year to use across all of your devices.

    [*]Carrot Weather ($11.99) - Carrot Weather is a well-known weather app that delivers weather information with a little bit of attitude to make checking outdoor conditions more fun. It has different dialogue and graphics for various weather conditions, and what comes up is always a surprise. Carrot Weather uses data from Dark Sky so it's super accurate and it offers up tons of data like 7-day forecasts, rain and snow predictions, weather maps, and a time machine so you can see past weather conditions.

    [*]Dr. Cleaner (Free) - Dr. Cleaner from TrendMicro is an app that offers a Disk Clean Map so you can see what's taking up space on your Mac, a memory cleanup feature for freeing up memory, a scanner for large files, and a junk file cleaner that's designed to get rid of temporary files, trash, and other unwanted items taking up disk space. Dr. Cleaner is free from the Mac App Store, but there is a $19.99 Pro version that finds and eliminates duplicate files, shreds deleted files, and uninstalls apps.

    [*]Canary Mail ($19.99) - Those who previously used the now-eliminated Newton Mail might be looking for a new mail app, and Canary could fit the bill. Canary Mail offers one-click encryption, natural language search, smart filters, read notifications, snooze options, email templates, one-click unsubscribe, and more.

    [*]All-in-One Messenger (Free) - This is technically a Chrome extension rather than a Mac app, so it's limited to Chrome users. All-in-One Messenger is designed to combine all of your chat and messenger services into one convenient web app so you can keep up with all of your chats in a single spot. It works with a wide range of messaging apps, like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Telegram, Slack, Discord, Google Hangouts, and more.

    If you have a favorite must-have Mac app that we haven't highlighted yet, let us know in the comments, and we might feature it in a future video. Many of this month's app picks came directly from recommendations from our forum members, and it's these recommendations that have helped make this series useful.

    For more of our Mac app picks, make sure to check out our Mac app archives.

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  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Not sure about Dr. Cleaner, MR. Memory clean (purge) applications don’t have any benefit and messes up macOS’s already great memory management. If lots of RAM is being used that’s good for system performance unless it’s paging to disk. Free RAM is wasted RAM.

    If anything I’d be advising readers against using those sort of apps.

    If you just want an app that shows what’s taking up space I’d recommend OmniDiskSweeper.
  3. deviant macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2007
    It’s not for ram. It’s for HD ...
    Even though I still haven’t found a better app than WhatSize
  4. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I just recently switched to Canary for iOS after Newton died ... So far I am liking it. The iCloud sync is what spoke to me. I will most likely be getting the MacOS app as well.
  5. Elijen macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2012
    Pretty terrible list this time. Every single app has a much better free alternative.
  6. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    One app I use a lot is Tex-Edit Plus. It’s a simple styled text editor. It has some rough edges but really shines in how it works with AppleScript. TE+ has lots of text cleanup features and search and replace features including grep and they are all scriptable. If you are not sure how to script something you can turn on recording, do some actions, and TE+ will write a script implementing what you did. This app has been a huge help when I needed to extract information from messy text files I get.

    In one case I had 100+ text files in which I needed to modify one parameter several times to find the appropriate parameter. It would have been impossible to do that manually even once.
  7. kuwxman, Aug 27, 2018
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    kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    Carrot Weather doesn't use 'Dark Sky' for its weather; it uses the same API that Dark Sky uses. Which, as I've stated before, isn't as good as people want to make it seem. Apps that use the service simply have pretty graphics going for them. That's it.
  8. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Carrot Weather !!! Alright! I like this weather app. I use it on my Apple Watch, iPhone, and now my Mac. Developer is super responsive on Macrumors. It's not cheap but I recommend it. The iOS version allows you to pay a little extra to use Weather Underground as a source.

    I don't use any of the other apps.
  9. needsomecoffee macrumors regular


    May 6, 2008
  10. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Not sure if they've been covered yet but, iAWriter, Day One, BetterTouchTool, SwitchResX, coconutBattery, Arq, Carbon Copy Cloner, iTerm, iStat Menus ---- those are my favorite Mac Apps. :p
  11. B4U macrumors 68020


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    I know weather underground got messed up when weather channel bought it, but is it that bad where I am going to pay $12 for Carrot Weather??
  12. themactheknife macrumors newbie


    Aug 27, 2018
    you MUST give Spark mail a try. I have tried every email client out there and found the holy grail. Identical MacOS and IOS interfaces. Amazing!!
  13. Petetastic macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2018
    You can use Dr. Cleaner for RAM too.

    I’m curious: why is freeing up RAM a bad thing in the MacOS? I’m not familiar with how the management system works.
  14. Lioness~ macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2017
    Nothing spoke to me this time, neither do I have any of them.
    Well, I’m busy with other things this months then checking up new apps it seems, lucky me :)
  15. Braderunner, Aug 27, 2018
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    Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
    Carrot Weather is way overhyped. Dark Sky is more accurate. There isn’t an app for the Mac, they do have a website, though.
    On iOS, it is the king!

    I know there are some, who will tell me I’m wrong. :eek: But, after forking over the extra money for Carrot Weather notifications....that say it’s raining, when it is not....
    Carrot does have a nice Watch app, but, that is not enough to overcome the false alerts.
  16. Lioness~, Aug 27, 2018
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    Lioness~ macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2017
  17. BasicGreatGuy, Aug 27, 2018
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    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    With the latest Canary update, (a few days ago) you can create your own PGP keys within the app.
  18. FourDegrees macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2017
    I don't see the need for a paid weather service on the desktop. I have Carrot on my iPhone. Works well up here in Australia and New Zealand irrespective of where the weather comes from. Might well be better ones out there, but this one is more fun.

    BTW, last time I looked Dark Sky iOS app wasn't available in this part of the world. Happy to be corrected though.
  19. Garage Battle macrumors regular

    Garage Battle

    Aug 31, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Carrot Weather is not worth the money on the Mac. Its been nearly a year since updated 1.3.1 and its missing the overhaul that the iOS app received. Save your money for a new edition.
  20. bjoswald macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2016
    I wouldn't touch memory/disk cleaners or "optimizers" with a 10-foot pole.
  21. GarfOopy macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2018
    I'd also like to mention a few that I used regularly:

    Bear notes which is an awesome writing app.
    Spark mail (as some others have also mentioned).
    NubiDo, a great task management app
    Pixelmator, a brilliant and less expensive alternative to Photoshop
  22. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2016
    Edomx, MX
    I really want to like spark, have several readdle apps.....but don’t.
  23. nvmls macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2011
    Neither a laser pointer.
  24. rshrugged macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2015
  25. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I vote for Canary Mail... also for the easy encryption, plus i like little furry birds :)


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