Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - November 2018

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apps created for the Mac often 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 focused on Dark Mode, a new feature introduced in September with the launch of macOS Mojave, along with some useful apps for customizing text, keeping your eyes safe while working, and keeping your Mac awake. Many of our highlighted apps this week were chosen by MacRumors forum members.

    [*]NightOwl (Free) - NightOwl is a super simple Mac app that's designed to give you more control over Dark Mode. It adds a Dark Mode toggle to the menu bar so you can turn Dark Mode on and off without needing to open up System Preferences. You can also set Dark Mode to a timer or have it come on when the sun sets using NightOwl.

    [*]Amphetamine (Free) - Amphetamine is a Mac app keeps your Mac and your Mac display off by adding a simple on-off switch or customizable triggers. With Amphetamine activated from the menu bar, your Mac will be prevented from going into sleep mode. You can choose to keep your Mac awake indefinitely, for a specific amount of time, while a file is downloading, when a specific app is running, and more.

    [*]Dark Mode for Safari ($1.99) - Dark Mode in macOS Mojave introduces a darker theme across the operating system, but this doesn't extend to individual apps like Safari. Some websites are implementing Dark Mode support, but for those that haven't, the Dark Mode for Safari extension changes them to a darker theme that's easier on the eyes at night time or in low lighting environments. This is not a perfect app and doesn't work well with all websites, but improvements are being introduced on a continual basis and it can be easily toggled on or off.

    [*]Textlicious ($1.99) - Textlicious is a simple, inexpensive app that's designed to let you insert styled text in places that normally only accept plain text. If, for example, you've wondered how people are getting those custom fonts that you see sometimes on social networks like Twitter, it's quite possible they're using this app. Textlicious lets you highlight any text you're typing in an app, right click, and then select a style from the pop-up menu. There are options like typewriter, strikethrough, small, script, bold, italic, circled, and more. Something to be aware of with Textlicious and similar apps - Unicode symbols like these break the screen readers that vision impaired people use.

    [*]Breaks For Eyes ($9.99) - Mojave's Dark Mode is meant to cut down on eyestrain, and the same is true of Breaks for Eyes. When looking at an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, taking frequent little breaks is a good idea to prevent dry eyes, eyestrain, and headaches. Breaks for Eyes reminds you to look away from the Mac screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds, letting your eyes take a rest. There's a three-day trial, and then the full app costs $9.99 to unlock.

    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 recommendation archives.

    Article Link: Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - November 2018
  2. pantherfalcon2332 macrumors newbie


    Jun 25, 2017
    Can confirm that NightOwl is great and its amazing that this feature is baking into MacOS
  3. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Is there a tweak to have Photos run in dark mode, but only Photos?

    I don't care for the look of dark mode overall, but it would be great for the Photos app.
  4. offshore macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2008
    These are basically just system utilities.
  5. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    These are among the most useful articles you publish. Thank you!
  6. naet macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2018
    Bay Area
    There's also Tiles: a minimalist window manager (like Magnet,but free). Still in beta, though.
    They'd certainly love more testers, feedback and feature requests.

    (I know the guys behind the project, to be 100% transparent)
  7. mistasopz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
  8. kurtster macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2005
    $10 for a reminder to look away from the screen every few minutes? Really??
  9. JSt83 macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2014
    Try Shifty, same as NightOwl, but lets you configure per app.
  10. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    can you force dark mode on single apps and not on the entire system?
    I don't like dark mode Finder at all, but Xcode is really cool
  11. Zaren macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2000
    I already have an app on my Mac called Night Owl - it's one of the best twitter clients I've ever used.
  12. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    $10 for a timer to tell you to look away from your device.

    I am definitely in the wrong business.
  13. audiophilosophy, Nov 3, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018

    audiophilosophy macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2017
    New Orleans
    Besides Dark Mode for Safari, there’s a great app on the Mac App Store callee Mouseposé. It lets you have a customizable “flashlight in the dark” effect on your screen that follows your mouse pointer around. I get eye fatigue easily with bright white backgrounds, so this app was a real help for years before Dark Mode came out. I still use Mouseposé when using websites that don’t offer a dark theme. I did have to make some system preferences changes to get Mouseposé working on Mojave because Mojave, by default setting, prevents some apps from having screen access, but it was just a few clicks in system preferences to get Mouseposé working again.
  14. Skoal macrumors 65832

    Nov 4, 2009
    Thanks for this. I’m always looking for the perfect windows manager (for me) so I’ll give this a look.

    Ehh not really. You’ve made the right choice whatever it is because I can’t imagine anyone is buying this
  15. Skoal macrumors 65832

    Nov 4, 2009
    I hate those backgrounds too. ;)

Share This Page

14 November 1, 2018