Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - April 2019

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

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

    This month's picks include apps for sharing files, organizing web apps, monitoring internet traffic, fixing repeating keys on a broken MacBook keyboard, and quickly pairing your AirPods to your Mac. Many of the apps we're highlighting this month were chosen by our MacRumors forum members.

    [*]CloudApp (Free) - CloudApp is a handy app that lets you share files, screenshots, videos, screen recordings, and more, via the cloud. You can drag a file into CloudApp and it'll be uploaded to the cloud and copied to your clipboard so you can paste the file into Slack, email, Messages, or elsewhere. You can annotate screenshots and files, making it a great way to communicate when collaborative editing is needed. CloudApp is free, but premium tiers with additional features are available starting at $10/month or $8/month on an annual plan.
    [*]Little Snitch ($45) - Little Snitch monitors all of the traffic on your Mac so you can see what apps are sending data, and where. It basically makes all of your Internet connections visible and gives you control over them, letting you approve or restrict what's being sent from your Mac. There's a world map so you can see where connections are being made, and there are modes for getting instant notifications or letting it run in the background.
    [*]Stack (Free) - Stack is a Mac app that's sort of an internet launchpad for web apps, describing itself as an "internet OS." It houses all the websites you might want to keep tabs on like Facebook, Messenger, Gmail, Slack, and more, keeping them in one convenient place. You can organize your different apps into categories, and the app provides unified notifications so you don't miss anything.
    [*]Unshaky (Free) - Unshaky is not an Apple-sanctioned app, and that's because it's meant to fix a major Apple problem - the faulty MacBook Pro keyboard. Unshaky is designed for people who have keys where the letters repeat, as it's able to detect the extra presses and eliminate them. We haven't tried this app ourselves because we don't have a keyboard with repeating letters, but it has positive reviews as a temporary fix from those who are having issues. If you have a repeating key you'll need to get a repair from Apple, but this can help while you wait.
    [*]AirBuddy ($5) - AirBuddy is a Mac app for the AirPods. It lets you pair your AirPods to your Mac the same way you do on your iPhone - just by opening up the AirPods case next to your Mac and then clicking. It's super simple, but if you use your AirPods with your Mac often, it's invaluable. A Batteries Notification Center widget on Mac displays AirPods battery life, charging case battery life, and the battery life of your Mac. The AirBuddy app works with Macs that support Bluetooth LE, which is all modern machines.

    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. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2017
    The fact that the Unshaky App is even a THING reflects very badly on Apple. Just... wow.
  3. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
  4. yurc macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2016
    inside your DSDT
    Recently was ditched Little Snitch with Radio Silence.

    Not as powerful as Little Snitch but it fulfill my needs to block chrome-google related auto updates.
  5. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    little snitch sounds awesome, might look into that.
  6. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Haven’t used little snitch in so many years I forgot it was a thing
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    I found it BEYOND annoying with the alerts it causes
  8. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    AirBuddy does not yet support AirPods 2.
  9. BasicGreatGuy, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    AirPods gen 2 work with Airbuddy on the Mac.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 10, 2019 ---
    It is working for me.
  10. slkjflla macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2017
  11. ackmondual macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    Sounds like this may end up being similar to that 3rd party utility for iPhone to remove blue colors during night times, prior to sleeping. The company could only release it on jail broken phones, since there was no way to push it through the App Store. Apple ended up taking that idea and putting it into a future model of the iPhone.

    It aggregates all the notifications from those sites, and more? I'm actually also asking, b/c I'm not quite sure either.
  12. Pupi macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2015
    May I ask how is AirBuddy so invaluable if by default connecting AirPods to the Mac is as simple as clicking the volume button and selecting them? It's 2 clicks. I understand AirBuddy is *one click* but if I understand it right it is also opening the case by the Mac and pressing connect before putting them in your ears, which makes it useless for switching devices on the fly when already have AirPods in your ears. In any case, seems pointless to me.
  13. BasicGreatGuy, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    If we follow that line of reasoning, Apple's default method of syncing for the iPhone would be rather pointless. As noted above, AirBuddy does for the Mac what Apple does with iOS. Nothing magical or life changing. it is an attempt to be subtle and provide seamless integration to the Mac. I think AirBuddy achieves the intended goal.
  14. birdieman128 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2016
    I paired AirPods 2 with my MBP without AirBuddy. What's the point for spending 5 bucks?
  15. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Other people do find the app to their liking. It is a good thing that someone took the time to make the app, even if you find it not worthy of your money or time.
  16. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    I don't quite see the utility of AirBuddy, when we can use the Bluetooth icon on the menu bar.

    I mean, seriously, if I can pair my new H1 chip powered AirPods second gen, with an OLD MacBook Pro from 2010 (with macOS High Sierra) through Bluetooth 2.1, you can pair easily and seamlessly any AirPods with any mac running Mojave. I don't see the need of another app, when the Bluetooth menu already gives us more information about the status and battery of each earbud.
  17. Tech198, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019

    Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I can't remember if MR already did Little Snitch.. But it's worth mentioning again anyway. Its a good app.

    I'd rather trust myself for outbound requests than a program, type model I forced myself into :p

    I guess whichever way , it works.
  18. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    I thought the default method for using AirPods was to pair it with one Apple device and it syncs across your iOS and Mac devices. I don’t have to mess with my case when I want to use AirPods on my Mac. This app feels like an extra step in the process.
  19. Silmaril macrumors newbie


    Apr 10, 2019
    I prefer TripMode over Little Snitch.
    IMHO, Little Snitch is to complicated for regular user. TripMode is easy to use and more than five times cheaper.
  20. Warped9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2018
    Brockville, Ontario.
    I use Little Snitch for one thing and it works well for that.
  21. dumoore macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2017
  22. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    I’ve used Little Snitch for over 15 years now. It’s an excellent piece of software.
  23. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2009
    I'm getting my first pair of AirPods as soon as they ship them to me. I'll see how burdensome they are with my Mac (can't be worse than my current pair). But I might checkout AirBuddy.
  24. lopoz, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    lopoz macrumors regular

    May 10, 2005
    I recently discovered Pock and love it. Basically turns the touch bar into your Dock = more screen real-estate for me to use :)


    [edit] not affiliated in any way to the app btw...
  25. GtrDude macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
    Is there something wrong with saying that Little Snitch is a firewall program?
    I noticed it's never simply described as a firewall.

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