Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2019

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apps designed for the Mac don't typically receive as much attention as apps made for iPhones and iPads, so we have a series here at MacRumors designed to highlight useful and interesting Mac apps worth checking out and potentially investing in.

    This month's picks include apps for overhauling your Touch Bar, updating forgotten Mac apps, controlling music, managing windows, and more, with many of these apps recommended by MacRumors readers.

    [*]MacUpdater ($9.99) - MacUpdater is a simple little app that keeps track of the updates for all of the apps installed on your Mac so you can see at a glance which apps are out of date and need updating. It's super useful for apps that have been installed outside of the Mac App Store. You can scan your apps for free using MacUpdater, but updating more than 10 costs $9.99.
    [*]Moom ($9.99) - Moom is an app that's designed to let you quickly and easily move and resize windows on your Mac. It has preset sizes and locations, and also lets you draw grids to create custom window display sizes. There are also custom controls for moving, zooming, moving windows to a secondary display, centering, resizing and more, and window layouts can be saved.
    [*]Background Music (Free) - Background Music is an audio utility that's designed to automatically pause your music player when other audio starts playing on your Mac, unpausing it afterwards. It also offers per-application volume controls so you can make certain apps quieter than others, and it has an option for recording system audio.
    [*]GoldenChaos BTT (Free) - GoldenChaos BTT is a Touch Bar replacement interface that lets you overhaul the way that your Touch Bar works. It lets you change up the Home Strip, access modifier menus with the app switcher, control strip, window snapping controls, and more, and customize the size of dynamic menu options. It supports dock badges, widgets, and more. GoldenChaos is free, but requires BetterTouchTool, a Touch Bar customization app that costs $7.50.
    [*]EasyFinder (Free) - EasyFinder is a menu bar app that offers up quick access to important and frequently used files and folders, so you can get to what you need with just a click or two. You can add files and folders in different categories like Personal, Work, and Others, and you can get to that content right from the menu bar.

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

    Article Link: Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2019
  2. dwfaust, Aug 2, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019

    dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    I've been using Moom for years... and recently started playing with MacUpdater... Moom is a 'rock star' of an app... does what it does very well and doesn't try to be more than it is.

    No experience with EasyFinder, Background Music or GoldenChaosBTT ... but willing to give GoldenChaosBTT a whirl.
  3. LxHunter Suspended

    Nov 14, 2010
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    Moom is great
    And also use HyperDock
    These 2 really help with the UI
  4. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
  5. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Love Moom, and thanks for including some truly free apps. Always gems.
  6. VeryVito macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2008
    Great to see Macupdater on this list. The developer (no relation) works hard for your one-time $10 payment! Great app and great service.
  7. GoldenChaos macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2017
    Hey, that's my BTT preset! Awesome overview!

    If anyone is trying out GoldenChaos-BTT and needs any help getting set up, wants to request a feature, or just has questions, I lurk on the forums so I'll keep an eye on my PMs and I'll subscribe to this thread :)
  8. schoibi macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2016
    Instead of GoldenChaos for TouchBar customization I recommend
  9. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
  10. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    I appreciate stories like this because Mac apps aren't something I keep up with like I should.
  11. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Yep agreed, been using both since I started using Mac

    Edit: Add Bartender too :)
  12. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Is Moom as good as Magnet? Note that you can toss these apps in the trash cometh 10.15 release.
  13. luckman212 macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2009
    I agree!! Was very happy to see MacUpdater at the #1 spot too :D No relation here either— just a very happy customer of a well written time-saving app.
  14. LxHunter Suspended

    Nov 14, 2010
    Moom is 64 bit.
    Don't know about the others

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  15. nvmls, Aug 2, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019

    nvmls macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2011
    Interesting selection, thanks.

    Background Music looks promising, although I feel at least the basic layer capability of not overlapping audios should be handled by macOS long ago. Don't get me wrong, many props to the dev for the level of audio handling and manipulation provided, more so free!
  16. ColBatGuano macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2015
    They've just added Moom/Magnet support (a bit). I wonder if they'll ever do a HyperDock facsimile...
  17. dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    Moom give you granular and configurable control over window placement. I only used Magnet briefly as a free trial...
    --- Post Merged, Aug 2, 2019 ---
    Agreed... use them all: Moom, HyperDock and Bartender. Would be lost without them.
  18. Jim Lahey macrumors 6502

    Jim Lahey

    Apr 8, 2014
    Great Britain
    Another shout for Moom. Invaluable for productivity and housekeeping. Been using it for several years, and my Macs would feel lacking in core functionality without it.
  19. Confuse123 macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2016
    I'm almost at the end of my free 7 day trial of Mosaic and like it. Next up, I will be doing the Moon trial to determine which I'll purchase.

    Any thoughts, opinions or experiences with either app?
  20. VeryVito macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2008
    I guess it's all a matter of preference, but I'm personally a big fan of Divvy for my window-handling needs. As long as you're evaluating, you may want to check it out, too.
  21. MacBH928 macrumors 68040


    May 17, 2008
    You have Vuze and Flash?
    What year is it?

    I am glad MacOS apps are still a thing, people are abandoning the personal computer for mobile devices. They are also becoming extremely stingy to pay for software.
  22. dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    That truly is a shame. Good developers need to be compensated.
  23. ghanwani macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    Thanks to social media, I don’t trust free stuff anymore.
  24. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I used to use Moom and MagicPrefs but now I use BTT which does both and more in one app and has more customization.
  25. Tech198, Aug 2, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019

    Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    With so many apps people have installed nowdays, you really gotta start making a 'shopping list'
    EasyFinder for me - I'm always loosing stuff, mostly right when i need it the most.

    *The only caveat is 'remembering' to put it there in the first place*

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