Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - January 2020

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Apps designed for the Mac often don't receive as much attention as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, so we have a series here at MacRumors that highlights useful and interesting Macs worth checking out.

This month's picks include apps for optimizing your Mac, learning keyboard shortcuts, searching cloud services, and watching streaming video.

  • Sensei - ($29/Year) - Sensei is a new Mac app designed for Mac optimization, offering a clean interface and a range of tools for disk cleaning, battery health monitoring, GPU, CPU, and RAM monitoring, temperature monitoring, SSD Trim enabling, uninstalling apps, fan control, file deleting, and more. Sensei costs $29 per year or $59 for a lifetime license, but there is a free trial to test it out.
  • Mouseless ($15) - Mouseless is an app that helps you learn all of the keyboard shortcuts in your favorite apps, offering up short interactive training sessions that teach shortcuts and then reinforce the learning right away. It's a nifty little tool for anyone who wants to become more accustomed to app shortcuts.
  • Clew (Free) - Clew is a search app designed to let you search through all of your connected cloud accounts so you can find exactly what you're looking for and then share it quickly using drag and drop. Clew supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Github, and more.
  • Gooba (Free) - Gooba is a writing app and task manager that combines note taking, writing, and task management, so you can do things like write a document and then set a reminder for when to send it. It offers Markdown support, keyboard shortcuts, and cross platform compatibility so you can use it on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone.
  • Clicker ($5) - Clicker is a set of apps designed for streaming video services that include Netflix, Disney+, YouTube TV, and Hulu, which is the newest app of the bunch. Clicker lets you launch right from the dock and it offers picture-in-picture support, quick video pausing, full screen browsing, touch bar controls, and more. It's a useful app for accessing video services that are normally restricted to the browser on the Mac. All of the apps cost $5, but the Disney+ version is free.
If you have a favorite must-have Mac app that we haven't highlighted yet, let us know in the comments below 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.

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farewelwilliams

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A subscription based app? No thanks. I rather pay for one time payment apps even though it might end up costing me more (from paid updates).

EDIT: looks like sensei has a full license option (sorry, i immediately ignored the rest of the text once I saw the subscription price)
 
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4jasontv

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The clicker app is the exact opposite of what makes the Apple TV app so wonderful. I want one app that syncs all my content into one search. I don’t care if the new, I don’t know... um, Freaky Friday?, is on Disney, HBO, or Netflix. I care if I have access somewhere across all my subscriptions.
 
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yellow8

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I've been seeing a lot about Sensei recently. But I don't see a reason why I would use it.
 

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A subscription based app? No thanks. I rather pay for one time payment apps even though it might end up costing me more (from paid updates).

EDIT: looks like sensei has a full license option (sorry, i immediately ignored the rest of the text once I saw the subscription price)
Nice that it does have a purchase option. I hate the growing trend of subscription software but unfortunately, it's only going to increase as it is much more of a money maker for the companies selling them.
 
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The clicker app is the exact opposite of what makes the Apple TV app so wonderful. I want one app that syncs all my content into one search. I don’t care if the new, I don’t know... um, Freaky Friday?, is on Disney, HBO, or Netflix. I care if I have access somewhere across all my subscriptions.
JustWatch (there's also an iOS app). Here's your search results. It's pretty great.

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ignatius345

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I hate the growing trend of subscription software but unfortunately, it's only going to increase as it is much more of a money maker for the companies selling them.
I guess. I'm getting subscription fatigue and I bet I'm not the only one. Is it a money maker for companies if people start wising up and tallying all their "it's just a cup of coffee a month!" subscriptions?

I can see paying a recurring fee for something that requires lots of security updates (like 1Password) or provides a cloud storage service, or unlocks access to rights-protected content. Sure. But it seems like more and more developers finish an app -- as in, it's written and doesn't really change much at all for a long time (looking at you, Ulysses) -- and then want to just tweak it and live off it forever. Here's a radical thought: develop and sell another product.
 
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