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Apps developed for the Mac often don't receive as much coverage as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, so we have a series at MacRumors that highlights interesting Mac apps that are worth taking a look at. This month's apps are designed to make working from home a little bit easier.


  • Meeter (Free) - Working from home often involves a lot of video meetings, and right now, most personal events are also being held online with apps like Zoom and Google Hangouts. Meeter is an app that manages all of your upcoming calls, so you can see what's happening at a glance and keep track of which app you're supposed to be using. Meeter automatically picks up upcoming calls when connected to a calendar, and it supports all kinds of meeting platforms.
  • Mic Drop ($6.99) - Mic Drop is a simple little menu bar app that lets you quickly mute your microphone, which is great when you have an emergency during a meeting and need to cut the sound quick. Along with working from the menu bar, it can also be activated with a global shortcut. Mic Drop works with all meeting apps, including Zoom, Slack, FaceTime, Houseparty, and more.
  • Paletro ($6.99) - Paletro shows you all of the shortcuts for the app you have open. So if you're running Apple's Mail app and tap Shift-Command-P, you can see all a list of shortcuts that work with the app. It has a handy search interface so you can search for the command you're looking for, and it's a useful way to get more familiar with keyboard shortcuts. Paletro costs $6.99, but there's a 14-day free trial so you can see if it works for you before purchasing.
  • Weather mini ($4.99) - Most of us aren't spending a lot of time outside right now, but if you're planning a hike or a walk, it's still useful to be able to check the weather. Weather mini adds a compact weather app to the Dock on your Mac, which displays current weather conditions and the temperature at a glance. Clicking it provides more weather information, including hourly and daily forecasts.
  • Command E (Free) - Command E connects to your cloud apps and lets you search through them quickly and easily with a simple Command-E keyboard shortcut. It works with all kinds of cloud services like Dropbox, Box, G Suite, Trello, Asana, Evernote, Zendesk, Slack, and more, making it faster to find specific files and entries that you're looking for.
Know of a 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, check out our essential Mac apps archive.

Article Link: Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - June 2020
 
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amartinez1660

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A free alternative to Paeltro that I have installed and can be usefeul is called CheatSheet. It's free. I found about it through lifehacker. Just my 2 cents if someone wants an alternative.
Between Paletro, Mouseless and CheatSheet which do you think is a good one? Haven’t tried none.
Let’s suppose I want to start using Blender, that thing has billions of shortcuts depending on where I am too (modeling, texturing, an object selected or not, etc)
Guess I could start with the free one CheatSheet and work my way up in price.
 

Heriberto Javier Lugo

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Apps developed for the Mac often don't receive as much coverage as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, so we have a series at MacRumors that highlights interesting Mac apps that are worth taking a look at. This month's apps are designed to make working from home a little bit easier.


  • Meeter (Free) - Working from home often involves a lot of video meetings, and right now, most personal events are also being held online with apps like Zoom and Google Hangouts. Meeter is an app that manages all of your upcoming calls, so you can see what's happening at a glance and keep track of which app you're supposed to be using. Meeter automatically picks up upcoming calls when connected to a calendar, and it supports all kinds of meeting platforms.
  • Mic Drop (Free) - Mic Drop is a simple little menu bar app that lets you quickly mute your microphone, which is great when you have an emergency during a meeting and need to cut the sound quick. Along with working from the menu bar, it can also be activated with a global shortcut. Mic Drop works with all meeting apps, including Zoom, Slack, FaceTime, Houseparty, and more.
  • Paletro ($6.99) - Paletro shows you all of the shortcuts for the app you have open. So if you're running Apple's Mail app and tap Shift-Command-P, you can see all a list of shortcuts that work with the app. It has a handy search interface so you can search for the command you're looking for, and it's a useful way to get more familiar with keyboard shortcuts. Paletro costs $6.99, but there's a 14-day free trial so you can see if it works for you before purchasing.
  • Weather mini ($4.99) - Most of us aren't spending a lot of time outside right now, but if you're planning a hike or a walk, it's still useful to be able to check the weather. Weather mini adds a compact weather app to the Dock on your Mac, which displays current weather conditions and the temperature at a glance. Clicking it provides more weather information, including hourly and daily forecasts.
  • Command E (Free) - Command E connects to your cloud apps and lets you search through them quickly and easily with a simple Command-E keyboard shortcut. It works with all kinds of cloud services like Dropbox, Box, G Suite, Trello, Asana, Evernote, Zendesk, Slack, and more, making it faster to find specific files and entries that you're looking for.
Know of a 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, check out our essential Mac apps archive.

Article Link: Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - June 2020
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Matthew Riley MacPherson

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Hi there! I'm one half of Octopus Think, the team behind Mic Drop. Just wanted to say thanks for featuring us!

For readers of MacRumors I've made a 15% off coupon code: just enter "MACRUMORS" at checkout to get 15% off your purchase of Mic Drop. Cheers! 🙏🏻

(Oh, and the coupon code is good for a few months, so feel free to check out the trial first and use the coupon code later. 🙂)
 
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Mr. Awesome

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Hi there! I'm one half of Octopus Think, the team behind Mic Drop. Just wanted to say thanks for featuring us!

For readers of MacRumors I've made a 15% off coupon code: just enter "MACRUMORS" at checkout to get 15% your purchase of Mic Drop. Cheers! 🙏🏻

(Oh, and the coupon code is good for a few months, so feel free to check out the trial first and use the coupon code later. 🙂)

Hold up, you literally created a MacRumors profile just to post this?

(Thanks for the coupon code, though!)
 

frou

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Paletro looks pretty similar to the functionality that's built into macOS (the "Help > Search" menu item, aka Cmd-?). But it seems Paletro can be configured to exclude spammy menus (e.g. "History") so that's potentially a good improvement. Gonna try it.
 

yellow8

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All those remote work apps are a good thing. Remote work means better quality life and less traffic.
 

Pat B.

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If only meeter worked with outlook :(
Meeter works with Outlook, you just need to add your Outlook calendar to the default Calendar app first. We are working on integrating with other calendar accounts directly, it just takes fairly long as there are many different calendar accounts we need to integrate with
 

rlf613

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Why would anyone use MicDrop especially given it's paid?

All voice chat apps have their own mute button that has global shortcut keys too..
 

jaworskimatt

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Why would anyone use MicDrop especially given it's paid?


Not to mention, Mac is an UNIX system, on/off mic toggle and most of these super simple tasks can be done with Automator action bound to a keyboard shortcut maybe in 10 minutes. Still, someone's 10 minutes might be worth more than a few bucks.
 

vip007

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Hey everyone! I built Meeter with a friend of mine, we are both Computer Science students and this is our first "proper" app. Would love any sort of input / feedback. Thank you very much for featuring us, @ MacRumors!
We also have an iOS version by now.

Nice and super functional app! It doesn't seem to see the native Webex app (only open through browser), so it would be nice if that could be supported.
 
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