A Trio of Low-Cost macOS Effort-Savers

Dr Mac’s Rants & Raves
Episode # 395

I rely on a handful of inexpensive little utilities to speed up my workflow and keep my Macs running smoothly. Today I will introduce you to three that I use often.


Endurance is an app that lets your laptop battery last up to 20% longer per charge while improving overall battery health. With six options to help you extend your battery life per charge – Slow down CPU, Pause web browsers, Pause services, Monitor apps for heavy battery usage, Hide background apps and Dim screen – you can create a low power mode that meets your needs.

Take charge of your battery (haha) with Endurance.

Take charge of your battery (haha) with Endurance.You can turn the low power mode on or off from the Endurance menu bar icon, or automatically trigger it when your battery drops below a specified level (I set mine to 70%).

If you want your laptop battery to last longer between charges, try Endurance.

Best touch tool

Face it, the Mouse and Trackpad System Preferences panes are OK as long as you don’t worry about getting more performance from your pointing device. But, if you want your mouse or trackpad to have more options and better options, check out Best touch tool.

Better Touch Tool offers nearly a dozen useful options for a wide variety of pointing devices.

Better Touch Tool offers nearly a dozen useful options for a wide variety of pointing devices.

It lets you configure buttons (mouse) or gestures (trackpad), but it also does a lot more. For example, you can use it to trigger actions from a trackpad, Magic Mouse, third-party mouse, keyboard, Touch Bar, iPhone, or iPad (with BTT Remote – free for iOS and iPadOS), Siri or Apple Remote. It also includes a multi-clipboard manager and a powerful screenshot tool that lets you adjust images on the fly.

What’s remarkable is that it does all of this for just $ 8.50.

The small mouse

The small mouse is a bluetooth amplifier. I use my AirPods Pro with my Mac more than any other headset or earpiece. And while they already pair easily with my Mac, ToothFairy makes it faster and easier by letting me log in or log out with one click or the press of a button. It might not sound like a lot, but if you log in and out as many times a day as I did, you will appreciate how much time and effort ToothFairy can save you.

It works with most Bluetooth devices, including Bluetooth headphones, speakers, mice, and trackpads, to name a few. Each device can have a unique menu bar icon and keyboard shortcut, making it quick and easy to connect or disconnect all the Bluetooth devices you use regularly (only my AirPods Pro so far).

ToothFairy preferences (left) and icon menu (right).

The ToothFairy icon for my AirPods (top); its preferences pane (bottom left) and icons (right).

As an added bonus, ToothFairy lets you enable macOS’s higher-quality AAC codec, which sends higher quality audio (than usual) to your headphones or speakers. It’s sweet and only $ 4.99.

There is one more thing: the three useful utilities are included in Setapp, the subscription service I call, “Netflix for Mac Apps,” which gives you access to over 170 apps for $ 9.99 per month. With its 7-day free trial, you have nothing to lose and a chance to try all three (and over 170 other useful Mac apps).

… And that’s all he wrote.

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