Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves
Episode # 391
I have been a fan of Setapp since its launch in 2017. It is a subscription service that provides access to a remarkable collection of Mac applications for only $ 9.99 per month. As of 2017, the curated collection contained only 60 Mac apps, but it has grown steadily since then, and now there are more than 180 apps available with your Setapp subscription.
Setapp: the App
The Setapp application is your gateway to install and use all or part of the applications included. With a full description of each app and super-fast search, finding the right app (s) for just about any task has never been easier.
I found the best way to find the right application for a task by typing what I want to do in the search field of Setapp. For example, when I hit “shortcuts”, Setapp revealed more than two dozen apps that can help me get more work done with less effort, including some of my longtime favorites: folder by defect X, screens, bartender and tooth fairy. The “plan” search found four applications explicitly designed for the plan (Cloud Outliner, TaskPaper, SheetPlanner, and GoodTask) while the “plan” search produced nearly a dozen applications with plan capabilities.
Browse and discover new applications
The Setapp app also makes it easy to navigate and discover new apps. There are sections with recommendations based on the Setapp apps you currently use, new arrivals, favorites, and the apps installed on your Mac. It also offers searchable categories, including lifestyle, creativity, development tools, productivity, task management, personal finance, etc.
Additionally, as I mentioned in my May Mapping Columns, three of the mind mapping apps I covered – XMind, MindNode and iThoughtsX – are included in your Setapp subscription.
Setapp offers more than a dozen other applications that I rely on regularly, such as my favorite text editor and manager (Ulysse) and my favorite menu bar performance monitor (iStat menus), as well as CleanMyMac X, Image2icon, TextSoap, Photolemur, etc. including the four useful “shortcut” apps I mentioned earlier.
In 2018, I said, “Setapp is not for everyone, but if you enjoy exploring new apps (like me), or if you have considered buying one or more of the apps included (like I l ‘ve done), you are sure to find Setapp a good deal at $ 9.99 a month. “Today, with more than 180 apps in the collection, Setapp is a better deal than ever.
If you like trying new apps…
To view the full list of apps currently included, visit www.setapp.com/apps. But I recommend that you download the 7-day free trial instead (no credit card required). That way you can spend some quality time looking at the apps for free. If you find one or more Setapp apps that you like and want to continue using, you can subscribe for $ 9.99 per month, or purchase a standalone copy of the app (or apps) that you like.
Either way, playing with 180 high-quality apps for a week at no cost is nice. And if you try it, I predict that many (if not most) of you will subscribe and consider your Setapp subscription a bargain at $ 9.99 per month.