5 app recommendations in August 2023

There are many websites with app recommendations for the Apple Mac. However, most list the same programs over and over again and then call the whole thing “The best Mac apps for 202x” – the year is then simply adjusted and the list is hardly updated. Here at Sir Apfelot we have a different concept. Because here you get five freshly baked app recommendations for macOS every month, which you rarely get presented in combination elsewhere. At the end you will also find links to the previous app recommendations from the last two years. This results in a unique selection of apps from all categories. Enjoy browsing!

1 Tofu

Tofu App helps reading long texts by dividing them into multiple columns. Similar to newspaper articles, long sentences and paragraphs do not extend over the entire width of the display, but always offer a breather due to more frequent line breaks. This not only helps with careful reading, but also makes it easier to find certain passages in the text. The free Mac app has been around since 2003. After version 2 in 2008, the software was quiet for a long time. But version 2023 has been available since July 3 for Apple computers with macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later. Tofu can display text from the clipboard (just copy and paste with cmd+V), as well as open text (txt) and rich text (rtf) files or PDF, HTML and Word documents.

  • Name: Tofu
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free
  • Information and download: Website

2. KnockKnock

The KnockKnock App comes from the non-profit organization Objective-See. This deals with security on the Apple Mac and publishes corresponding apps. KnockKnock helps to make software visible that has been installed by the user but is not available as an executable app. These can be plugins, system, web browser, QuickLook and other extensions, Cron Jobs, widgets, kernel extensions, login items and other processes, scripts and code running in the background. Most of these are certainly intentional and useful. But thanks to KnockKnock, from OS X 10.11 El Capitan you can also find unwanted and harmful additional content from app downloads. Integrated is for that VirusTotal, an online scan that takes advantage of over 70 malware scanners simultaneously (can be deactivated).

  • Name: KnockKnock
  • Category: System tools
  • Price: Free
  • Information and download: Website
  • Alternative Download: GitHub

3. Diffusion Bee

Half a year ago I introduced you to a few apps that you can use to use stable diffusion and similar AI models for local image generation (here). After I kept using Mochi Diffusion as a favorite from it, the app just got worse and worse. Eventually she kept falling. So I looked to see what could be shown as an alternative. And then I saw that Diffusion Bee was available with new updates (or in version 2.2.1 beta including model training). Here, too, you can select your own models, enter extensive prompts and choose a wide variety of settings for the type and accuracy of the results. Besides Text to Image, there is Image to Image, AI Canvas, Inpainting, Outpainting and more.

  • Name: Diffusion Bee
  • Category: AI imaging
  • Price: Free
  • Information and version 1.7.4: Website
  • Download 2.2.1 (beta): GitHub

4. Mofi

Mofi is a web app, that should be made clear right away. So you don't have to download anything, just go to the service's website. But what for? To lengthen, shorten or loop music or other audio files. Because similar to how image AIs can expand images "content aware", audio AIs can e.g. B. Analyze songs and shorten, lengthen or otherwise adjust them so that it still sounds good - without hard cuts, without weird transitions. What is only possible at great expense in Adobe Premiere Pro with the "Remix" feature can be achieved for free with the Mofi web app. You can upload files or enter a link. Commercial use is granted for $6,99 per month.

  • Name: Mofi
  • Category: Audio editing
  • Price: Free or $6,99/month for commercial use, higher bitrate and more loops
  • Information and use: Website

5.Lift

elevator is on Browser, which is not intended for displaying any website, but is made for the permanent display of streams. With Lift, various streaming providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, Hulu and more can be accessed and always kept on top. So you don't have to look for the individual picture-in-picture functions. It also avoids the problem that certain subtitles are not displayed in the picture-in-picture display (e.g. on Netflix they represent a single web page element that is not carried over to the mini-player). By keeping the whole browser in the foreground, everything is displayed. If you want to see what's behind it, you can even make it transparent. elevator is in Setapp-Package with over 240+ other full versions included.

  • Name: elevator
  • Category: (streaming) browser
  • Price: Setapp subscription for €9,99/month (single license) or €19,99/month (family subscription)
  • Information and download: Setapp

Setapp offers over 240 full versions of the app at a low subscription price

The software subscription Setapp brings you more than 9,99 apps as a full version with all updates and without advertising on the Mac from €240 per month. Also included is an interesting app package for iPhone and iPad. For families, there is the family subscription for only €19,99 per month, which can be shared between four people. Everyone gets their own account and can use the offers for macOS, iOS and iPadOS. On the website of the offer you will already find all app titles from the categories Maintenance, Lifestyle, Productivity, Mac Hacks, Developer Tools, Task Management, Writing & Blogging, Education, Creativity and Personal Finance. Here are the individual booking options: Setapp Single License / Setapp family subscription.

All previous app recommendations for 2023

All "App Recommendations" posts that I published between June 2021 and December 2022 can be found here: The best Mac apps for 2023 - app recommendations for all areas of application. But even in the year 2023 itself, I will again create an overview each month with five practical Mac apps. And that's why there are already listings of Mac app recommendations from January, February, March, April, May, June and July of this year: 

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