It's that time again! As in previous months and years, this article contains five new app recommendations for the Apple Mac. For February 2023 I have selected macOS programs for you in the areas of remote control, system customization, speech-to-text transcripts, interior design and web downloads. Can't find what you're looking for yet? Then at the end of this article you will find an overview of the previously published app recommendations from 2021, 2022 and 2023. There is sure to be something that will help you at work, in everyday life or with your hobby. Also feel free to leave your own App-Recommendations as a comment there :)
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As of macOS 10.12, the SiriMote app offers you the option of using the remote control on your Apple TV to control the Mac. Not all possible system and app functions can be assigned to the buttons of the Bluetooth device, but at least those of the F-keys, which are intended for media control, can be assigned natively. Accordingly, the volume can be adjusted during music playback, the previous or next track can be controlled and so on. Furthermore, you can use the Apple TV remote control with this app for Keynote-Presentations, use for ProPresenter, PowerPoint, Kodi and more. SiriMote is made for both Intel Macs and Mac models Apple silicon. However, at least Bluetooth 4.0 must be installed.
- Name: SiriMote
- Category: Interface for Bluetooth accessories
- Price: Free
- Info and download: Website
The Spaced App is once again a little helper for the menu bar under macOS on your Apple Mac. There are several apps designed to help keep them organized and clutter-free. With Spaced you can use different separator objects that can be placed between the individual symbols in the menu bar. In addition to a space, various dashes and a dot can also be selected. You can use the app from macOS 13 and obtain it both from the App Store (contains updates) and download it from the developer's website (contains no updates). This one is about again sindre sorhus, from which we have already presented several useful apps here in the blog.
3. Whisper Transcription
The 4,5GB Whisper Transcription app is designed to convert speech to text. The software for macOS creates transcripts, regardless of whether it is a dictation from management, a recording of a university lecture, a creative 3 a.m.voice memo or similar. The AI speech recognition "Whisper" is used, which explains the name of the program. This AI comes from the same house as the text AI ChatGPT. She was trained with over 650.000 hours of voice recordings. To make the transcript easier to read, Whisper Transcription splits the audio recording into 30-second chunks and then outputs piece-by-piece copyable text. There is a free version and a paid pro version. At least macOS 12 is required.
- Name: Whisper Transcription
- Category: Speech-to-Text Tool
- Price: Free; Pro version with additional AI models for €17,99
- Info: Developer's Twitter account
- Download: Mac App Store
4. Sweet Home 3D
The Sweet Home 3D App is a software that can be used extensively and in many areas, which enables the creation of 3D models of rooms and houses. In addition to the precise placement of walls, doors and windows, the interior design can also be realized digitally from macOS 10.9. A wide variety of furniture, objects and decorative items can be selected and adjusted. In addition to the dimensions on the X, Y and Z axes, the color and texture can be changed for each. From your own apartment planning to the creation of an exposé for the rental, a lot is possible. In addition to the paid download in the App Store, you can also find official free sources online including additional texture packs, the source code of the app and more.
- Name: Sweet Home 3D
- Category: 3D Planner, Interior Design
- Price: Free on the web or €15,99 on the App Store
- Information and downloads: Website
- Download the latest version: Mac App Store
The Folx app helps to manage downloads from the internet. Various sources are accepted for this, both direct downloads from individual sources and torrents. Downloads can also be split across multiple streams via Folx to speed up downloading. For those who need such features, the torrent search feature and magnet link support will surely come in handy as well. If the same websites are used again and again for downloads, the respective login data can be stored directly in the app. So you don't have to log in again and again to download content. You can download Folx Pro in addition to 240+ other full app versions via Setapp realize.
- Name: Folx
- Category: Download tool
- Price: Setapp subscription for only 9,99 euros per month (incl. 240+ additional apps)
- Info and download: Setapp
Setapp offers over 240 full versions of the app at a low subscription price
MacPaw's Setapp offers more than our previous app recommendations combined. Because the software subscription brings you more than 9,99 apps as a full version with all updates and without advertising on the Mac from $240 per month. You only install Setapp for the time being and then look for exactly the apps from the overview that appeal to you. On the Website of the offer you will already find all titles from the categories Maintenance, Lifestyle, Productivity, Mac Hacks, Developer Tools, Task Management, Writing & Blogging, Education, Creativity and Personal Finance listed. CleanMyMac X is there as well as VPN, news, graphics, video, text, multimedia and other solutions. Check it out ;)
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 that's not all. Of course it will continue this year. And that's why there is already a list of Mac app recommendations from January: 5 app recommendations in January 2023. In it you will find information and download sources for Pipper, Pinta, Strawberry, WALTR PRO and Moment. Enjoy browsing!
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.