5 app recommendations in February 2024

It's time for app recommendations again! This month I have once again picked out five macOS programs that can help you with various tasks. Below you will find software for upscaling video files, making it more comfortable to use multiple monitors, cleaning the MacBook keyboard, a smoother workflow when using various chatbot AIs and for recording video scripts. Some of the apps are designed quite specifically for a certain setup, while others can be equally helpful on a wide variety of Apple computers - Mac mini and Studio, iMac, MacBook Pro / Air, etc.

1. Unsqueeze

Unsqueeze has been featured and praised on a variety of Apple and Mac specialist sites in recent weeks. The software, which can be used to upscale low-resolution videos up to 8K or higher, uses modern upscaling algorithms in line with Apple's “Metal” graphics interface. You can use the Unsqueeze app free of charge to a certain extent, but the in-app purchase of “Unsqueeze XL” costs €9,99 (sometimes cheaper as a promotion). My observations: the large target file only becomes sharp if the source video is also sharp. So a well-focused 1080p video can be transferred nicely to 4K or 8K. However, a 480p video with lots of fragments and noise won't magically transform into an HD or 4K masterpiece.

  • Name: Unsqueeze
  • Category: Video
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Info: Website
  • Download: App Store

2. DynaMouse

DynaMouse is an open source project aimed at all Mac users with multiple monitors/displays. While you can get by with a mouse and its mouse pointer with two to three displays, using four or more monitors can be more difficult. In some jobs or hobbies, however, this number of displays may be necessary, and it would be ideal if you could assign your own mice for individual desktops - that's exactly what DynaMouse does. The software lets you assign individual mice and their cursors to individual monitors, so you can switch quickly and easily without having to drag the pointer across the monitor wall. Admittedly very special, but also very helpful.

  • Name: DynaMouse
  • Category: Utility / System Extension
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: GitHub

3. CleanupBuddy

CleanupBuddy locks the keyboard and mouse so that no input from the Mac is accepted. This is particularly practical if you want to clean the MacBook keyboard. While you can simply switch off old models of Apple laptops, current models turn on every time you press a key (regardless of which key). So you can clean them directly during operation and block the entries with CleanupBuddy beforehand. To release the keyboard again, simply hold down the two command keys for three seconds. The little software comes with a cheeky chibi anime character that reminds me of Harvest Moon. He leaves sayings for your dirty keyboard to motivate you to clean it.

  • Name: CleanupBuddy
  • Category: Utility / Keyboard and Mouse Lock
  • Price: Free or own price
  • Info: Website
  • Download: Gumroad

4. MacBot

MacBot is a native app for macOS that you can use for free to quickly switch between ChatGPT from OpenAI, Copilot from Microsoft, Bard from Google and other chatbots / AIs. The company behind it, “The MacBro Group.”, promises that no data will be transmitted or collected to them. Plus, there are no advertising or subscriptions; All updates are also free. On the download page you can currently read that beta tests are planned for a business version of the app. This will probably be used to make money. For EU and Canadian users, there is a note that the native view of the app may not work with Bard for data protection reasons. You can use the web view here. There is also the option to use MacBot via the menu bar.

  • Name: MacBot
  • Category: Language Model GUI
  • Price: Free or own price
  • Info and download: Gumroad

5. Teleprompter app

The Teleprompter app is more than just a digital cue card. Because it not only helps to have the text to be recited played back on the Mac in an easy-to-read manner. You can also use it to record and edit videos on your Mac. This is particularly practical for YouTube and other social media platforms. Videos can be recorded in 1:1, 16:9 and 9:16, edited and stamped with your own logo. The distraction-free design helps record videos in a focused manner. In addition to the Mac hardware, external cameras and microphones can also be used to make the production more professional. In addition to the macOS app, there is a matching iOS app for the iPhone Setapp-Subscription.

  • Name: Teleprompter app
  • Category: Video Production
  • Price: Setapp subscription for €9,99/month (single license) or €19,99/month (family subscription)
  • Info and download: Setapp

Setapp offers 240+ full app versions at a low subscription price

The Setapp software subscription brings you over 9,99 apps as a full version with all updates and no advertising to your Mac starting at €240 per month. An interesting app package for iPhone and iPad is also included. For families there is the family subscription for just €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 offer's website 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 listed. New apps are regularly added to further fill the package. Included are other MacPaw apps, a VPN and so on. Here are the individual booking options: Setapp Single License / Setapp family subscription.

All previous app recommendations since June 2021

Since mid-2021, you have been presented with five app recommendations every month here in the Sir Apfelot blog. Most of the programs introduced since then are free, and some are even open source. If you want to get an overview of the previous software tips for the Apple Mac, then I recommend these articles:

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