5 app recommendations in October 2021

It's time again for a list of recommended apps for macOS on the Apple Mac. As in previous months, this guide presents you with five apps that can help you at work, in your free time and in all other activities on the Mac. Also take a look at the issues of June, July, August and September, if you are looking for practical equipment for your Apple computer. Do you have your own suggestions or do you know alternatives to the solutions shown here that can do even more? Then please leave a comment :)

1. MacYTDL

Downloading videos or their audio track from YouTube can be stressful in the first place. Anyone who simply googles inexperienced for a software for this purpose (for example with “YouTube Downloader” or “YouTube Video Converter” as search terms) will be offered numerous programs that only work to a limited extent or contain unwanted extra software. Of course, there are also good and usable apps for downloading and converting YouTube videos - one of them is MacYTDL. "YTDL" stands for YouTube download here. You can download the MacYTDL app for free from GitHub and then use some settings for downloading videos according to your individual requirements.

  • Name: MacYTDL
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free
  • Download and details: GitHub


The Apple Mac is well suited for word processing, image editing, music creation and many other tasks. MacOS also offers many options for storing and sorting files. With all tasks it happens that something is copied to the clipboard, that is, the first half of "copy and paste" is already carried out. But in some places you don't want to paste the current contents of the clipboard, but rather the previous or the one from before. This is where the Paste App for macOS comes into play - it shows a history of the clipboard from which you can select the various contents. In addition to the Mac, it also supports other connected devices, such as the iPhone or iPad.

  • Name: paste
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases (subscriptions for € 1,99 / month or € 14,99 / year)
  • Download: App Store
  • More deets: Website

3. HyperDock

Personally, I switched from Windows to macOS just a few years ago to work. Back then I got mine right Magnet downloaded because I missed the ability to arrange windows by dragging them to the edge of the screen. What is also a change when switching from PC to Mac: when hovering the mouse cursor on an app icon in the dock, no window preview is displayed. The quickly accessible control options in multimedia apps such as music, iTunes or VLC player are no longer required. But HyperDock can help. The HyperDock app brings the window preview to the Mac so that the contents of running apps can be viewed quickly and easily.

  • Name: HyperDock
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: € 9,99 (15 days free trial on the website)
  • Download: App Store
  • Details and demo version: Website

4. Hazel

Hazel is a sorting aid for files and folders on the Apple Mac. You can individually set which folders the Hazel app should monitor and clean up. For this purpose, rules can be created so that the individual contents are incorporated into the self-created structure. Files can be moved according to different criteria: name, date, type / format, etc. There are no limits to the imagination when using them: Hazel can sort everything from vacation photos to videos for a film project to documents for the tax return. You can download a demo version from the noodlesoft website. You will also find the - admittedly not quite cheap - purchase options there.

  • Name: Hazel
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: $ 42 as a single purchase, $ 20 as an upgrade from an older version
  • Download and details: Website

5. KeyKey Typing Tutor

The ten-finger system for fast typing on the keyboard is practical for writing text quickly and without having to look at the keys and fingers. Only learning the system for typing with all ten fingers on the keyboard is tedious. In addition, courses are usually only offered for one keyboard (i.e. in German for the QWERTZ keyboard). Unless of course you use KeyKey Typing Tutor. The Mac app includes typing exercises and displays error rates to motivate users to improve. In addition to German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English can also be set. You can get the KeyKey Typing Tutor App in the Setapp-Subscription.

  • Name: KeyKey Typing Tutor
  • Category: Learning software
  • Price: In addition to 220+ other full app versions for € 9,99 / month with a Setapp subscription
  • Download and details: Setapp

Setapp offers over 220 full versions of the app at a low subscription price

SetApp from MacPaw offers more than our previous app recommendations put together. Because the software subscription brings you from $ 8,99 a month over 220 apps as a full version with all updates and without advertising on the Mac. For the time being, you only install Setapp and then look for exactly the apps from the overview that suit 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 ;)

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