5 app recommendations in September 2022

For some time now, on every tenth day of the month, five Mac apps have been presented here that can help you with this or that work. And so it is today. Due to Apple's iPhone keynote this week, I took the saying "Think different" to heart and picked out a few niche apps. The individual recommendations are certainly not for the general public, but I'm sure that one or the other of the following ones application software will find something that makes working on the Mac, iMac or MacBook better, easier or at least more beautiful. Check it out :)

1. Mock view

Mockview is for anyone who occasionally needs an image of an Apple device whose display is showing something specific. Because here you don't have to take stock footage, edit it in Photoshop, Affinity Photo or GIMP, struggle with the perspective adjustment of the graphics to be used and then output a half-baked image. No, with Mockview you can simply choose an image, insert it into a 3D model and rotate it as you wish. The display and the graphics selected for it are automatically adjusted. And best of all: the software is available free of charge in the Mac App Store. 3D models of iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook and Apple Watch are available.

  • Name: mock view
  • Category: Graphics and Design
  • Price: Free
  • Info: Website
  • Download: App Store

2. KeyBell

KeyBell is a pun on "Key" for "key" and "Cow Bell" for "cowbell". This is slowly making sense of this program. Because when you press a key on the keyboard or click on the mouse, a sound is played. The respective noise, the volume, certain exceptions and other parameters can be defined. KeyBell is ideal for anyone who wants to feel like they are on a typewriter or on a futuristic sci-fi keyboard. But unwanted keystrokes or clicks can also be shown in this way - for example, if you want to hear whether the cat will lie down on the keyboard again, while you're not sitting at the Mac yourself.

  • Name: KeyBell
  • Category: System Extensions
  • Price: Free with in-app purchase options
  • Info: Website
  • Download: App Store

3. SponsorBlock for YouTube

YouTube videos from more or less successful channels can be entertaining or educational in terms of their main content, but individual segments have been annoying for a long time. Cold opener, intro, sponsor references, outro and similar stuff you want to skip. With SponsorBlock for YouTube, an extension for the SafariWeb browser should that succeed. Because this plugin for Safari shows the sponsor sections and similar distracting elements on the timeline while watching YouTube videos. However, videos are not automatically scanned for it. The function is based on a community that submits the segments of the videos and makes them visible. If a video has not yet submitted data, it is not possible to skip sections of it using SponsorBlock for YouTube. 

  • Name: SponsorBlock for YouTube
  • Category: Safari Extension
  • Price: € 2,99
  • Info: Website
  • Download: App Store

4.One Thing

One Thing draws attention to just that on the Mac: one thing. Because this Mac app can be used to place text in the menu bar at the top of the macOS screen. Thanks to One Thing, you always have the "Don't forget to shop!" reminder or the "Make an appointment with the vet!" at hand. Important appointments, dates and times can also be kept in view without constantly opening the calendar app. Incidentally, the small software for the menu bar comes from Sindre Sorhus, known for Jiffy, Pure paste, Shareful and many other free helpers for Apple computers (see website). The software presented here can also be used free of charge.

  • Name: One Thing
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free
  • Info: Website
  • Download: App Store

5. Focus

Yes, I have already introduced you to an app of the same name for Mac and iPhone, which can be useful for working in Pomodoro intervals: Focus - App for Pomodoro technique and interval work. However, this software of the same name for macOS is a different aid for efficient and distraction-free work. Because with this Focus App you can block certain websites, social media platforms and apps so that you cannot access them during your working hours. A schedule and breaks can be preset so that you can use the pages and programs again during a break or after work. The Focus app for the Mac is available with over 230 other ad-free full versions with a Setapp subscription.

  • Name: Focus
  • Category: Productivity / Network Access
  • Price: Setapp-Subscription for only 9,99 euros per month (incl. 230+ additional apps)
  • Info and download: Setapp

Setapp offers over 230 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 8,99 apps as a full version with all updates and without advertising on the Mac from $230 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 ;)

Even more app recommendations from all categories

For over a year now, I've been presenting you with five Mac apps every month that you can download and use on macOS. In today's edition of the app recommendations, there were mainly niche solutions. If you are looking for solutions to other tasks on the Mac, feel free to click through the following list. In the past few months, topics have included file encryption, cleaning up the macOS menu bar, clipboard tools, PDF editing, annotating web finds, audio visualization in videos, 3D animations and much more. Here is the overview:

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