5 app recommendations in December 2021

For the last time this year you will get app recommendations for the Apple Mac here. As usual, we have selected five different apps for you and clearly summarized the most important information about them.

This is how you find the right software equipment for your macOS computer - whether for school, study, training, work or hobby. Because since June of this year, 35 app recommendations for 2021 have come together. So feel free to take a look at the previous issues for June, July, August, September, October and November. But now to the app recommendations for December 2021 ...

1. French

Franz is a messaging client that brings together different messengers and chat tools to keep track of incoming and outgoing messages. Over 70 apps and services can be combined in the Franz app for macOS, Windows and Linux: Slack, Telegram, gmail, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Discord, LinkedIn, Tweetdeck, WhatsApp, Google Calendar and more. Each service can be added multiple times, for example to manage multiple accounts. Individual providers can be combined and packed into groups to cover specific work areas or times. If you only want to push two or three services into the client, you can use the app for free. There are subscription offers for more extensive use.

  • Name: Franz
  • Category: News Client
  • Price: free or subscription from € 2,99 per month
  • Download and details: Website


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Do you want to get into digital drawing, edit photos, create montages and not spend a cent on Photoshop? Then the GIMP is worth a look. For a long time (more precisely since 1995) this app has been THE alternative option under macOS, Windows and Linux for everyone who wants to do "something with pictures" on the computer. Image editing, photo editing and Co. are possible in the free software and there are regular updates for better performance and new functions. Not only on the website, where you can also find the download for all platforms, there are instructions to help you get started. We have also dealt with the topic before: GIMP for Mac. 

  • Name: GIMP
  • Category: Graphics editing
  • Price: free
  • Download and details: Website

3. Notation

Notion is a planning and organization app for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android. There is also a web app and a "Web Clipper" for Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The purpose of the Notion App can be redefined depending on the individual application or project. Because it is possible to take notes, create to-do lists, upload files, share information and content with others and edit them together. And much more! The sole use with a maximum of 5 MB data upload and unlimited pages and blocks is free of charge. But there are also pro, team and enterprise solutions. Whether university, reading list, team project or Slack alternative: this solution is worth a look.

  • Name: notion
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free or subscription from $ 4 a month
  • Download and details: Website

4. Pocket

Pocket helps collect web finds and keep them organized. If you find a helpful blog post, exciting news, a delicious recipe, decoration ideas, Christmas gifts or other things, you can simply put the website, video or other content in the Pocket App. This is how you save yourself Browser-Bookmarks here, a downloaded image from Instagram there, a note somewhere else, and so on. Thanks to this app you have everything in one place. The whole thing is free in the basic configuration, but with a premium subscription there are even more functions. These include full-text search, suggested tags, fonts, and unlimited highlighting. 

  • Name: pocket
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: free or subscription from € 4,49 per month
  • Download: App Store
  • More deets: Website


GlueMotion is the perfect app if you want to create time-lapse videos from thousands of individual shots from a camera, your iPhone or the like. More than 100.000 images can be loaded into the GlueMotion app for Mac for a video. However, it is not only used to combine the images and output them as a video. It also analyzes the footage to show irregularities, flickering and changes that are happening too quickly. These errors can be corrected to a certain extent with smart tools such as color matching. The Best: Also large format photos for video output in MOV, MP4 and M4V with H264, ProRes or HEVC codec can be used.

  • Name: GlueMotion
  • Category: Photo / Video Editing
  • Price: along with 220+ other full versions for only €9,99 per month Setapp
  • 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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