5 app recommendations in January 2023

If you're a regular reader of this blog, then you've already noticed: This year starts off the beaten track. And so yesterday I failed to meet the usual deadline for the Mac app recommendations of the month. But now the time has come. In the following you will find five apps for macOS that can make it easier for you to use the Apple computer or at least make it more beautiful. By the way: This can also work without an additional app. Take a look at this current guide: Folders on the Dock: Group apps for tasks.

1. Piper

Pipper is a free web browser with a special feature: it is not overlapped by other program windows. So if you always want to keep an eye on certain web content or have quick access to it, then Pipper can be the right solution. Whether you want to always have access to a search engine, keep a stream or other video playback in the foreground, or want to monitor live data from servers or downloads - your search for the right app could end here. You can download the software from the official Mac App Store as well as from the GitHub developer platform.

2. Pinta

Pinta is a painting and drawing program whose interface is very reminiscent of the old MS Paint on Windows PCs. But the charm of this app, which you can download and use for free, lies precisely in this outdated presentation. In addition to the version for macOS on the Apple Mac, there are also Pinta versions for Windows, Linux and OpenBSD. You can also download the source code from GitHub to create your own version. There's even a "Building Pinta" guide for that. But back to the features: there are various tools, the use of layers, an overview of the last steps and more. So quite useful, whether for sketches with the mouse or drawings with the graphics tablet.

  • Name: Pinta
  • Category: Graphics program
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: Website / GitHub

3. Strawberries

Strawberry is a free music app alternative for anyone who wants to organize and listen to a local music collection. It is therefore a music player with various options for classifying and playing music files. Numerous formats are supported and metadata can either be added manually or imported from the web. The connection to the network also ensures that radio stations can be heard via Strawberry. Some sources describe the app's user interface as old-fashioned or compare it to apps that have been outdated for a long time, but I don't think it's that bad. 

  • Name: Strawberries
  • Category: Music Player
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: Website / GitHub


After the free open source projects, we now come to a not exactly cheap paid app. This helps you to prepare a wide variety of files and formats for mobile Apple devices and to assign them to the right apps. Do you want z. B. an audio file in FLAC-Play format with iOS Music app? Then WALTR PRO will help you with converting and transferring. In addition to audio, a wide variety of video formats, text files, digital books and image formats are also supported. In addition to the limited free trial, you can find subscription and purchase options on the Softorino website. In addition to the licenses for individual apps, there is also a bundle offer for all previous and future apps for a one-time fee of $300. 

  • Name: WALTR PRO
  • Category: tool
  • Price: various subscription and purchase options
  • Info and download: Website

5th moment

Moment is an app that resides in the menu bar and/or notification center to display custom countdowns and time periods there. You can record various milestones, work towards birthdays, keep track of the duration of certain processes and the like. In addition to your own titles for the individual events, periods of time and countdowns, you can also specify images or emojis for them. In addition, percentage displays can be used to visually process the progress. The Moment App is available in the ad-free full version along with 240+ other Mac apps in the Setapp-Subscription.

  • Name: Wait
  • Category: 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 at a glance

The app recommendations that I have published every month since June 2021 can be found in this post: The best Mac apps for 2023 - app recommendations for all areas of application. If you also have recommendations for Mac apps that you no longer want to do without on your Apple computer, then please post them in a comment below this post. I look forward to your tips :)

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4 comments on “5 app recommendations in January 2023”

  1. A pity. With the “Strawberry” app, I get a message on my Mac mini M1 that the developer cannot be verified and I am offered to put the app in the trash.

    1. Hello Udo! There I can offer you my article about the “Gatekeeper" recommend. But just so you don't have to read this, you can right-click the app, choose "Open," then accept the risk and open the file. The Mac has been showing this strange behavior for years with all apps that do not come from a developer verified by Apple. But that doesn't mean that these apps are "dangerous". So don't worry if such reports come up.

    2. Hi Udo,

      From macOS Ventura you can look for the notification that Strawberry was not verified within one hour of the last attempt to open it in the system settings under “Privacy & Security” and then click on the “Open anyway” button. From then on, using the app should no longer cause any problems.

      Alternatively, you can find the app in the Applications folder and select “Open” from the context menu (right-click) while holding down the control key.

      Best regards

  2. Hi Jens,
    Thanks for the tip. That's how I was able to access the app.
    Thank you.

    Hi John,
    at Ventura under “Privacy & Security” I find everything possible, just no reference to Strawberry.

    The app is now started with a right bend and open.


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