Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2020

Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much coverage as apps designed for iPhones and iPads, which is why we have a series here at MacRumors that highlights interesting Mac apps worth checking out. This month's picks feature productivity and organization tools along with a couple of fun but useful apps.

  • Panelicious (Free) - Panelicious lets you organize your files and apps into separate panels, so you can streamline different workflows and make groups of apps and files easier to access. So, for example, if you have a workflow for answering emails that includes an email app, a notes app, and a calendar, you can group those together and then pull up that panel to get right to what you need. Panels can be customized and hidden when they're not needed.
  • Tuck ($6.99) - Tuck is an app that lets you dock app windows to the edge of your screen, popping them out when you move your cursor over into the area. Available as a menu bar app, Tuck lets you move windows to the Left, Right, Bottom, and Top of the Mac's screen, keeping apps organized but accessible. Tuck is $6.99, but there's an unlimited free trial available.
  • MacDroid ($19.99 per year) - MacDroid is a useful app for those who have a Mac and an Android device. It allows photos, videos, music, folders, and more to be transferred between an Android phone or tablet and a Mac over a USB connection. There's a 7-day free trial, and after that, it costs $19.99 to use for a year.
  • Poolside FM (Free) - Poolside FM is a fun little summer app that pairs summer playlists with a classic Mac design. It's a no-frills app from the popular Poolside.fm radio station, which is also available on the web.
  • TextSniper ($5) - TextSniper is a simple app that lets you take a screenshot of unselectable text, converting it into typed text that you can use. You can take a screenshot of an image or a PDF that has text, and the app will recognize the text and copy it to the clipboard. The app lives in the menu bar so it's out of the way but on hand when needed.

Know of a must-have Mac app or game that we haven't highlighted yet? Let us know in the comments below and we might feature it in a future video. For more of our Mac app picks, check out our essential Mac apps archive.

Top Rated Comments

Mr Magoo Avatar
15 months ago
Textsniper seems like a nice app. ?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheFluffyDuck Avatar
14 months ago
I'm a simple man, I see a subscription app to do a single task. I don't use it.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
15 months ago

Doesn't Adobe Acrobat Pro have Convert to Text? Or does your work not require the Pro version?
Doesn't Adobe Acrobat Pro cost a lot more than a one off $5 cost?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
omenatarhuri Avatar
15 months ago

I was full of stoke and love when I read your post....... but I just tried to download this, and it says you need to be running Catalina???? Why the hell???? I'm not installing that piece of sh*t Catalina. What the hell does this app do that requires Catalina???
Damn, sorry about that. The app utilises some of the latest APIs released by Apple and unfortunately those don't support older operating systems.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chas_m Avatar
14 months ago
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoy this series of articles. Will definitely be checking out Panelicious!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zackkitzmiller Avatar
14 months ago

I was full of stoke and love when I read your post....... but I just tried to download this, and it says you need to be running Catalina???? Why the hell???? I'm not installing that piece of sh*t Catalina. What the hell does this app do that requires Catalina???
Ya know how operating systems provide new APIs with each release? This app uses some new APIs. New APIs can be easier to integrate, provide access to things previous APIs didn't allow, fix bugs in APIs, and provide security updates.

Catalina has these. The developer took advantage of them, and made an awesome app. I'm going to get both, because supporting indie developers (who use new and featureful APIs) so they can keep making awesome software for us fools who upgrade our OSs to get better apps.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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