5 app recommendations in May 2024

Are you looking for useful programs for the Apple Mac? Then you've come to the right place! In this guide you will find five app recommendations for macOS - and some for other operating systems as well. The following problems are being solved today: the synchronized playback of video files over the Internet, the clear management of media files, streams and games, the precise measurement of pixels and millimeters on the screen, the simple window management by mouse movement, and the practical compilation of code sections for different purposes. At the end of the article you will also find links to the Mac app recommendations from the last few months and years.

1.Sync play

Syncplay is an app that ensures that media files viewed with others are accurately synchronized under macOS, Windows, Linux and BSD. So if you want to watch a film or series together and not have any latency problems, Syncplay could be the solution. The content played locally by one person is streamed to the other people, with constant matching of metadata ensuring that everyone sees and hears the same thing. However, the media content is not played directly in Syncplay - one of the compatible programs is required: VLC, IINA, MPC-HC, mpv.net, MPC-BE or mpv. Information about the app, installation and use can be found on the website.

  • Name: Syncplay
  • Category: Network/Sync Help
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: Website

2.Kodi

Kodi is more for those who want to sort their media files locally and access them conveniently. The software is also perfect for anyone who wants to convert an aging Mac into a media center or Smart TV alternative. Because Kodi starts as a full-screen app and thus ensures a clear and individually customizable media library. You can use different categories with the app to access films, series, music, music videos, TV content, radio stations, games, pictures and more with just one click. The design and language can be managed in the settings. Individual designs, so-called skins, can be downloaded. The whole thing is completely free.

  • Name: Kodi
  • Category: Media Management
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: Website

3. Free Rulers

Free Ruler can be used as a design and measuring aid on the Apple Mac. The app puts horizontal and vertical rulers on the screen that can be used to measure the dimensions of digital content as well as real objects. A ruler with pixel information is available for the digital content and design elements. If the ruler is to be used for objects held in front of the display, the scale can also be changed to millimeters and centimeters. This makes Free Ruler a possible alternative to measurist. However, Measurist is the better choice if you need a protractor in addition to a ruler.

4.Loop

Loop is a window manager that stands out from other window manager apps with its radial menu. Holding a trigger button brings up the radial menu. The subsequent mouse movement then determines where the currently active program window will be located. In addition, key combinations for arranging windows on the edge of the screen, in a specific corner or as a full screen can be set in the Loop app settings. Since there is no Apple verification for the app, you have to open it using the “Open anyway” button Settings -> Privacy release. In addition, access to operating aids must be permitted after the first start. But then everything works as it should.

  • Name: loop
  • Category: Window Manager
  • Price: Free
  • Info and download: GitHub

5. SnippetsLab

SnippetsLab serves as a lexicon for coding sections. Developers can use the app to store certain program parts, design elements, commands, effects and the like in the form of programming code. SnippetsLab supports all possible languages ​​and also offers an area for comments and notes. This means you can always find exactly the code you need for the current project. The user interface can be customized so that it visually matches the other apps in the developer workflow. You can get SnippetsLab as one of over 240 full versions Setapp-Subscription. In addition to programming aids, you will also find apps for everyday life, for AI assistance in various areas, a VPN and more.

  • Name: SnippetsLab
  • Category: Developer lexicon
  • Price: Setapp subscription for €9,99/month (single license) or €19,99/month (family subscription)
  • Info and download: Setapp

Setapp offers 240+ full app versions at a low subscription price

The Setapp software subscription brings you over 9,99 apps as a full version with all updates and no advertising to your Mac starting at €240 per month. An interesting app package for iPhone and iPad is also included. For families there is the family subscription for just €19,99 per month, which can be shared between four people. Everyone gets their own account and can use the offers for macOS, iOS and iPadOS.

On the offer's website you will already find all app titles from the categories Maintenance, Lifestyle, Productivity, Mac Hacks, Developer Tools, Task Management, Writing & Blogging, Education, Creativity and Personal Finance listed. New apps are regularly added to further fill the package. Included are other MacPaw apps, a VPN and so on. Here are the individual booking options: Setapp Single License / Setapp family subscription.

All previous app recommendations since June 2021

Since mid-2021, you have been receiving five app recommendations for the Mac every month here in the Sir Apfelot Blog. Most of the programs introduced since then are free, and some are even open source. If you want to get an overview of the previous software tips for the Apple Mac, then I recommend these articles:

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