Setapp – alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store

With Setapp you will be able to gain access to more than 60 curated Mac apps for just $9.99 per months. MacPaw says it will eventually offer up to 300 different apps for that price, as new apps will be added each month.

MacPaw is the company that developed CleanMyMac, and it is also responsible for Setapp. You will find that Setapp is a great subscription-based alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store.

Getting started with Setapp

Getting started with Setapp is fairly easy, and you will get a one month free trial when signing up. This will give you the opportunity to determine whether or not you actually want to pay for it each month. If you don’t like the app, you can also cancel your subscription at any point during the trial period. If you do not cancel your subscription, your debit/credit card will be charged $9.99 for the next month.

After you download Setapp, the package of 61 apps will be immediately made available from the Finder Sidebar as well as a pulldown menu on the Mac’s main menu bar. The preferences section will allow you to place the Setapp folder in the dock, where clicking on it reveals the teaser apps that are inside. There are lots of different apps to choose from, so it’s highly recommended that you take the time to see what exactly you have to choose from.

Apps in the Setapp folder are displayed in Launchpad as well, and they can be located via Spotlight search. Once launched, they also appear in the Applications folder, just like your other apps. If you are not currently familiar with all of the apps, you don’t need to worry. You will be able to search for different categories like Writing, Video, Photo, and Brainstorming from the menu bar.

If you want to check out an app before you actually download it, all you need to do is click and hold down the space bar for a Quick View. If you want to try the app, click the Open button on the preview pane. The app will instantly launch on your hard drive and appear in the dock. You will find that apps are distributed among categories that include productivity, video, developer tools, utilities, finance, graphic design, and more. Each tile lists the developer’s website, and many of them offer free trial periods.

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