One-time paid apps you love!

With everything moving to subscription, what are your favorite one-time app purchases for MacOS?

I’ll start:

  • Alfred (helped me find the MPU forum!!)
  • BetterTouchTool (how is this app so cheap!!, super underrated)
  • Hazel (Thanks MPU)
  • Dark Noise (:kissing_heart: )
  • Keyboard Maestro (Love this, but most of the things I do in this are being done by BTT for me, either way, its an amazing app without a doubt)

PS: I try to stay away from subscription apps, but MPU hooked me up with 1P :frowning:


Really good topic @andy4222

Not an exhaustive list:

  • Things 3
  • Alfred
  • Hazel
  • Endel
  • TV Forecast
  • Tot
  • App in the Air
  • Dark Room

Will stop here… will give others the opportunity ……

I’m always tempted to buy Things 3, but its $70 price tag makes me re-think of paying that much for a To-Do list/ Task Manager.

Endel - seems really good. Did you end up getting the Mac or iOS (iOS is $249. expensive!)

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In no particular order:

  • Aflred
  • Hazel
  • DEVONThink
  • Postbox
  • Bartender
  • Tot
  • Cookie
  • Scrivener
  • iStat Menus


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Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher
Delicious Library

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@andy4222 I far as I know, the licence is multi-platform including Mac and Android. I recall paying around a $100 at the time, which now is a few years ago. Its worth it for me.

Things 3 is a bargain at the price. I know its a bit expensive because one has to buy it on each platform separately. however, if you look at others such as todoist and omnifocus, one can easily find value in Things. Having said that, Things is the best task manager for me. Its one of my Forever Five apps.

This is tough because I have hundreds. Here is a list not necessarily of my top apps, but 10 I feel could use a shoutout more than “Alfred” or “Keyboard Maestro” which are sure to be shouted out over and over.

Power Menu
Find Any File

  • Twitterrific on macOS
  • Qbserve
  • Marked 2
  • LookUp
  • HistoryHound
  • DEVONsphere Express

Obviously Keyboard Maestro and Alfred

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Checked out Better Touch Tool. It is $2.99!!! Wtg, Andy!

I like Things 3 a lot but it is hardly a bargain. I bought Things or Things 2. Then I bought Things 3 iOS app. Next I bought it for my iPhone. Now I am to shell out $50 MORE for my laptop? I’m beginning to get aggravated.


Curio (thinking/presenting tool)

Acorn (image editor)

Flying Logic (thinking tool)

Scrivener (writing tool)

Scapple (concept mapping)

Texpad (LaTeX editor)

PDF Expert (PDF viewer/annotator)

The list goes on…


Here is my list, note, some of the below also have subscriptions but I’m using the non-subscription versions.

  • Things 3
  • Aflred
  • DEVONThink
  • Drafts
  • Bartender
  • Scrivener
  • Pixelmator
  • Affinity
  • PDF Expert
  • Reeder
  • iA Writer
  • Obsidian
  • Logos Bible
  • And of course, Apple’s stock apps.

Some apps that I’m fond of

A few others that have already been mentioned for the most part.

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I love love love Keyboard Maestro

Is there a non-subscription version of Drafts?

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CleanShot is only 1 year of updates for the fee - otherwise it’s extra ££
Love the app and happily pay for the updates :slight_smile:

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Yes, the non-pro version.

  • iThoughtsX
  • Keyboard Maestro
  • Alfred
  • Moom
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A lot of great apps mentioned so far. One I use on the regular not mentioned yet is Gui Rambo’s wonderful AirBuddy. Highly recommended if you use AirPods with your Mac, makes connecting and managing them way easier!

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Better Touch Tool. It is $2.99!

Where did you see that?

I see $8.50 for 2 years: - Great Tools for your Mac!

(I bought the lifetime license, which currently is $20.50)