An unfortunate side effect of running a site which reviews Mac apps is the long and growing list of apps that I’ll never use, ever, even though they’re good, and somebody somewhere will want the functionality. Here’s a look at four Mac apps, each with something unique and useful to the right user, and half are free.
First, Erato. It’s not really a word processor. It’s more of a simple Markdown editor. Only a small percentage of Mac users get into Markdown, but as editors go, this one is decent. Syntax is highlighted, it indents automatically, and has a fullscreen mode, along with autosave, and easy export to HTML.
Just don’t think of Erato as a substitute for Word or Pages, or even TextEdit. It’s Markdown all the way.
Second on my list is GIFLocker. Honestly, I thought GIFs were almost extinct, but there’s been a recent flurry of activity with GIF animation and video online.
The handy interface lets you download GIFs and store them on your Mac. It doesn’t cost much because it doesn’t do much.
Third on my list, fittingly, Rule of Three. This is a clever Mac app which lets you solve the Rule of Three tasks. Rule of Three?
rule of three noun Mathematics,
a method of finding a number in the same ratio to a given number as exists between two other given numbers.
I never heard of it, either, but if you need to find a number in the same ratio, this is the tool. It’s free.
Finally, and free, is USBleat. The app does two things. It can alert you when a USB device is connected or disconnected to or from your Mac. And, the notification is from farmyard noises. US…Bleat. As in sheep. As in barnyard animal.
USBleat is free but comes with some restrictions, including giving USB info but only on one devices at a time. This is pretty close to a solution looking for a problem.