As comprehensive as major Mac apps and utilities have become, there are times when a simple one-trick pony app does the job. Most good ones don’t cost much, deliver exactly what you want in a solution package better than anything else, and become an indispensable tool that gets used year after year.
Here’s a couple of such apps that reside on my Mac, and while they do what some other utilities do, they do it better.
First on the list is Get Plain Text. What it does is what TextEdit on your Mac can do. Change formatted text to plain text. Except that Get Plain Text does it from the clipboard so you don’t need to open another app to, well, get plain text from formatted text that you’ve copied.
Get Plain Text doesn’t care where the text came from (email, PDF, Word document) it removes the formatting and gives you plain text. Set it to change to the clipboard’s contents to plain text automatically, or manually as needed. Either way, it saves steps and works great.
Second on my list is Broom, a Mac utility which alerts you when your Mac’s storage is running low, and helps you to clean up and remove files you may not need; perfect to reclaim precious disk space.
Broom is a Mac Menubar app so it simply sits there and waits for your hard disk drive or SSD storage to fill up to specific amount– then it issues an alert. Or, click on the Menubar icon and get a quick view. Broom can also scan your Mac and list apps or files or documents or whatever else might be cluttering up your Mac’s storage– files you can do without.
Nicely done. Simple. Elegant. And, just like Get Plain Text, affordable.