This site was created by Jeff Maynard to review the best-in-class of a variety of apps for Apple devices (Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, TV, Watch).
In each category I have reviewed a number of apps (anything from two to ten) and selected the one I think is best - this is the one reviewed.
My process is simple (but comprehensive): use each app for weeks in 'normal' working and doing every day stuff. In this way I can better understand the nuances of use and don't rely on the PR stuff from the app developer.I do not review apps I am not planning to keep...
This Apple app review site does not really need a Help section. From the Home page choose the category of app you are interested in (Mac, iPadOS, iOS - iPadOS, iOS only - Mac only) and read the details of the app in which you are interested.
You can click on the link following to see screenshots or click on the brief description to see more details.
See the About tab for details of how the apps are chosen and reviewed.
This is a seriously flexible app but, at the same time, very easy to use.
Connect with one tap to your own FTP sites or to your account on Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, MS One Drive or any site using FTP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 (so Amazon...).
Recent updates to version 5 have focused on a combination of added functionality and ease-of-use with the option of 2FA for added security.
Transmit can connect to any device on your local network including RAID and other computers - this flexibility was behind the developers decision to call Transmit a File Transfer app rather than a simple FTP client.
Transmit can also be used to sync between local and remote, remote and remote, or local and local - a very flexible tool for managing paired storage. Transmit integrates well with Mac Finder allowing you to drag and drop between a Finder window and a Transmit window.
Even before you start wanting to edit a PDF, this app offers a great reading experience: day, night or sepia modes; comprehensive search including history; annotate any part of any PDF (using Apple pencil on iPad).
Editing extends not just to text but to images and links as well.
With or without an Apple pencil you can fill in and sign forms and documents; signatures are legally binding so no need to print, sign and post!.
PDFExpert woks across all your Apple devices (signed in to the same Apple Id): start editing on your Mac, read on your iPhone and complete and sign on your iPad.
As well as the option to rearrange the pages of a PDF document PDFExpert will combine two or more PDF documents into a single new one.
Individual pages from a PDF document can be removed, rotated or extracted.
See all your Apple Music playlists and their content
Select the track or tracks for conversion
Completed conversions are listed and can be found by clicking
When you subscribe to Apple Music you can stream or download some or all of your selected tracks as long as your subscription is valid and provided you use an Apple device or Apple authenticated software.
However, the DRM (Digital Rights Management) built in to each track prevents it being played on a non-Apple device or using non-authorised software; DRM also prevents you playing any track if you stop paying your Apple Music subscription..
TuneFab Apple Music converter removes the DRM from as many Apple Music tracks as you wish - this enables you to continue to enjoy them after your Apple Music subscription finishes.
Where is my Apple Music?
Launching TuneFab will automatically find all your Apple Music tracks and the playlists into which you have organised them (see screenshot of Library).
TuneFab is a very flexible converter taking in not just music tracks but audiobooks and podcasts as well and letting you select from many output formats (MP3, AC3, M4A, WAV, M4R, FLAC, MKA, AU, AC3 and more) and any and all ID3 tags and other metadata is preserved in the DRM-free converted file (this includes any cover art associated with each track).
To add to this flexibility, TuneFab includes options to change selected metadata - the 'Library' screenshot shows some of the options including your choice of output format.
Choice of conversion speed
TuneFab users with good performing Macs can elect to run conversions at 5x processing speed rather than the default 1x; this enables much more rapid conversion of a very large music collections.
What is DRM?
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the use of technology to control and manage access to copyrighted material; DRM also means taking control of digital content away from the person who possesses it and handing it to a computer program.
With a music library containing over 75 million songs in lossless quality, Apple Music is increasingly popular. But, not all devices can support the Apple Music app or recognise the format used by Apple Music (.m4p). To make your Apple Music songs playable across all your music devices and take full advantage of Apple Music subscription, you need TrueFab. Using TuneFab to convert your Apple Music tracks makes them playable on any device using any audio playing software.
Not an Apple user?
TuneFab also offers software to remove DRM from Spotify, Audible and Amazon Music alongside a converter to remove DRM from Apple M4V video files.
The price quoted on the introduction page ($14.99 plus local tax) is for a single month of use; TuneFab also offer a yearly and a lifetime plan.
You can subscribe to Arq backup as a service with included cloud storage. This is, without doubt, the simplest and easiest version to set up for the non-technical.
However, the service option does involve an ongoing (monthly or annual) cost. But, it is important to ensure that at least one copy of your backup data is held off-line (no matter how many local copies you have). A great way of achieving this is to use Arq to backup to the likes of Box or Dropbox particularly if you are using the free space offered (all of the cloud guys seem to offer anything from 2 Gb up without charge).
From the makers of well-know Coda, Nova takes coding to a whole new level.
Multiple options enable you to set the interface in any way you want then add workflow extensions to make your project building easy and quick.
Nova's sidebar is packed with power. A local file browser, remote file browser, Find (and Replace) across your project's files, a symbol navigator, text clips. Git. Task reports. Issues. And file tracking and publishing...
The sidebar can be split to show multiple tools at once, on the left and/or right side of your editor. You can drag your favourite tools into the sidebar dock at the top for one-click access as you develop your project.
Best advice for those trying Nov: browse and read the Nova Library for a truly awesome lsit of options, tools and coding aids.
Keyboard Maestro - more info
The perfect tool for power users.
Keyboard Maestro can help you fill in web forms, visit commonly read pages, download reports or bank statements, format web pages, and generally make browsing the web more efficient..
With so many possible actions that you can combine together, including flow control, conditions and looping actions, you can automate almost any task, from the trivial to very complex multi-application reporting systems..
Wondershare media convertor - more info
The perfect media convertor for any Apple environment.
Downloaded .MKV files are readily converted to Apple-compatible versions with 'Apple TV' as one of the (many) target output formats.
Similarly for .FLAC audio files which can be converted to any of the popular audio formats (including MP4 for Apple devices).
Batch conversion is available for any pair of formats.
Video conversions can include compression when storage space on a device is at a premium; subtitles can be removed during any conversion.
As an added bonus this app will record your full screen activity for games or selected screen areas for the likes of presentations.
Keeping two folders in sync, for whatever reason, can be tedious and often results in simply copying one to the other - but this can be time consuming.
Keeping two documents or sections of two documents in sync can be equally difficult; and if the reason is just to understand the differences, copying and overwriting is the wrong solution.This is where Kaleidoscope saves the day; drag two folders into the twin parts of teh Kaleidoscope interface and any differences (in both directions) are immediately shown. With just two clicks (choose the direction and start) the folders are brought to an equal state. Pairs of documents can be compared in much the same way and all or selected parts simply and quickly made equal.
Yate is great for simple tagging tasks: using a standard naming convention (such as 'artist - title') and selecting the genres you want each track to appear in (tracks can have multiple genres such as 'easy listening, jazz, soul')
But Yate includes an amazing list of other features enabling just about any media tag to be set or updated; you can also add your own custom fields.You can sync your settings and preferences between multiple Macs.The full list of features runs to more than 100 items and is best viewed on the Yate support site.