As a Mac user, I’ve always appreciated the concept of the App Store. I mean, it’s so easy compared to Windows – you don’t need to search Google when you need a piece of software, check hundreds of download sites, read user comments to find out whether an app is malware or not, etc. On a Mac, everything is easy: simply click on the App Store icon in the dock, search for an app, read the reviews and get it. However, even the App Store isn’t perfect because (if I’m completely honest) there’s a lot of crap there. Luckily, there is an alternative: Setapp. Hey, but why use Setapp and pay for it when the App Store is free? Let me tell you why and share my experience.
How I Got Setapp in the First Place
Ok, let me be honest – I don’t like paying for software unless I absolutely have to. When Setapp first came out and its developer began promoting it, there wasn’t all that much to it. But the idea sounded promising: a subscription-based App Store alternative featuring hand-picked premium software. Since MacPaw offered an extended trial period in Setapp’s early days, I decided to install it.
At first, I didn’t use it much. But then I started getting notifications of new apps being added, so I checked it out more often. And then the developer added ProWritingAid, one of my favourite premium writing tools that isn’t at all cheap. I don’t know how Setapp did it, really, but with the suite I was getting that and several other useful paid apps for less than $10/month. That’s when I decided to purchase it.
Since then, Setapp included dozens of other amazing Mac apps without raising the subscription price. So, all in all, it’s a fantastic deal that I recommend!
As a freelance writer, I managed to save a lot thanks to Setapp because it includes expensive writing apps like ProWritingAid and Ulysses. These two apps alone would have cost me a fortune, not to mention all the other cool apps I get through Setapp.