Hello again, and welcome to this month’s best iOS and macOS apps for March 2021. If you missed last month’s entry, or it’s your first time here, it’s a pretty straightforward post.
I’m going to share with you eight awesome iOS and macOS apps that you’ve probably never heard of before. Some of them will be very popular, while others will be very independent. They vary in price, function, and style so that every month you can walk away with at least one app you love.
I’m very excited about this month’s iOS and macOS apps and hope you enjoy and use them.
All right, enough preamble – let’s go!
The best iOS apps of March 2021
1. Yum: Find recipes for the ingredients you already have
First on our list of great iOS apps is Yummly. Yummly is an app that I downloaded after subscribing to the Imperfect foods a service.
Imperfect Foods is a great platform that sends you weekly groceries from the store that would normally be thrown away. Instead, they collect those “imperfect” groceries, sell them to you at a discount, and ship them to your doorstep. You save money and the environment – what’s not to like?
So why am I talking about Imperfect Foods when it’s supposed to be Yummly? Because one of the challenges I encountered using this service was that I was getting groceries that I would normally never buy.
For example, I continued to have carrots every week. And as strange as it may sound, I didn’t know what to do with it. I couldn’t think of any meals to add them to, didn’t know how to cook them and they sat in my fridge waiting for me to know what they were for.
Enter Yummly. This app allows you to search and save recipes from all over the web using ingredients you already have. For example, if I have carrots and chicken, I can put those ingredients in the search bar and get hundreds of recipes that use those ingredients.
If you love to cook at any level you don’t need me to tell you how awesome it is. Just go to the store, grab some new vegetables, seasonings, sauces, meats or cheeses, search for them with this app and do something awesome that you have never done before.
2. StitchPics: Easily stitch multiple screenshots together
StitchPics is an app that I use so often that I can’t believe it wasn’t included in my Best of series again. As someone who enjoys hoarding data and collecting bits and bobs on the internet, this is an app I constantly use to make the photos I save more compact and readable.
It is a simple application. Suppose you want to save screenshots of a website you are reading. These are instructions on how to fix your car, a new recipe, or photos from your parents’ Facebook account. To capture the full image, however, you need to take multiple screenshots as you scroll.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t have a built-in feature that lets you take a scrolling screenshot (yet). This is where StitchPics comes in.
You take your screenshots, then open StitchPics and select those screenshots from your photos. StitchPics then automatically merges them into a single image. It does this by connecting the overlapping regions of each screenshot to each other. You then save the new “long” screenshot to your photos, and that’s it! Simple, easy, and something you will use every day.
3. Halide Mark II: Make your iPhone camera a professional feature
The iPhone camera has always filled some sort of weird niche by not filling any niche at all. It has all the power to be a great camera for professional photographers. But even with all the latest features and modes, the iPhone’s camera still works like a basic camera. This makes it overkill for the average user and underpowered for professionals.
Seeing this problem, Halide Mark II was created to harness the full power of the iPhone camera. It combines the functionality of Specter, an app that won Apple of the Year in 2019, as well as the original Halide app.
The result is a camera app packed with features like manual focus, more ways to use RAW photos, advanced exposure tools, a built-in level, support for Siri shortcuts, and much more. Moreover. Not to mention all kinds of features unique to this app like Focus Loupe, Technical Readout, and Coverage.
You have to pay for this app, either by subscription or all at once. Considering that it’s for pros and avid hobbyists, however, and the 50+ features included, it’s justified.
4. Bubble: spontaneous reminders
I have a complaint about this app, and that’s its name. As cute as it is, it is hard to find this app on the App Store. Even after knowing what I was looking for, I had to dig through tons of seedy bubble shooter mobile games before I found Bubb buried in the mess.
But that’s all. Love everything else about this app. It’s one of those ideas that is so simple and flexible that it ends up being something really special for everyone.
Bubb lets you create what he calls “spontaneous reminders”, which are exactly as they sound. You create a reminder, then Bubb will send it to you at random for a period of your choice.
The app was created to help the developer improve posture with random daily reminders to sit up straight. However, you can create your own reminders for things like checking your feelings, remembering to relax, drink water, go for a walk, etc.
Take a look, I have a feeling most of us could use this kind of tool.
The best macOS apps of March 2021
1. Parallels Toolbox: Instantly add tons of new features to your Mac
Parallels Toolbox is an app that I found recently while writing a separate AppleToolBox article. Since finding it, I have concluded that it is a must have for everyone on Mac (and even PC).
Parallels Toolbox is an app that costs $ 20 / year and provides you with all the tools, features and settings for your Mac that you have always dreamed of. This includes things you wish Apple had added (like the ability to create alarms, save storage space, and archive files) for features you didn’t know you wanted (like disabling your microphone, presentation mode and downloading videos).
Put simply, it’s an app that fills in the gaps in everything macOS doesn’t yet offer. And for the features that your Mac currently offers, it makes them simpler and more convenient.
2. Scrivener: the best application for writing a novel
If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard of Scrivener. Chances are, you didn’t drop the $ 50 for this, however. I don’t blame you! I avoided Scrivener for a long time, trying to keep track of my novels and short stories using text files like Pages and Markdown.
Towards the beginning of last year, however, I decided to give Scrivener a try. I can’t imagine going back there.
At first glance, Scrivener may seem a bit complicated. Especially if you compare it to something like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. But in reality, it’s not much more complicated than these other apps.
The main advantage of Scrivener is the organization. It allows you to divide the pages of your novel by scene, then group those scenes into chapters. By breaking down your novel this way, you can easily rearrange things, replace parts you don’t like, organize your drafts, and more.
It also offers a section for keeping notes, templates for character files, tools for compiling your finished novel, and much more. It’s the only creative writing app you’ll ever need, and once you pay the $ 50, you’ll have it forever. Worth every penny!
3. Scapple: The Ultimate Mind Mapper
I spent the weekend looking for a great alternative to Scapple for my iPad, and I couldn’t. I just wished Scapple was available on iPadOS and iOS.
Scapple is another application from the literature from developers Scrivener and Latte. Like Scrivener, it’s something you can use for your writing, but it’s also great for organizing your thoughts on anything.
What makes Scapple so great is its flexibility. It focuses on giving you all the tools you need to create a mind map effectively, and then places little to no restriction on how you use those tools. You can add points and notes just by clicking, include links and images, easily draw arrows, drag and drop and much more.
My biggest gripe is the price. I think $ 10 would be a bit fairer than $ 18. That, and I wish it was on iPad. Otherwise, it’s a great Scrivener companion.
4. Dropover: drag and drop has improved
Dropover is a great free app for Mac. It allows you to drag and drop objects between apps with more ease and flexibility.
If you drag and drop files all the time (like me), you know holding a file with the mouse while sliding between apps on Mac is a bit tricky. It doesn’t always work as expected and can be a bit frustrating whenever you drag multiple files at once.
Dropover simplifies this by introducing a “shelf”. Whenever you start dragging a file, link, or piece of text, you can shake your mouse to activate Dropover. A small shelf will appear where you can set the dragged object. You can then add other objects to this shelf if you want.
Whenever you switch to the app you want to drop the files into, the shelf will follow you. This way you don’t have to hold your mouse down all the time. You can also share items right from your Dropover shelf, which is really handy.
My only complaint is that the “Pro” version of the app doesn’t offer any additional functionality. It just prevents the app from asking you to switch to “Pro”. However, this is only a one-time fee of $ 4, so not a problem at all. Developers deserve to be supported, after all!
What are your favorite apps?
Love all the iOS and macOS apps in this month’s Best Of article. As always, these are apps that I use all the time that make my Mac and iPhone experience infinitely better.
If you have any favorite apps you want to share, be sure to do so in the comments below. Until then, check out some of the other articles here on AppleToolBox and tune in next month to check out the best iOS and macOS apps.