Setapp is a subscription based app curation platform for Mac. TheNextWeb calls it the “Netflix of macOS applications”.
Installing Setapp is as straightforward as installing any other app on OSX. Simply drag the Setapp.dmg file into your applications folder and you’re good to go. At the time of writing, Setapp includes 65 apps.
The primary difference between an app bundled in Setapp versus having the original stand-alone app is that Setapp ensures that there are never any advertisements or in-app purchases required.
Some of the included apps that may be useful for tech professionals are:
- Simon – Server monitoring tool that checks for changes or failures; able to send notifications through email, speech, and even Twitter.
- Shimo – A VPN client that supports all major VPN protocols including CiscoVPN, PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN, and others. Supports multiple connections as well as two-factor authentication.
- Jump Desktop – Remote desktop app that supports any application that runs on RDP or VNC.
- NetSpot PRO – Wireless site survey tool that has a heatmap functionality to help you determine signal strength.
For developers, this offers a great marketing opportunity. The benefit here is being able to focus on your product while bringing in recurring revenue without having to do the marketing yourself. The company behind Setapp is actively looking for apps to include on its platform.
The subscription is a one-computer license; so users with more than one Mac would need to purchase additional subscriptions. The subscription is month-to-month with no annual contracts. At the time of writing this article Setapp has a free 30-day trial and an estimated subscription price of $9.99 per month.
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