I signed up for Setapp for a free trial week. Setapp is an app subscription service for macOS where you sign up for $10 a month to gain full access to a catalog of over 100 apps.

This is not a review of Setapp, but rather my initial experience with it after having heard about it a few times on the Mac Power Users podcast. Many of apps in the Setapp catalog are well known and as such I was already aware of them. But there are several that are new to me.

Apps that I found myself using often during the trial:

  • Marked
  • Mindnode
  • Flume
  • Timing
  • iStat Menus

Apps I installed and use occasionally and would expect to use occasionally in the future:

  • WiFi Explorer
  • World Clock Pro

Apps I tried but then uninstalled after using just one or two times:

  • CleanMyMac X
  • IconJar
  • Luminar Flex

Apps that are included in Setapp but which I’ve previously bought individually and use anyway:

  • Screens
  • Paw
  • Sip

So with a very rough mental calculation I think the math would work out alright. Of course the main hook/promise of Setapp is the potential of all the other apps. Many may not be relevant today but may become relevant tomorrow. Their stated goal:

We have 100+ apps in the stack and are steadily adding more of them to cover all of your main needs. Eventually, Setapp is to deliver about 300 Mac apps, all per a single $9.99 fee (+ taxes).

I have already identified some apps that I plan to use soon but just didn’t have a chance to use during the trial period. I’ve now subscribed for one month, and if it still seems useful after that, I will likely switch to the annual plan for 10% off.

If you would like to try out Setapp, select here to use my referral code.