In the test: The best apps – Part 2

TopFolder

Top folder
Picture: TopFolder

What’s the matter:

If you want to open a special folder in macOS, you usually navigate there with the Finder. Or you can get a quick access to the most recently used documents with a small download of recents. As a powerful alternative in the Mac App Store recently TopFolder the app is ready, which places your desired folder by means of a floating window on the screen. A finder of a different kind.

Why load:

TopFolder actually makes finding files faster. In the floating window, up to 26 groups can be formed alphabetically. Each group can contain ten folders. All 260 folders always remain in the foreground, regardless of which program is currently open. The workflow is thus much easier and faster by hand: So you do not have to push the program window back and forth.

Good to know:

TopFolder can also display external storage media, allowing fast access to USB flash drives, hard disk SD cards and more. In the new version 1.6 TopFolder also supports the dark mode of macOS Mojave.

Price and Availability:

10,99 Euro in the Mac App Store

Setapp

Setapp
Picture: Setapp

What’s the matter:

For your Mac, you can of course buy each app individually as usual in the Mac App Store. But now there is also a subscription for Mac apps called Setapp. The operator rents well-known and popular Mac apps. The annual subscription costs the equivalent of 105 euros.

Why load:

Many applications you load will open a few times and never again. You have paid anyway. At Setapp, you’ll pay the annual subscription fee and then access over a hundred popular and curated apps across all categories – from productivity to business to lifestyle. In-app purchases are not applicable. Banner ads are also spared you. So you can filter out your favorites over time and then load really important applications in the Mac App Store.

Good to know:

A Setapp subscription can be used on a maximum of two computers. If an update is issued for the apps that are involved in Setapp, you will receive it for free. macOS X 10.10 or later is required.

Price and Availability:

Currently Setapp is around the Black Friday for the equivalent of 60 euros on offer.

Online Dermatologist – AppDoc

Online Dermatologist App Doc
Image: App Doc

What’s the matter:

Digital medicine – keyword eRezept – is hardly practiced in Germany so far. With the application Online Dermatologist AppDoc, an interesting joint project of the University Hospitals Essen and Heidelberg in cooperation with the “National Center for Tumor Diseases” and the German Cancer Research Center has now been published. You can use the program to take photos of unusual skin characteristics and to get an assessment from the university staff.

Why load:

In big cities you will find a huge range of dermatologists. But often there is an inhibition threshold to show the doctor on site a skin condition. AppDoc uses the digital anonymous way. Useful the app can also be for those who live in the countryside and have no specialist in the vicinity.

Good to know:

In addition to the digital dermatologist in the app, the operators have also set up a website. Among other things, you can take a look at the medical team here. In addition, a “skin encyclopedia” is ready. Also “Frequently Asked Questions” can be viewed there.

Price and Availability:

iOS and Android, basic version for free. Each assessment of the experts costs 35 euros.

Minimal Calendar

Minimal Calendar
Picture: Minimal Calendar

What’s the matter:

There’s no shortage of calendar apps on the App Store. The most popular applications are Fantastical, MiCal, Cal by Any.do, Google Calendar, and the Outlook Microsoft Mail app, which has a calendar built-in. All favorites have one thing in common: they offer many functions – and this suffers from the clarity. This is where Minimal Calendar comes in with its concept: less is more.

Why load:

If you enter many appointments into your mobile calendar, you do not want to dig through a larger menu with day, list and week view. Minimal Calendar is much tidier. The large font for the date, but also for the entries reflects Apple’s current desired design specifications with a lot of white space and large headlines perfectly. There is no room for gimmicks, it’s about large-scale overviews and fast adding of appointments and reminders.

Good to know:

Minimal Calendar is not localized yet. Even an iPad and Mac version are still missing for cross-device sync. Thus, you can organize your appointments with this app so far only on the iPhone.

Price and Availability:

4,49 Euro in the iOS App Store

Storm Boy

Storm Boy
Image: Storm Boy

What’s the matter:

Outside, gray skies and cold for weeks – the title of this game sounds less auspicious. But in this mix of play and interactive narration after the novella by Colin Thiele you are guaranteed to warm your heart, because Storm Boy is a touching and melancholy, laid-back story about a little boy and his friend Mr. Percival, a pelican – for kids and adults.

Why load:

Seldom was a gameplay so relaxed and touching. For variety provide several mini games. The specially composed soundtrack and the lovingly animated graphics complete this downloadable tip.

Good to know:

Storm Boy is not yet localized in Germany. Since the app is also text-based, English skills are an advantage to advance the story. The game is also available for consoles (PS 4, Nintendo, Xbox One), there is also a Steam Edition. Due to the success of the book a film adaptation of the substance was only logical. Storm Boy will be released on January 17, including Sony Pictures winning Geoffrey Rush as one of the cast members.

Price and Availability:

3.39 euros in the Google Play Store / 3.49 euros in the iOS App Store

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