What do we do on our Macs more than anything else? For too many of us it’s, 1) email, and 2) browsing somewhere on the interwebs. All three apps promise to make your online life just a bit easier and faster.
Free vs. Cost
Tops on my list today is the free web browser, Brave. We’ve written extensively about Brave and why it can be a good browser choice to supplement Safari, and far better than Chrome. Brave blocks ads and trackers. The latest version uses Chromium which spawned Google’s Chrome, so caveat emptor.
Still, Brave is free, fast, blocks ads and trackers, and gets better with every release.
Second on the list is an ad blocker for Safari (and Chrome, if you’re inclined to the dark side). It’s called AdBlock. Duh. What you get is more privacy, fewer ads, fewer trackers, and some built-in controls so you can support websites you like with a whitelist.
What does AdBlock do beyond what the name displays? Ad blockers in general save you time (no ads to view, faster webpage downloads) because you don’t need to download ads you don’t want to see. And, they save on bandwidth because ads and trackers are blocked; again, saving time, saving bandwidth. More than 60-million people use AdBlock and ratings are 4.5-stars.
So far, you get a free browser that blocks ads and trackers, and a free adblocker that blocks ads and trackers on Safari and Chrome.
How about something to help with the scourge of email? Dejalu is a Mac email app that’s been in beta and made it all the way to version 1.0. Wait. What? Another email app? All the good ones are either, 1) free, or, 2) have a price tag. So far, Dejalu is free but not packed with all the features you’d expect to find in Apple’s Mail, Airmail, or even Spark (a favorite).
Dejalu’s claim to fame is price tag and ease of use. That’s another way of saying minimalist. And that’s another way of saying not too many features. It won’t take you long to master Dejalu. It has CC/BCC, only downloads email messages you want, has a Dock badge to count messages, and it’s even Gmail friendly. Even better, it doesn’t take up much screen real estate. Compare that to Mail.
I know what you’re thinking. “Whatever happened to Friday Freebies?” Free apps are more difficult to come by these days, what with the trend toward In-App purchases, prices that changed everyday, and the desire for good Mac developers to make a buck. So, it’s Freebie Wednesday. Free price and almost free cost.