Some of the smaller developers make excellent apps for macOS. Here's five that I use on a regular basis.

I'm pretty sure that most of you are familiar with the mainstream apps for macOS. Obviously Final Cut Pro, but also the Microsoft suite, the Apple Pages/Numbers/Keynote suite, Illustrator & Photoshop and the Illustrator & Photoshop replacements. There's a lot.

But what about some of the smaller apps? I thought I'd put down five lesser-known apps that I use on a regular basis. So in no particular order, here we go!

1) Paste

Paste is a very simple clipboard manager that does the job of providing more than one cut/paste buffer. By using the Shift Command V shortcut, a panel appears at the bottom of the screen showing your clipboard history. You can then click on any of the previous 'clips' to paste wherever you like. 

paste on all devices macos


This is great when you have to transfer multiple lines of information between programs - such as adding subtitles or captions in FCP. The pinboard at the top also allows you to keep information and websites (Or anything else that will fit into the clipboard buffer) available with a click. 

The clever stuff happens when it synchronises across your devices using iCloud storage. Universal Clipboard is clever, but having your entire clipboard history available (and searchable) on all devices saves a lot of time and stops stuff getting lost. Apple should just employ the developer and bundle Paste into the macOS. 

There is a 14 day free trial, I went for the £17.99 a year family subscription.

Download on the Mac App Store


2) Infographics Maker/Toolbox for Keynote

If you've ever had to make a series of infographics, maps or any graphics where you need to plot or share data, you must check out Infographics maker in the Toolbox for keynote, a huge collection of templates for Pages. Use for mograph inspiration or adapt the graphics for Keynote and Motion.

infographics maker


The app is a lightweight viewing tool, click on an infographic you like and it will download. There are hundreds and hundreds of different styles and layouts, maps of nearly every country, state and region you can think of. It will pay for itself on the first job.

There is a twist though, this app has been rolled into a 'Toolbox' where the individual items are at £2.49 each or everything is £49.00. Slightly confusing, but I think this works out better as you have access to even more graphics for about the same price. Not too sure I can convert my purchase though!

Download on the Mac App Store


3) Mindnode 

A very simple mind mapping program that works exactly how you would expect. I use the free version and it seems to do almost everything I need, a great way to get ideas out of your head. I've also used the layout to show clients a marketing strategy, it works much better than a plain list.

mindnode Brainstorm Visually


There is Mindnode Plus which is available as a monthly or yearly subscription.

Mindnode Plus

  • Collect everything: add text, images and links to nodes
  • Outlining: create your document using a hierarchical, organized approach
  • Visual Tags: tag your thoughts for more context, highlight tags to see new relationships • Notes: keep your mind map easy to read without losing a single detail
  • Connections: connect nodes on different branches
  • Tasks: turn your thoughts into actions
  • Quick Entry: just start typing to collect thoughts
  • Themes: beautiful out-of-the-box themes and unlimited personal themes
  • Images: insert your own images and annotate them
  • Stickers: 260+ hand-crafted stickers with adjustable colors
  • Styling: rich styling options for every single part of your document
  • Layouts: top-down and horizontal
  • Focus Mode: put a spotlight on a single branch
  • Dark Mode: for when your thoughts come at night
  • Share Tasks: to Apple Reminders, Things, and OmniFocus

Download on the Mac App Store


4 Ulysses

There are may writing applications out there and I've tried quite a few. The one that has worked the best for me is Ulysses. I like the fact that you can strip away any distractions and concentrate on the writing. In dark mode of course.

I do pay the slightly pricey £49.99 per year which syncs everything across devices. Very handy to be able to access all your current writing projects from anywhere. I do quite a bit of refining of projects on my iPhone whilst stuck in the car waiting to taxi the kids around.

Ulysses mac app


I'm also pretty sure I don't even use half of the features, but it's easy to use, robust and it also won an Editor's Choice award from Apple.

Download on the Mac App Store


5) Chronosync

Only yesterday I was talking with another editor about how great this automated backup app is. Chronosync has saved me from a large data loss a couple of times now (Yes that QNAP ransomeware problem) by its simple backup operation. All you have to do is select what you want copied to where and when you want it to happen. Once the initial copy happens, the next backups are only incremental.

ChronoSync Organizer


As an example, every Friday I backup my RAID. This is a copy of four partitions on the RAID to two large hard drives in an OWC Thunderbolt dock. I have saved all the single operations in to one 'global backup' command that executes with one click. 

I have the full version which can backup web servers and build bootable drives, but the $24.99 Chronosync Express does the majority of backup tasks an individual would need, even backing up drives across the internet. Great reviews on the Mac App Store as well.

Download on the Mac App Store


There you go, five apps that I use a lot. They are all great and do tasks that make them worth the money and save a lot of time.



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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Stu Wart's Avatar
Stu Wart replied the topic: #118643 26 Jan 2022 15:16
Chronosync is great. Nothing can compare to it.

The "Dupe" apps you can find are not dedicated as it is to... Sync
NLE_Ninja's Avatar
NLE_Ninja replied the topic: #118659 27 Jan 2022 15:53
Paste has been a lifesaver and great productivity app since I found out about 3 years ago. The amount of copy and pasting on do daily made this app a must have.
JoeEditor's Avatar
JoeEditor replied the topic: #118661 27 Jan 2022 17:19
Now you've got me curious about Chronosync, why is it better than Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper?
AlexBacker's Avatar
AlexBacker replied the topic: #119054 16 Feb 2022 14:45
These apps are very good, but sometimes some apps are missing, and it's a shame. For example, an application that would hide your phone number you think is pointless, but in fact, it will keep you safe from intruders. For a year, I have been using a Virtual Phone Number that allows me to call anywhere in the world and hide my number, thus protecting it. macOS, think about this application. I think it will be useful for a lot of people.
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VTC replied the topic: #119056 16 Feb 2022 16:37
All are free but there may be some sites that charge you.

Unlimited clipboard for oodles of info.


Mousing with no display border boundaries. 


Shares all screens and clipboards on the network. 

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AlexBacker replied the topic: #119178 24 Feb 2022 16:40
I agree with you.