The Week in Mac Apps: Create customized browser rules with Browser Fairy

This week's roundup of new Mac apps includes Browser Fairy, a tool that lets you match specific websites to your preferred browser for that site. Plus, battery utilities, task managers, and more.

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This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Browser Fairy, a tool that lets you match specific websites to your preferred browser for that site. Plus, battery utilities, task managers, and more. Read on!


2Do 2.2

Designed to simplify your life, Beehive Innovations’s $25 2Do (Mac App Store Link) won’t let you forget anything important—it tracks your tasks and checklists to completion.

2Do creates automatic backups and syncs your data across all your devices via Dropbox, CalDAV, or Toodledo. You can also protect your information with a password, and use tags to make searching for entries easier.


Browser Fairy 1.7.3

Venqoo’s $5 Browser Fairy (Mac App Store Link) allows you to override OS X’s default settings, to let you open specific websites in whatever browser you’d like. Want to run in Safari and in Chrome automatically? Browser Fairy can do that for you.

The app features a simple interface that lets you create rules using specific keywords or partial URLs, and then associate the matching sites to one of the browsers installed on your Mac.


FruitJuice - Active Battery Health and Monitoring 2.2.10

The Battery Project’s $10 FruitJuice (Mac App Store Link) monitors your battery levels and keeps accurate statistics based on your usage history to help you better manage your power consumption.

The app records your charging patterns over a period of time and uses this information to notify you when to stop charging your laptop for the best performance. It also provides real-time information on your battery’s status based on its age, condition, and capacity.


The Hit List — Simply Powerful Tasks, To-Dos, Projects, & Reminders 1.1.19

As the name suggests, Karelia Software’s $50 The Hit List (Mac App Store Link) lets you categorize your tasks into multiple lists and assign them different levels of priority based on their importance.

The Hit List keeps track of your progress with due dates, supports adding notes and tags to each item, and can synchronize your content over iCloud for use with its companion app for iOS and watchOS.


John's Background Switcher - Make Your Desktop Beautiful 1.4

John Conners’s $9 John’s Background Switcher keeps you entertained by displaying your photos either as a full-screen slideshow or as a beautiful animated collage right on your desktop.

The app supports pictures from both your local photo library and a variety of online sources like Flickr, Facebook, or Pinterest, and comes with several display effects for some extra flair.


MacGourmet Deluxe 4 4.2.5

For all your culinary needs, Mariner Software’s $30 MacGourmet Deluxe 4 (Mac App Store Link) records and organizes all your recipes, all while keeping tabs on calories and nutritional information to help your healthy eating habits.

The app allows you to add images and step-by-step instructions to each dish, features a special “Chef’s View” mode to keep you focused on your cooking while your hands are busy, and creates shopping lists based on recipe ingredients to help you plan your meals. Need a drink with that? MacGourmet also lets you add notes about your favorite wine and beer pairings.


Polarr Photo Editor Lite 1.3.1

Polarr’s Polarr Photo Editor Lite (Mac App Store Link) has editing tools that let you customize your photos any way you want.

The app includes a number of filters for applying different effects, and it organizes your edits in chronological order for quick retrieval if you change your mind. It also supports exports in popular file formats, such as JPEG, PNG, and RAW.


WeatherBug - Weather Forecasts and Alerts 1.0

EarthNetworks’s WeatherBug (Mac App Store Link) displays real-time local weather forecasts right on your desktop.

The app sits in your Menu Bar and sports a simple interface that shows at-a-glance information on temperature, hourly forecasts, current Doppler Radar, and any applicable weather alerts. If you travel frequently, you can also track multiple locations and sync your settings across all your devices.


ZoomNotesX 1.6

For efficient note taking, Deliverance Software’s $7 ZoomNotesX (Mac App Store Link) introduces a versatile interface designed to help you quickly jot down anything that you need to remember.

ZoomNotesX allows you to attach images, sounds, and videos to your notes, and supports freehand sketching with preset drawing guides for lines and arcs. It can sync its data over iCloud, and even comes with a companion app for iOS.

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