Setapp or Not?

As I was reviewing my growing list of software subscriptions, I remembered Setapp. I’ve been subscribed to Setapp since launch. I like the idea of “Netflix but for apps”. Access to a large and growing list of useful apps for ten bucks a month is pretty great.

But is it worth it to me? Let’s see.

Apps I regularly use

  • Forklift
  • Marked
  • Ulysses
  • BusyCal
  • Renamer
  • CleanMyMac
  • iStat Menus
  • Permute
  • TaskPaper
  • Sip
  • Flume
  • Squash
  • Timing

Apps I occasionally or might use

  • Aeon Timeline
  • Bartender
  • BetterTouchTool
  • Declutter
  • Downie
  • Gemini
  • Gifox
  • Merlin Project Express
  • Netspot
  • NotePlan
  • Numi
  • Paw
  • Screens
  • WiFi Explorer

I’d say that settles it. Nearly 30 apps I either use often or only need occasionally for $10 a month makes it a no-brainer. I don’t even need to do the math on how much just the regularly-used apps would cost me. Also, Setapp regularly adds new apps, so the value continues to increase over time.

Published by Jack

Partner at Fusionary since 1995. Analog with a splash of digital.

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  1. @jack Great minds. I did the same analysis today as my subscription will be renewing soon. Unfortunately(?) I own some of the big apps already (Clean My Mac, BusyCal, Forklift, Marked) but decided it was worth it for RapidWeaver and Ulysses alone. If the apps I own get paid version bumps then Setapp will increase its value as I can switch over to their version from my individual licenses.

  2. @jack For me, it’s all about Ulysses. While that is included then it’s a great deal, but if I ever move away from it or it is no longer part of Setapp then it will be a harder call. I will say that I have started using apps like Numi that I hadn’t heard of before purely because I get them for “free” now, which is great.

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