What kind of apps do you use? I am of the opinion that applications differ according to device. For example, we may use Safari on Mac, but also on iPhone and iPad. Ditto for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, and other built-in apps.
Apps is apps, right? Whatever needs to get done, well, there’s an app for that. Or, is there? When you’re on your Mac do you browse Facebook? Or, eBay? Or, other social media websites? Banking sites? Retail stores? For Mac users, there is a difference between apps and web apps.
Web apps are loosely defined as applications that run within a browser tab or window. Facebook is a good example. The Mac App Store has a few Facebook or Gmail apps, but most of us– at least, while we’re using the Mac– go for a web app instead.
In fact, apps and web apps are a good way to distinguish Mac usage from iOS usage. On iOS, almost all we do– search, social media, buy online– is handled via an application. On macOS, most of those same functions are handled via Safari and an open browser tab.
I bring this up because last week I browsed through Matt Elliott’s list of three Mac apps to get you organized. Two of them– Magnet and Hocus Focus— I use, but the third, Station, I had not tried but I immediately saw the benefit.
Station is… a free download straight from the developer and acts as a central hub for your web apps… You pick the apps to include, log into your accounts and then Station rounds them all up in a single window.
A single– and free– Mac app that acts like an open Safari tab. Everything you want from each– Gmail, Slack, Twitter, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and other Google apps– is available within a single app.
It’s much easier to switch between apps and documents in Station than it is using tabs in a browser. And with all of your apps in a single window, you can search across all of your apps in Station.
As to the former assertion, I would disagree. Steps is steps and it takes about the same to go from one to another, especially if you’re keyboard centric. As to the latter, that can be handy, and cannot be duplicated on Safari.
At first I thought Station was a little too Google friendly, but the list of apps or websites that work in the Mac app is, well, astounding. Over 600 (admittedly, many I never heard of would never use). Some are well known.
- Yahoo! Mail
And, about 600 more. It’s like opening up Safari, and then opening up a few dozen browser tabs, then logging into different websites on each tab, then trying to manage the whole mess. Station does it better.
No need to remember where you put things in the first place, the quick switch is an easy central way to search among your apps and pages. That opened spreadsheet, to-do list or document is now just a click away!
Pretty cool, right? There are far fewer applications available for Mac or Windows as there are on iOS, but Station helps fill the void.
How much? For now, free. And likely to remain free for individual users.
We do plan on pricing Station for its use across an entire team and therefore charge companies (not individual users) starting in 2019. We are committed to helping our users be more productive at work and for that reason we do not plan on charging individual users. What we will charge for is a new product purely designed for teams that companies will have the possibility to unlock.
I have run into that type of business model in the past and it gets my whole-hearted support.