TextSniper brings text recognition to images, PDFs & more (sponsored)

The app: TextSniper extracts text from images and other digital documents in seconds, bringing true text selection anywhere you need it.

  • OCR anything: TextSniper is blazingly fast and great for text recognition from YouTube videos, PDFs, images, online courses, screencasts, presentations, zoom meetings, etc
  • Simple and easy-to-use interface: Just hit CMD+SHIFT+2 and select the screen area to recognize. That’s all.
  • Privacy-focused: TextSniper doesn’t collect any data as text recognition is processed on a device and does not require an internet connection
  • Easily turn recognized text into speech: Helpful for people with dyslexia, visually impaired, or language learners to get the correct pronunciation
  • Multi-language support: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese

Download TextSniper for $6.49 right here or on the Mac App Store.

Our take: As someone who recently graduated from college, this would have been a godsend a year ago. I’ve tried it out and it works too well to the point where don’t know how they’ve done it. TextSniper gets the job done in seconds every time.

Unite 4 brings powerful, native web apps to macOS (sponsored)

The news: The biggest update ever for Unite has just been released with a number of incredible new additions and significant improvements to existing features.

  • Unite 4 lets you build native web apps in one click, with a redesigned setup UI that supports both light and dark mode
  • Apps are highly customizable, with everything from fonts to window shading and opacity user-configurable
  • Status bar support is available for all of your Unite 4 apps, bringing Twitter, Instagram and other favorite sites just a click away
  • Other major upgrades in Unite 4: refreshed in-app UI, notifications, live dock slices, macOS Keychain support and new pro tools

Use code appletrack at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase.

Our take: Running websites as near-native apps is incredibly helpful for checking things at a glance…it’s like if complications for Apple Watch also existed on Mac. My two favorite uses so far? Twitter running in the status bar and showing Robinhood as a dock slice.