Setapp is a new subscription software service for the Mac. You pay one flat monthly fee, and you get the latest versions of all the apps, including any new ones they add. You get updates too, for the lifetime of your subscription. As long as you’re current, all the apps run — without any ads or limitations.
I’ve been testing it for a couple of months, and the user experience is pretty good. You get a subfolder in your Applications folder, with stubs for each of the apps. When you launch one, you’ll see a description and some zoomable screenshots, just like on the Mac App Store. If you want it, just click a button, and the app downloads immediately, replacing the stub. You can get as many as you want.
I don’t have any stake in Setapp (I don’t really use a Mac anymore, either), and I don’t get any referral fee or anything; it’s just an interesting thing I’ve been trying out. The launch is in 2017, but it’s in public beta right now (press release here). If you sign up for a free trial, you go into a waiting list to get a beta invitation — but, since I’m apparently super-important or something, I have a hundred instant-access invitations to give away.
If you’re fast enough, you can get your invitation here. If they’ve already been used up by the time you click the link, you’ll go into the regular waiting list. It shouldn’t take long to get your invitation then either.
Once again, get your invitation here. Don’t say I never give you anything.