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In the wave of macOS Catalina, Mac App Store highlights apps built with the Catalyst Project

One of the coolest news from macOS Catalina 10.15 It has no public face and goes unnoticed by most users, but no less important. I speak, of course, of Catalyst Project, Apple's technology that makes it very easy for developers to bring iPad apps to the Mac as we've discussed in articles like this and this one.

Strictly speaking, Apple will not highlight when an app is developed with a Catalyst handler that is, there will be no warning on the app's own page indicating this information; users will invisibly feel a wave of new apps coming to the Mac, all with deep integration into the Apple ecosystem and strongly reminiscent of their iPadOS counterparts.

Still, as it may be, Ma took advantage of this moment of launching macOS Catalina to list, on a special Mac App Store page, several applications developed with the Catalyst Project. Several of them even had their versions for MacOS today; others have been updated in recent hours with major changes following the new technology.

Below, we highlight some of the main news and you can check the full list here.

GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes 5 app icon

The superpowered notebook brings full integration with iPad and iPhone apps, and lets you create, import, and edit documents on your Mac. You can import PDFs and images, or add documents from your computer to existing notebooks by simply dragging files to the app window.

As with iOS apps, GoodNotes 5 for macOS brings unlimited folders and subfolders for complete document organization. You can tag them with labels or stars, as well as create custom summaries for easy navigation.


HabitMinder app icon

A wellness app that aims to remind you of healthy habits that you can apply to your daily life. You can set up notifications and receive short guides for breathing or meditation exercises, for example, as well as receiving reminders to stand, walk, exercise, stretch, eat healthily, sleep more regularly or hydrate.

PDF Viewer

PDF Viewer - Annotation Expert app icon

We have here a utility for viewing, editing and annotating PDFs. You can make non-destructive edits, fetch text from within files, fill out forms, sign documents, password protect them or add images and audio in annotations.

CARROT Weather

CARROT Weather app icon

The β€œfunny” weather forecasting app has been updated with a whole new interface, taking advantage of macOS Catalina news. It still has accurate weather reports and supports various locations around the world, but is not yet available in Portuguese.

Planny 3

Planny 3 app icon - Smart To Do List

A task organizer with a very different interface (and approach). You get a reminder of the day's tasks in the morning, and you earn points as they are completed; points are lost if you miss a task or postpone your deadline. At the end of the day, you receive an analysis of your productivity over the last few hours.


Nocturne app icon

An app of music ideas. When that flash comes, just plug in a MIDI device to your Mac to quickly record it; If you don't have any peripherals of your type, you can use an in-app digital piano. You can edit your clips and share them with other applications at any time.

King’s corner

King's Corner app icon

A card game in the grip of the old and good patience. You can play alone, with opponents of artificial intelligence, or in a group.

A curious addendum: The new app for Twitter for macOS, which has been featured as a flagship of the Catalyst Project, is not yet available on the Mac App Store. Did anyone delay anything there on the bird social network?

via Daring Fireball