# Software curation
No apps that require lowering security or disabling SIP ("rootless") are promoted on this site. Apps should enhance the MacOS experience without using "hacks" or other similar traits. Therefore, applications like MacForge or cDock etc., are rejected.
# Paid apps over "free"
In the Mac ecosystem, there's a lot more paid software overall, or even subscription based models. There is a higher expectation to support developers who have created a well-crafted application rather than downloading a "free" app that is simply a web-wrapper. An example of a good paid app would be Sketch or Affinity, while a "free" web app like Figma would be rejected.
# Free and Open-Source Software
Software quality doesn't come from whether it's a libre/foss or closed-source project. However, when the stars align and you can combine both high quality and polished software with open-source, it's something that's among the best. An example of this is apps like VLC and Transmission which are fantastic, while something like GIMP or Audacity even though they do the job, the lack of polish, OS integration, etc. can't even match the most basic expectations.
This is a class grey area. We do not promote these as they are often found to be used as malicious tools towards the user, and it's hard for users to research which ones are legit and which are scams.
Even when these apps do not have malicious intent, they often lie in their marketing, even in open-source software. Statements you can read is it will make your computer faster, for example deleting your 'Internet cache'. In reality, the next time the user visits those specific websites, they are forced to re-download a lot of cached assets as a first-time visitor, sometimes clearing things like "cookies" and causing the user to click away every cookie-popup again.
A popular app like CleanMyMac straight up lies in its marketing. They claim they can remove stuff that "can't be manually removed" or because their app is notarized by Apple you can "trust it". Just do a quick Google search from last year and you'll find cases of malware that was notarized and signed by Apple.
# Oudated software
Software that hasn't been updated and is no longer relevant is rejected. Examples would be apps like Growl or Hyperdock. Other apps like Burn that's used for DVDs, are still accepted as they do still have a use.
As for the UI, libraries, frameworks, etc. the more native look and feel, OS integration, etc., the app has, the more polished it will be for most. An example of what's good is Cocoa, Qt, AppKit, SwiftUI, Catalyst etc. while CEF, Electron, JavaFX, Swing etc. frameworks are highly discarded.
Most web wrappers do not comply with the UI guidelines, drain the battery, increase your internet bandwidth and RAM usage, and reimplement existing OS features while often lacking native OS features. This kind of software is highly discarded. Examples of this is Notion, Slack, Discord etc.
# Privacy Policies
In this day and age, it's hard to stay away from software that collects personal data, as it's not always known or discovered until a later date due to the nature of closed-source software. But as a general guideline, apps that have been known to be privacy infringing, do inferious data collection, etc. will mostly be rejected.
# No company-specific software
Any software that's specific to a company is rejected. Things of that nature would be Github Desktop or Tunnelbear VPN, while an app like Sourcetree made by Atlassian would be accepted.
# Editors' Picks
These apps have a star next to them. When an app gets a star, it's some of the best of the best apps you can find and, for many, it's essential for using MacOS. An example of this is Blackhole, Rectangle and TG Pro. These apps offer what's missing in MacOS and are at the level of quality you expect from someone like Apple.
If you wish to grant a app an star, or disagree about a star etc. Please use the feedback form at top right.