Tools to fill in macOS’ gaps
Free trial, $19.99 annually From Parallels, parallels.com Needs OS X 10.10.5 or later
Toolbox is a disparate collection of tools that are accessible via a menu bar icon. Click this and a collection of large icons with descriptive names make it easy to choose from the tools on offer — now numbering more than 30.
The tools are designed to plug the gaps in macOS, and range from Download Video (drag and drop links from YouTube and the like) to adding a menu bar icon for swiftly switching between different resolutions.
The last two major updates to Toolbox have added six new tools: Find Duplicates, Make GIF, Clean Drive, Free Memory, Resize Image, and Screenshot Page. Most are self– explanatory — Screenshot Page is designed for capturing long web pages as a single image in your browser.
The latest update also improves existing tools, and it’s now possible to assign keyboard shortcuts to favorite tools. This is a little awkward — there’s no prompt to warn you that a key combo isn’t available; the shortcut simply doesn’t appear. Another less welcome development is that Parallels has doubled the cost of Toolbox.
the bottom line. What should be a triumphant update is spoiled by the price rise. Parallels Toolbox Large selection of tools Simple, but effective Keyboard shortcuts Price increase Good