Favorite Lesser-Known Apps?


It is in the Repos.


Here’s more on my list:

  • Deepin Picker - super useful tool to “grab” any screen color
  • Downline https://www.appimagehub.com/p/1284248 - download videos from many websites
  • Imagine https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1273931/ - the best batch photo optimizer I’ve used so far. I so hope people will make an AUR for it
  • Kazam - still the fastest and simplest screen recorder
  • Sound Converter - well, converts audio files
  • VidCutter - allows you to cut parts from videos in a few seconds. Super fast
  • Jitsi Meet https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1248973/ - The main tool I use for video conferences + video stream. It simply works. I really hope someone can make an AUR for it
  • Syncthing - syncs folders between computers and phones. Once you set it up you forget about it and it simply works
  • Beaker Browser - a new kind of browser that aims to decentralize websites that can be streamed via p2p
  • Popcorn Time and Stremio Beta - to watch pretty much video content (documentaries, movies, series, etc., for free)
  • Waterfox - a Firefox fork aimed at privacy
  • Eye of MATE - the best Image Viewer that I tested (opens pretty much any file and is simple)
  • PhotoCollage - because some may find it useful :slight_smile:
  • Aux App https://github.com/auxdotapp/desktop-app/ - to listen music for free from youtube or other sources
  • Cpod - officially my favorite podcast app. Super easy to use and it works wonders + you can find pretty much any podcasts there. I recommend the following podcasts: The Body of Evidence, Adam Ruins Everything, Consumer Watchdog Podcast, Free as in Freedom, Health News Watchdog, The Infinite Monkey Cage, Miles To Go, NASACast, Planetary Radio, Plenary Session, The Recommended Dose, Rejuvenation Roundup, Ri Science Podcast, Science for the People, Science Vs, The Skeptics Guide, This Week in Linux, This Week in Science
  • Odio https://github.com/odioapp/odio - great radio app
  • Crow Translate - uses google, bing, and a few other sources to provide a great translator for your desktop. Simple and useful.


Does that aux thing actually work on linux? Seems to be a windoze/mac application/


How does this compare to Nuvola Player? Sounds like a similar concept. I’ll have to check it out


ive never used nuvola before but heres a quote from the mellowplayer gitlab page

MellowPlayer is a Qt based alternative to NuvolaPlayer
initially crafted for KaOS. MellowPlayer is written in C++ and QML.


Thanks. Checking out the site now. Only problem for me is MellowPlayer doesn’t appear to support Amazon music, which is primarily what I use.

Edit: actually looks like they very recently added it? https://gitlab.com/ColinDuquesnoy/MellowPlayer/merge_requests/296


from the mellowplayer options you can make your own plugins easily, i use amazon music sometimes too. i think i’ll add it on there now. so far ive got music (tidal, spotify,soundcloud) video (netflix, hulu, amazon prime video) i added amazon and hulu myself. you can add anything that has a web interface available


It does it has an appimage https://github.com/auxdotapp/desktop-app/releases


Supercollider (Environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition) - https://supercollider.github.io/

I remember studying it at Middlesex University in London (Sonic Arts) ages ago and still is my favourite program for making a lot of noise. Luckily it is in the Manjaro repos.


Oh man, I hardly ever do any audio editing, but just the name makes me want to install Supercollider.


This track, for example, was inspired and partially made using SC - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iFS22yyXj8

Other musicians use it, noticeably Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). Learning Supercollider is a bit of a pain in the ass but it’s worth it… :sunglasses:


It is one of my favourite apps, as a graphic designer, web designer and working with icons themes.

I used a lot it. The disadvantage is that Syncthing is not like Google Drive. You have to back up something to your external HDD/SSD and you sync from this external disk.


I think it is meant to be like a sync folders between computers to share files and folders not to backup…for file sharing it is excellent. I have it on my phone as well so any photos I take with my phone go to my computer automatically. I also share files with other people and it has become so easy.


thanks, i never heard of stremio until now, nice addition to kodi and popcorntime, even better since popcorntime comes with it as a community plugin. :+1:


Here are my favs;

albert-lite - keyboard launcher like Spotlight for macs
gnome-system-tools - handy gnome tools including User/Groups manager
geany - text editor and more
focuswriter - a distraction-free writer with typewriter sounds
strawberry - a fork of Cinnamon Music player that is actively updated
Quod Libet - my second favorite Music player, lots of plugins
gpodder & Gnome Podcast - Podcast players. gPodder has sync options across platforms
Tea - a beautiful epub reader (app image only) / Calibre for epub management
YACReader - comic book reader
KeepassXC - cross platform password manager
Evolution - Caldav support in Gnome for contacts/calendars (no Google app/sync crap here)
Artha - Thesaurus
Gnome Dictionary - dictionary
gThumb - awesome Image Viewer and editor
oStorybook - awesome writer’s tool that is like an open source version of Scrivener. The AUR package doesn’t install for me…waiting for maintainer to fix.
Manuskript is a simpler alternative to oStorybook above.
Zotero - for writers or researchers, personal research asst w/browser plugins, available in AUR or Flatpak.


Thanks for posting about mellowplayer. I installed it and it works great. For Netflix you may need to install extra plugins. If you do not have the widevine plugin already installed, you may need to install it.

I use KDE, so I figured I’d install the following package from the AUR:


Works great now, thanks again for the heads up.


i didnt notice because i already had widevine installed for something else previously.

im loving this thing, keybinding works great in everything, only thing i noticed is amazon music playing minimized it wont recognize next/previous/stop/play keys. right now im trying to mess with the integration.js file created when i created the AM plugin. have no idea what im doing but learning some javascript along the way. :thinking:


Really cool one https://github.com/uoaerg/wavemon


tried ranger and lf, liked lf best because of the (relative) ease of extending it with just some shell scripting… thanks for the heads up with nnn though!


Nice list. I got Odio installed via the Snap app. I was REALLY excited over Crow Translate, was looking for a good translator standalone app, love it. I also grabbed VidCutter via Flatpak app. Happy camper.