What makes us want to try out an app on our Macs? Price? Need? Favorable reviews? Those factor into our choices of course, but for many it all begins with a colorful, professional looking app icon, a descriptive or memorable name for the app, and a good description of what the app actually does.
Take the Convertr app for Mac. The clever Tumblr, Flickr-like name makes it easy to say, easy to understand (although Video Convertr might be more appropriate). The app’s icon is among the best.
A nice looking icon does not a good and useful app make. Convertr is also attractive, simple to use, and fills a need not always addressed by apps that can play movie files. Converting videos to different file formats.
For that, Convertr makes it easy. Select a movie. Select a preset (to play the movie on a specific device). Click the convert button.
That’s it. Convertr converts video files from and to in .mov, .wmv, .mpeg, .avi, and many others, or, rather most of those that can be played in Apple’s QuickTime Player on the Mac.
In most cases, the conversions are handled faster than realtime and with little need to worry about settings. The presets cover most of the conversion options.
While Convertr doesn’t cost much more than cheap coffee and is easier to use than most converter apps, it really doesn’t do much more than QuickTime Movie Player can do, and it’s included free on every Mac. The difference is that QuickTime’s conversion settings can seem arcane to many users, and Convertr converts some of that complexity to simplicity.