Alter works out-of-the box and has better support for files and folder.

macOS Ventura 13 or higher is recommended

macOS Ventura 13 or higher is recommended

How does Alter compare with BoltAI?

TLDR: Alter offers a generous free plan with access to advanced models and features, while BoltAI requires bringing your own API keys and has limited free functionality. Alter supports a wider range of ready-to-use AI models, allows acting on files/folders directly, enables reusing AI outputs with other actions, and provides automatic keyboard shortcuts - capabilities currently lacking or limited in BoltAI.

Alter BoltAI
Free plan
  • about 100 messages* with GPT-4o
  • unlimited with local models or an OpenAI compatible endpoint
  • all features
  • Requires your own API keys to work
  • Limited features: AI Command, AI Inline, web browsing and web search are disabled
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pricing plan
$240/year, perpetual license $57/year, perpetual license, AI consumption is excluded from the price
Max consumption
per month with
a paid plan
  • about 875 messages with GPT-4o
  • unlimited with smaller or local models
  • no limits per hour
  • can purchase one-time credits for heavy use
  • pay about $20 for 875 messages with GPT-4o
  • no limits on message
  • all features available except "Unlimited Plugins"
Support for local models (Ollama, LM Studio)
Keyboard shortcuts
Automatic, Mnemonic
Setup manually
Ready-to-use AI models
Multi-providers: OpenAI, Claude, Gemini, Groq, Together
Bring your own API keys
Support for OpenAI compatible endpoints
Act on screenshot capture
Act on text-selections
Act on files and folders
From Finder selections
Picker, files only
Ready-to-use AI actions
Reuse AI output with other actions
Voice mode
Web search, Perplexity like
Requires Perplexity API key
Native app
*A message has 4296 tokens, which is roughly 3 200 words.

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