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

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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