Alter has superior productivity features, better privacy, and a generous free plan.

macOS Ventura 13 or higher is recommended

How does Alter compare with ChatGPT desktop for mac?

TLDR: Alter offers a free plan with 100 GPT-4o messages, full privacy with local models when needed, and features like acting on files and folders from the Finder. ChatGPT desktop limits to 8 GPT-4o messages hourly with fewer productivity features.

Alter ChatGPT desktop
Free plan
  • about 100 messages* with GPT-4o
  • unlimited with local models
  • no limits per hour
  • all features
  • 8 messages per hour with GPT-4o
  • unlimited with GPT-3.5
  • Limited access to features like file uploads and web browsing
Most popular
pricing plan
$240/year, perpetual license $240/year
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
  • limited to 40 messsages per hour with GPT-4o
  • unlimited with GPT-3.5
  • cannot lift limits for heavy use
Support for local models (Ollama, LM Studio)
full privacy for sensitive data
Keyboard shortcuts
Automatic, Mnemonic
Limited: open app
Ready-to-use AI models
Multi-providers: OpenAI, Claude, Gemini, Groq, Together
Single provider: OpenAI
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
Native app
*A message has 4296 tokens, which is roughly 3 200 words.

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