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Monday, April 16, 2012

iWork Suite and Aperture Now Mac App Store Only

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

"Apple pulled the trial versions of Aperture 3 and productivity suite iWork '09 from its website, according to a report from MacStories. The links that previously contained download instructions now redirect users to the Mac App Store. An Apple support forum post suggests the Aperture trial was pulled a while ago."

Aperture 3 and the iWork Suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) in the Mac App Store only, no big shocker I'm sure since that is where all of their software will end up. I do like it that way myself, makes things so much easier especially if you get a new machine and need to reinstall.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Mac App Store!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:06 PM

"Today marks the one year milestone for the Mac App Store. In 2011, Apple unveiled the Mac App Store on January 6th, 2011 with over 1,000 apps available at launch. Just like this year, CES was starting to ramp up. Apple stole the early thunder by announcing its app distribution system for OS X."

I've slowly gotten used to purchasing my apps this way, which was quite a change from the usual drop into the store and pickup a box with a cd in it routine. And I like this much better. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

1Password Hits The Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 PM

"1Password version 3.9 is now available exclusively via Apple's Mac App Store. This version also requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and will require users to pay a $20 upgrade fee."

This is an annoyance for me. I purchased 1Password via their site, and have updated via their site since owning it. Now, starting with 1Password4, they will only be selling it via the Mac App Store. And I don't mean that 1Password is the only annoyance, there are other companies that do this. I can understand it, it is just the transition that is the pain. At what point do I move to the Mac App Store version? At least with 1Password, they cut their price by 1/2 and will give you a free upgrade to version 4 when it comes out, and it will only come out via the Mac App Store. What are your thoughts on this process or transition that many software vendors go through? For me, I'm going to plunk down the twenty bucks and make the move [affiliate link].

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Back to School Promo Begins at Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 05:36 AM

"As expected, Apple on Thursday began its annual back-to-school sale, offering students a $100 Mac App Store gift card along with the purchase of a qualifying Mac."

No free iPod Touch this year, but you do get $100.00 USD gift card to spend at the Mac App Store. Oh and that educational discount, which I've found to be around $100.00 USD also, more or less, depending on the hardware you purchase. You have until September 20, 2011 to take advantage of the deal, and to qualify you just have to be a college student or accepted to college, a parent of a student or faculty or staff at any grade level.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

OS X Lion Via The Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Next time you install OS X? You'll be slurping it down through the Mac App Store, not loading it up through an optical disc like some sort of caveman."

I doubt anyone is shocked by this. Makes me wonder though, with some data capped plans, if this eventually will be an expensive route to go if you do a lot of updates. I guess you will have to get good at budgeting your online time if you do deal with limits. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is potentially a problem?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OS X 10.7 Lion to be Released Through Mac App Store?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned."

Not really surprising if this comes to pass, and it sure will make it convenient for those of us with the MacBook Airs. And this seems to go along with what appears to be a move towards removing the need for physical media such as DVDs. Even if this were put on a thumb drive it would be better than having it on DVD in my opinion. And this goes along with Apple making the app store a big part of OS X Lion and the removal of boxed software from the retail stores. I think this does put those who depend on physical media ie those with slower Internet speeds at a disadvantage, or at least it makes it more inconvenient for them, but I'm all for less clutter and going the way of the cloud. What are your thoughts about this move, good? Bad?

Friday, March 18, 2011

App Store Now Has 4,200 Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:53 PM

"When Apple launched its Mac App Store on January 7, 2011, developers worried that Apple wanted too much of their revenue and withheld too much about customers. They worried that Apple's submission requirements apps would be too restrictive and would limit traditional software industry business models."

Apparently they worked through their fears as the App Store hit 4,200 apps and is still growing.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Promo Codes for Mac App Store Functional Worldwide

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Back in December Macstories reported that Apple wasn't making promo codes (simple codes used to give away copies of an app) available in the Mac App Store. But it looks like Apple has reconsidered, as Macstories is reporting a change, allowing Mac App Store promo codes in any Mac App Store worldwide (it took a while for iOS App Store codes to go international). As before, developers are limited to 50 codes per version of an app."

I'm sure the developers are happy about this. I wonder why it takes so long to allow this type of thing, I wouldn't think they would have to worry about regulations on this, or would they? I'm just curious as it doesn't seem like something that should be that hard to do, or take this long to allow it to function. Any thoughts?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Still Have Questions About the Mac App Store?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Since we posted our Mac App Store FAQ Thursday, I've received a lot of questions about the nitty gritty details of what you're legally entitled to do with an app you buy from the Mac App Store. I've updated the original FAQ story with those details, but I thought it was worth restating them here, too. So here goes."

In case you had questions that remained unanswered, about what your rights were with regards to apps purchased through the Mac App Store.

Here's How The Mac App Store Updates Work

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"How do software updates for purchased apps work? That's among the many questions users have about the Mac App Store. With the Mac App Store just over a day old, updates for purchased apps are already appearing in the Store."

The unknown is now not so unknown as some updates are coming through the Mac App Store already. It is probably not a big shock to find out that it is similar to how the iOS App Store updates your mobile device. Go into the App Store and you will see a notification icon with the number of apps that need updating. Click on it and you go into a screen very similar to what you see with your iOS updates. I didn't think it would be much different but in case you were wondering, well, now you know.

Mac App Store Download Figures Point to Success

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

"Apple announced today that over one million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in the first day. "We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. 'Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.'"

You can't argue with the numbers, and I'd say 1 million downloads is pretty successful for having been open only one day. Even if you don't go with this being a success, all you have to do is ask a company like Evernote. They are reporting that they had an 1800% increase in new users on the Mac after the opening of the Mac App Store. They have even posted a graph on their blog showing the effect the opening had on their user base. It will be interesting to see how this plays out but the early signs are pointing to success. What are your thoughts on the Mac App Store?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Need a Mac App Store Alternative?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"Since it was first announced during last October's Back to the Mac Event, consumers and developers alike have been alternately thrilled or worried over what Apple's online Mac App Store would mean for the future of OS X compatible software."

And today we now know what the Mac App Store is all about, but that doesn't mean you can't find other sources for your Mac software. MacUpdate and Bodega are a couple that I've used in the past, but there are several others listed here as well. What are your thoughts on these stores, have you given them a try? Or do you use one not mentioned here?

So Let's Have a Look at the Mac App Store, Warts And All

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:30 PM

"So, we've installed 10.6.6 and now we're going to bring you our impressions of the Mac App Store, so bear with us as we dive in."

A short and sweet tour of how to access the store, once you have installed the 10.6.6 update of course, and this isn't the only bit of news about the Mac App Store today. There are several more in-depth FAQ or "how to" articles already on how it all works, such as this one from MacLife, or this one from Appletell. If you haven't updated and want to see what the big deal is, you can head over here to Gigaom and watch the video that shows it in action.

It hasn't all gone smoothly, as several errors have popped up, namely the "100" error and the "MZFinance.NoGUIDTokenFailureKey_message" error message. The 100 error message is fixed most often by closing down and restarting the app store, or at most restarting your machine. No fix as of this posting for the failure key error message, but Apple is working on it. One error message I won't mind seeing is when you try to purchase an app that is already installed on your machine, as the store will remind you that you have it. Even if it is software that wasn't purchased via the app store.

Several sites have done some picking at the store, namely TUAW with their "Missing Apps" story, as well as Ars Technica outlining some quirks with their "Off to a Good Start" story, and a warning for developers about making sure they have "receipt checking" enabled, but overall the press has been positive. And the number one app so far? Yea, Angry Birds is leading the flock.

Bottom line is if you have used iTunes for app purchases for your mobile device, you are going to feel right at home at the Mac App Store.

So What Will be the Pricing in the Mac App Store? Here is One Opinion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"In two days, the Mac App Store will open its gates.While there is the usual amount of speculation out there on technicalities and its potential overall success, it seems widely unclear what will happen on Opening Day."

Opening day is here so today we will find out just how on the mark he is won't we. It's an interesting article, and I don't think he is that far off. In my mind anyway, I'm expecting similar prices to what is in the iOS app store, or not too far off. I also expect that magazines in digital form should be at least half the price one would pay for a print subscription, so you can see that I get disappointed a lot. But he has a valid point in that a lot of the iOS developers will be porting their product to the Mac App store, having been used to that functionality more so than the old guard of Mac OS developers that stick to the double digit price point. So what are your thoughts, hit or miss on the Mac App store?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The App Store Opens Tomorrow

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"The App Store brings a world of possibilities to iPhone,iPod touch, and iPad. It's about to do the same for your Mac."

Tomorrow we will all find out if the Mac App Store is going to expand our possibilities. I just like the fact that it is going to work like the current app store for iOS, in that you will be able to download apps you have already purchased and won't have to remember activation codes. I am curious to see how well stocked this store is going to be, what are your thoughts about this kind of store?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Mac App Store to Open January 6th, 2011

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple's new Mac App Store will officially open its doors on Thursday, January 6, 2011. The Mac App Store will let users buy Mac OS X applications much in the same way they already purchase apps for their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad."

In October they announced the store, and said it would be open within 90 days so it appears they made that target date. With this store, you will be able to search free and paid applications, in a variety of categories like education, games, graphics and utilities to name but a few. The applications are downloaded and installed in the same way you install apps on your iOS device. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I am looking forward to the convenience of this, but what are your thoughts about this new app store for Macs?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Is The Mac App Store The End of Bundling? I Don't Think So

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"The Mac App Store is set to change the way you download and use a lot of software on your Mac, but one thing I hope it doesn't change is the tradition of the Mac software bundle sale."

I doubt this will be the end of bundling, especially if sites such as The Mac Sale and MacBasket keep getting good programs in their bundled options. I have used bundled software sites in the past to purchase older versions of software that I want to try out but if I am sure of what I want to buy, I normally go for the latest version. I can see myself buying the new versions via the Mac App Store, as well as retail outlets and other online stores such as, while still looking for bargains at the bundled sites. I think there is plenty of room for sites that bundle software to work alongside the Mac App Store, but what are your thoughts?

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