Malware is a real and present danger on the Mac. Is it time to install anti-virus software?
It's a question we're getting asked with increasing frequency. As the Mac's popularity continues to grow and security stories makes headlines, both real and imagined, it's something more and more Mac owners start thinking about. That's the focus of this week's Mac Help column.
After bringing iTunes up to date with the Yosemite design language last month, Apple is now rolling out changes to the Mac App Store. The new design features lighter fonts, white backgrounds and flatter icons.
Don't make more work for yourself than necessary to keep your Mac up to date. Use these tools instead!
Looking for the best Mac app to keep your Mac software up to date? If you're like me and you get software from other places besides the Mac App Store, keeping those apps up to date can feel like a full time job. Here are a few ways you can help stay up to date with your apps.
Panic's Coda is one of the best all-in-one web editors on the Mac, but when version 2.5 hits, it will no longer be in the Mac App Store. The reason? Sandboxing. Both Panic and Apple tried everything they could to make Coda, a complex development tool, work within the confines of the Mac App Store but it just couldn't come together, at least not in a way that fit the release schedule.
When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store in 2011, he said that Apple wasn't trying to compete with other app download services. While that may be true — Apple doesn't enforce any sort of exclusivity requirement — the Mac App Store has evolved to present some unique challenges to app publishers. Case in point: Long time Mac publisher Aspyr, which plans to mix things up a bit in 2014.
I've written before about some of the limitations that Apple imposes on game developers who want to sell their games through the Mac App Store. The problem isn't limited to games — Apple's rules for how Mac App Store apps work keep lots of different apps from being distributed.
A quick point release update for Safari on the Mac is now available for download from the Mac App Store. Version 7.0.3 brings a number of improvements, including fixes for the search and address fields prematurely hitting return, credit card autofill with numerous websites and websites with generic top-level domains.
As I've written before, the Mac has long had a troubled history with game development. But the introduction of the Mac App Store in 2010 came just in time to save the business. It's the best thing that's happened to Mac gaming. It's also the worst. Let me explain.
As part of celebrating 30 years of the Mac, Apple has created a special section on the Mac App Store. Divided into three parts, the sections highlights Apple's own apps, as well as other apps and games.