Mac App Store

The Mac App Store as a second-class developer experience

Should Mac App Store developers expect the same level of support from Apple as iOS developers?

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How to download apps from the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is one of the safest and most convenient ways to download software to your Mac.

Apple configures the Mac spectacularly well: Your new computer comes with free, pre-installed software that helps you surf the web, create great-looking documents, edit photos and videos, listen to music and more. But there are thousands of additional applications that you can download through the Mac App Store to give your computer even more capabilities. They run the gamut: utilities, productivity tools, games, and everything else imaginable. Thousands of Mac developers offer apps from the Mac App Store, and they're yours for the taking.

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Do I need Mac anti-virus software?

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.

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Mac App Store looks like a part of Yosemite with new design

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.

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Best software update tools for your Mac: AppFresh, MacUpdate Desktop, Software Update

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.

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Panic's Coda 2.5 leaving Mac App Store, staying awesome

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.

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For game maker Aspyr, Mac App Store presents unique challenges

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.

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The Mac App Store and the trouble with sandboxing

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.

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Safari updated to version 7.0.3 in the Mac App Store

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.

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Why the Mac App Store is the best and worst thing ever to happen to Mac gaming

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.

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