Apple’s Mac App Store Hits 10,000 apps

Apple’s Mac App Store has hit 10,000 applications, reports French Apple site MacGeneration, which uses its own tracking system to analyze App Store content. According to their report, the milestone was reached, although Apple has not publicly announced it.

In 2011, Apple introduced the Mac App Store with more than 1,000 applications, including Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of software. Apple also released OS X 10.7 Lion, its latest Mac OS exclusively via the Mac App Store.

To date, Lion is the most popular and highest paid application available on the Mac App Store. The next version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, will also be made available in the Mac App Store.

Last December, Apple’s Mac App Store passed 100 million downloads, making it the “largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world”.

Mac App Store Hits 100 Million Downloads

With the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple took the first step to get rid of boxed software. In OS X Lion, Apple introduced the Mac App Store, which allows customers to download apps in the same way as iOS. Search for the app, purchase, and it automatically installs. Yup, it is that simple. Sorry Windows users, you are left out in the dark once again. Luckily, Microsoft is playing the copy-cat game and will introduce an App Store in Windows 8….sometime next year.

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Today, Apple revealed some mind blowing numbers regarding its App Stores (iOS and Mac). The biggest news is that the Mac App Store has passed 100 million downloads in less than a year. “In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. In fact, The Loop points out that these numbers don’t include Lion updates or downloads to other Macs.

In addition, Apple’s App Stores for iOS and the Mac have more than 500,000 applications available that have been downloaded more than 18 billion times. Users continue to download more than a billion applications per month. Can Google claim the same about its App Stores? Nope. Oh, and remember Amazon’s App Store? They haven’t released download numbers to date.

Apple’s press release also includes comments from a number of developers and companies who have found success with the Mac App Store. The entire press release can be read on Apple’s press release page.

Apple Releases Major Update and Free Trial for Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X

Apple released Final Cut Pro X exclusively on the Mac App Store  in June, but many users  criticized  the application for missing features and incompatibility with Final Cut Pro 7. Earlier this month, MacRumors reported that  Apple had put  the previous version of its Final Cut Studio video editing suite back on sale, possibly due to the mixed feedback on the new and completely redesigned Final Cut Pro X. Today, Apple has released version 10.0.1 (don’t let the version number fool you) of Final Cut Pro X. Version 10.0.1 is a major update and brings back requested features.

The update is available for free to all Final Cut Pro X owners. New features in the latest update include media stems export, Rich XML support, and projects and events on Xsan.

Jim Darlympe of The Loop has received word from Richard Townhill, senior director of applications marketing at Apple, that the  features were added after the company received feedback from its users (remember, Apple doesn’t care about its customers).  “We listened to the pros and have taken their top feature requests and put them in this update,” Townhill said.

In addition, Apple has promised another update  to bring multi cam editing and broadcast video output support, which is expected to launch early next year. Also, a new free trial of the software is now available on the Final Cut Pro X site, giving users the opportunity to test out the software before making a purchase.

This is what I love about Apple, when they screw up they usually fix it to most people’s satisfaction.

Mac App Store Updated to Warn Users Before Re-buying Apps

Mac App Store Rebuy Warning

Until today, Apple’s Mac App Store did not  feature support for applications that were purchased outside of the App Store, even if the software was available for purchase in multiple places. However,  the Mac App Store could detect whether an application had already been installed on a Mac before it was purchased through the Mac App Store.

Today, Macworld reports that the Mac App Store now prompts users attempting to purchase apps that are already installed on their Macs but purchased from outside the Mac App Store. However, The Next Web notes that  existing app and the Mac App Store must be the exact same version in order for the warning to be triggered. The warning  reads:

[App name] is already installed and was not purchased from the Mac App Store

Do you want to buy [app name] again?

Even though users are prevented from buying the software and presented with the warning, Apple still offers the user to purchase the app again.

The Mac App Store    launched in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, earlier this year, and continues to be a major success for Apple. In addition, it is a major selling point for Apple’s latest OS X 10.7 Lion.

Apple Now Accepting Mac App Store Apps for OS X Lion

Apple has started to notify developers  to submit Mac App Store submissions for OS X Lion. Yesterday, Apple sent  out an email to developers  saying that OS X Lion will “soon be available to millions of Mac users around the world.”  They want to ensure that Mac apps are OS X Lion compatible so they can be available on the Mac App Store when OS X Lion ships sometime this month.

OS X Lion dev email

Apple has said that OS X Lion will become available later this month, and rumors have suggested a launch date for the 14th. Once released, OS X Lion will only be available via the Mac App Store.

Moom: Make OS X’s Green Plus Button More Useful [Review]

As a recent convert from Windows to Mac, there are some aspects of OS X that seem counter intuitive. Some of them I love, like the simple application installation process. Others I down right hate. Specifically, I hate the native function of the Green Plus button on windows.

For my Windows readers, I will give you an idea of what I mean. In Windows, you have the ability to maximize a window using a simple mouse click. Then, if you decide that you don’t want that window to be so big anymore, you can click again and it shrinks back down. In OS X, the Green Plus button serves a similar function. It will make a window big enough to fit all its contents.

My issues with the Green Plus are pretty simple. First, I want the ability to take some apps full screen. Second, I would really like the be able to undo the size change as I see fit. It serves neither of these purposes. I have a solution however, and its an app called Moom.

Moom is aan  extremely  powerful app that extends the functionality of the Green Plus without taking away is original purpose. Moom solves most of my problems with window sizing in OS X, and gives me another feature I missed from Windows 7: Window Snapping.

If you use Windows 7, then you probably know by now that you can snap a window to an edge of your screen, and it will resize to take up exactly half. As a student, I used that feature all the time when writing papers. OS X contains no such feature, but Moom does.

To access any of Moom’s features, you simply hover your mouse pointer over the Green Plus. As you can see, there are pictures to help you understand what functions are available. To fit the window to the contents (original Green Plus), simply click the button itself.  Moom also gives you a full set of keyboard controls, and even a grid mode. You can select any or all of the features you want through the application preferences.

As far as I am concerned, Moom is the best 5 dollars I have spent on my Mac. It gives me features that I wished OS X had built in, and it does it in a non-obtrusive way. I recommend that you head over to the Mac App Store and buy it right now.

App Name: Moom by Many Tricks
Price: $4.99 in the Mac App Store
Score: 5/5, Techie Buzz Approved

 

Opera for Mac Now Available for Download from Apple’s App Store, If You Are Above 17 (No Kidding)

After becoming the first non-webkit based browser to be approved on the iOS App Store, Opera has also become the first non-native browser to be available on the Mac App Store. However, there is a catch. You have to be above seventeen to download it from the App Store. Opera has been categorized as an age restricted download due to “frequent/intense mature/suggestive themes”, to use Apple’s words. Of course, given that Opera is simply a web browser, it should be obvious to any sane person just how ridiculous Apple’s categorization is.

Opera-Mac-App-StoreAlthough insane, this bit of news isn’t exactly surprising. It has been Apple’s long standing policy to categorise any app that allows access to the internet as an age-restricted download, as it’s possible to browse adult themed websites with such apps. Apple had earlier classified Opera Mini for iPhone as a porn app due to the same reason. Of course, every Apple operating system ships with Safari pre-installed, and Safari can also be used to open any website on the interwebs. To be honest, the entire thing reeks of double standard, but being fair isn’t exactly Apple’s strongest suit. In fact, it’s almost unreasonable to expect that from a high-handed company like Apple.

Opera Software reacted to the classification in its characteristically funny way. Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products for Opera Software, expressed his concern by saying that, “Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It’s very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.”

One of the reasons why Opera might not be complaining is because they might be pleased to get approved in the first place. Opera for desktop includes an inbuilt torrent downloader that makes torrent downloading so simple that even my grandma could do it. In the past, App Store reviewers haven’t been too kind to torrent clients, given that Apple views torrents as a vehicle for infringing third party rights.

If you are a Mac user under seventeen, you can always download Opera from the official website, where no one will ask you to furnish your credit card information just to download a free web browser.

Apple App Store Opens Up For Consumers; Angry Birds And Twitter For Mac Also Released

Apple has finally opened up the Mac App Store for consumers. Mac OS X Snow Leopard owners can get the App Store by downloading the OS X 10.6.6 update. Mac owners can purchase apps from the App Store using their iTunes account.

As of now, the Mac App Store contains more than 1000 apps. The apps in the Mac App Store are divided into many categories like Education, Games, Lifestyle, Productivity and Utilities etcetera.

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The Mac App Store contains popular apps like Autodesk, iPhoto, iMovie, Pages and Aperture 3. The Mac App Store also features some new applications like Angry Birds for the Mac platform for $4.99 along with Twitter for Mac. All the apps which users will download from the Mac App Store will pop up in your OS X dock.

The whole UI of the Mac App Store is pretty much similar to the App Store which users see on the iPad. Along with the Mac App Store, the OS X 10.6.6 also fixes some bugs and improves the stability of your Mac.