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Mac App Store goes live with Mac OS X 10.6.6

updated 09:40 am EST, Thu January 6, 2011

Launch lineup includes over 1,000 titles

Apple has at last launched the Mac App Store, making the platform accessible via the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update. Over 1,000 titles are available so far, including individual programs in Apple's iLife '11 suite, which cost $15 apiece. Programs in the iWork suite are more expensive despite the lack of a recent update, tagged at $20 each. Buying Aperture 3 costs $80.

Some of the third-party titles available include Pixelmator, Flight Control HD and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. The Mac App Store operates as separate client application in Snow Leopard, but with advantages such as integrated update notifications, and a simpler installation scheme. There are some downsides for developers however, such as content restrictions and a ban on demos and betas.

by MacNN Staff



  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I am completely underwhelmed!

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No iWork upgrade

    Despite some speculation based on presentation screens, the App Store did not herald in a new upgrade for the iWork suite. Too bad because there are a few issues in some of the apps especially Numbers that I would've like to seen addressed. But still, iWork '09 is a great collection at its price.

    Overall, I like the App Store. It recognizes offered software that I already have installed on my Mac (although not all of them). Just d/l the new iPhoto '11 which was the only element in iLife I wanted. Slow but sure it's getting hammered at this launch.


  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This Will Be Interseting

    Let's just watch for a bit. Some said the iPad would fail, some said the Cube was a revolution.

    You never know with Apple.

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice, but...

    It's great having all the apps in one place, especially all the free apps I forgot about. That being said, it's buggy; I tried linking to my PayPal account and it wouldn't let me.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The new f*** app

    It looks like the new f*** app is going to be "this is my first programming project" app. There were a few on there with absolutely no UI design and very simplistic function, and looked like they were not finished. We'll see if they get updated going forward.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    An impressive & unmentioned feature

    One feature I've yet to see mentioned is impressive. When I went to check out MindNode for Mac, I discovered that the download button says "Installed." The App Store apparently knows what applications we already have. For applications we already own, that must mean we can transfer the update and upgrade process to it with no effort on our part. Nice!

    i also had MindNode in a subfolder inside my applications folder. I wonder if that means App Store can handle user-managed subfolders. That's been my main gripe about the idea as i've heard it. I hate having my main application folder get filled with hundreds of applications.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where does the App store put the apps? I see that it downloads them magically (oh, wait, that's the iPad that's magical), sticks it in your dock (oh great, now we're going to have Mac users with 500 things in their docks, like windows users and their desktops!), and you're ready to go.

    But where does it put the app? Is it in /Applications? I have yet to see anyone mention the AppStore asking for your admin password, so I would think it can't be there. So, in theory, it would be in your home folder. Or maybe /Users/Shared/Applications?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: An impressive...

    i also had MindNode in a subfolder inside my applications folder. I wonder if that means App Store can handle user-managed subfolders.

    I never put apps in the main applications folder. I stick them in the Applications folder under my home folder. Seems silly to me, after everyone says "Be careful of why such-and-such needs permission and when you type your password" to then just install apps in a location where it needs special privileges to reside.

    Anyone know if the App store see apps located there?

  1. rjdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All Apps get placed in the Applications Folder

    That's where they all go...

    I purchased something to test it and it was pretty smooth process. I moved the newly purchased App out of the dock though... I like to keep category folders (e.g. games, design, office apps, etc) with app aliases inside them so I can easily keep everything organized.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Any sign of iAd yet?

    Bet your bottom it's comin'

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