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Mac App Store launching with over 1,000 applications

Today is the official start of CES here in Las Vegas, but Apple is grabbing some headlines of its own with the official launch of the Mac App Store. Much like the iOS App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the Mac App Store allows users a single, unified place to go for OS X applications.

As usual, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on hand to boast about his company's latest efforts in software distribution. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps,” said Jobs in a press release.

Like the iOS App Store, OS X applications will be placed in categories (Games, Graphics and Design, Education, Productivity, etc.). Developers must also adhere to Apple's "one step" process for installing apps on a user's machine, and follow its strict app submission guidelines.

“We’re delighted to bring our professional-grade paint and drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, to the Mac App Store on its first day of launch,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO. “We’ve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. We’re excited to offer SketchBook Pro on the Mac App Store so artists can easily create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork right on their Macs.”

Individual iLife '11 applications like iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand will be available for $14.99 each. Apple's Aperture 3 software will be available for $79.99.

The Mac App Store is apart of Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be downloaded via Software Update.



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Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By rileychris on 1/6/2011 10:23:56 AM , Rating: 0
I remember not getting a MAC because there was less software available for it (back in the day). Will the lack of Apps (access to Apple's Apps) on Pcs push people toward MACs?




RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Luticus on 1/6/2011 10:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
NO! It's not just about lack of apps, it's about freedom on your platform. With my windows PC the things i can do with it are nearly limitless. On my mac it seems I'm always hitting some wall of why i can change a certain thing. Besides, you assuming that development for the windows PC is going to somehow drop off (it won't) because of this... Linux has been the "real" underdog the entire time and there are still a massive amount of "apps" on the platform and development is going strong. If people switch to the Mac platform it won't be because of apps, it'll be because Mac are trendy and shiny and pretty looking and they need something that will impress their friends and make them look important. I know because i work for a company that runs both mac and windows platforms and lets just say that there's a reason why all our sales reps get macs and all our devs and most everyone else is on windows. If there is any advantage to the mac platform (and this is debatable) it's that they are great for media editing and they can auto-mount iso's without 3rd party software. Granted magic disk is free and cinema 4d, adobe, etc. are available on both platforms... hell adobe cs5 is as unstable as Charles Manson on a mac but runs great on windows. Probably adobes fault there but who knows right...


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Tony Swash on 1/7/2011 11:53:11 AM , Rating: 1
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NO! It's not just about lack of apps, it's about freedom on your platform. With my windows PC the things i can do with it are nearly limitless. On my mac it seems I'm always hitting some wall of why i can change a certain thing. Besides, you assuming that development for the windows PC is going to somehow drop off (it won't) because of this... Linux has been the "real" underdog the entire time and there are still a massive amount of "apps" on the platform and development is going strong. If people switch to the Mac platform it won't be because of apps, it'll be because Mac are trendy and shiny and pretty looking and they need something that will impress their friends and make them look important. I know because i work for a company that runs both mac and windows platforms and lets just say that there's a reason why all our sales reps get macs and all our devs and most everyone else is on windows. If there is any advantage to the mac platform (and this is debatable) it's that they are great for media editing and they can auto-mount iso's without 3rd party software. Granted magic disk is free and cinema 4d, adobe, etc. are available on both platforms... hell adobe cs5 is as unstable as Charles Manson on a mac but runs great on windows. Probably adobes fault there but who knows right...


Nobody (or at least 99.9% of consumers) gives a toss about ridiculous worries about your mythical freedoms :)

What's changed in the last decade is that there is now no disincentive to buying a Mac.

Back in 2000 and prior there was a problem because the Wintel monopoly dominated the enterprise there were always issue of compatibility for Mac users. These issues were never huge and could almost always be overcome but they were were there and they made for a powerful negative force in the market pushing people towards the "compatible" PCs. Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).

Since then a revolution has happened but a lot techies, especially the backward yearning luddite tendency, didn't really notice it.

First and foremost MacOSX came along and it is and remains (even after the mammoth efforts expended on Windows 7) more secure, more stable, much more visually attractive and generally better designed than any version of Windows. Until Windows 7 the Mac OS was a long way ahead for the best part of a decade.

Secondly Macs moved to Intel and with a stroke compatibility issues more or less disappeared (now a Mac is the most compatible PC on the planet because it can legally and easily and simultaneously run any number of OS).

The Mac range, desktop as well as laptop, was remodelled to be beautiful objects, with a clear and distinct brand identity that differentiated them from Windows PCs.

MacOSX was evolved to include a set of bundled and integrated apps they really are first rate and add a lot of value to the brand and to consumer experience.

Apple opened an ever growing number of very attractive retail stores that can showcase the Mac products range, especially to people who are there shopping for i-Devices.

Finally the innovative and stunningly successful range of i-Devices brought Apple products and the Apple design motif to the attention of a huge consumer market who wanted more such stuff.

The result is that Macs sales have out grown the market for many years and this has created a virtuous circle, more developers, more apps, more kudos, more sales, around and around.

For the average consumer there are now many reasons for buying a Mac and few for not.

Macs sales will continue to increase faster than PC sales. The App store will be a big success. Others will copy it.


By Alexstarfire on 1/8/2011 2:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
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Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).


I'd have to disagree there. We've had Macs in this house since we moved here in 1989. I can't say much about this pre-Windows 95 since that was the first Windows OS I used, but it was much better than the Mac OS at that time. I was only about 9 years old when I used Windows 95 and it was much easier to actually change and configure the settings that needed to be change. On Mac OS, whatever version we had at the time, it was either hard or impossible for most things that I was looking to change. This still seems to be the case to me, and Windows 7 seems to make it more difficult as well since many options have changed and/or gotten moved to different locations. The latter part of that just sucks since I'm use to the old locations.

You're right about Macs legally being the most compatible PC on the planet, but remember the word legally quite well. It's no real technical feat that stops non-Mac users.

IDK why you seem to think Macs are more secure. It's been proven over and over again that they aren't. They simply aren't targeted. If you want to say Macs are safer.... go ahead. That would be a true statement. Saying they are more secure simply isn't true though.

Windows 7... and even XP, if you know what you're doing, are just as stable as Mac OSX. Only time I've had issues is when my hardware messes up. Software will never been able to do anything about that though.

The stuff I didn't comment on what you said is basically true. The integrated stuff always works against Microsoft since they get slammed on basically anything they integrate. IDK about an app store on Windows either but we'll see. IDK why they'd bother since I can go just about anywhere and download stuff. It would help weed out a lot of the spyware/adware/crapware/malware programs out there though. I can do that myself just by looking at it but it's obvious most can't.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 5:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
Tony you seem to view history through som fanboy goggles.

quote:
First and foremost MacOSX came along and it is and remains (even after the mammoth efforts expended on Windows 7) more secure, more stable, much more visually attractive and generally better designed than any version of Windows. Until Windows 7 the Mac OS was a long way ahead for the best part of a decade.


OS experts as a whole do not agree. OSX enjoyed a brief leapfrog jump over XP. It was better because it was newer. Apple has generally lagged on desktop OS design though. Slow on security features (ASLR, response to industry DNS vulnerability), slow on x64 support, worthless server side innovation, etc. I'm not swallowing your argument.

quote:

Back then, prior to the original iMac, most Macs looked like PCs (i.e. ugly) and although the old Mac OS was superior to Windows the gap for the average user was not huge and the Mac OS was old, buggy and unstable (Windows was worse on all counts but both OS's were in clearly in the same ball park).

Why do you think Apple jumped to OSX? Really, why the overhaul? It wasn't for Intel compatibility, that came later.

No, it was because OS9 had become so far behind it needed abandonded..much like Windows Mobile 6.x. Did you actually see the memory management in OS9? OMG the whole thing was a textbook example of how to write a crappy OS. Pre-OSX sucked..and frankly so did OSX. It took many versions to get it where it is today.

quote:
Macs sales will continue to increase faster than PC sales.


Thank you Tony for that stroke of genius. It's almost a mathmatical certainty Macs will increase faster than PC. Sell 10 of each and that counts as a win for Mac does it not?

quote:
The App store will be a big success. Others will copy it.

..and so continues the arrogance of the Apple fanboy. "Others will copy it?" You act as if Apple didn't copy it to begin with. It's pathetic to deliberately wear blinders man. An "app store" is a collective, not original, idea that many share.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/6/2011 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 5
Doubtful.

Nobody has any problems finding software for PCs. (as you mentioned). If Windows 8 releases an "app" store it will be filled first with real applications before it slowly dribbles down to the tripe that apple considers an "app".

Don't confuse "apps" and "applications". Apps by and large are crappy little chunks of software meant to overcome the limitations of doing even the most basic tasks on the web. There are some clever gems for sure (Shazam for example) but many apps are outright junk compared to true applications.

Example: Why is there a geico.com app? Because the experience of going to geico.com on iOS is unbearable. Windows/OSX/*nix users just open a web browser.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By harmaton on 1/7/2011 3:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
and Apple fanbois are arrogant?

You my friend are a real piece of work. Windows will copy and fall in line like it ALWAYS does.

Don't confuse your ass from your head.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/7/2011 5:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
I thought Apple was the one that copied this idea from about a half dozen or more other places like Games for Windows Marketplace, Steam, Impulse, etc. but clearly I was holding the idea wrong.

I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument. Unlike direct personal attacks...It just works.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By harmaton on 1/7/2011 8:35:55 PM , Rating: 2
Your comments below really rub me the wrong way.

"Don't confuse "apps" and "applications". Apps by and large are crappy little chunks of software meant to overcome the limitations of doing even the most basic tasks on the web."

W... T....F are you talking about? Do you have any understanding of software. (and yes I am a seasoned 10 year veteran SW developer with a BS in CS and MS in comp Eng.) They are supposed to be small in scope not like Windows trying to solve world hunger. Divide and conquer.

and...
"If Windows 8 releases an "app" store it will be filled first with real applications before it slowly dribbles down to the tripe that apple considers an "app"."

again W... T ...F are you talking about? At least I know where the idea comes from... Veteran linux user for the last 10 years, it is obvious they are levying off of aptitude. Good idea. I use apt-get all the time to help me along the way. They are simple programs. Atomic in nature. You seem to love the bloated approach. Have fun with that crap.

I am on a computer over 40 hours a week and haven't touched a Windows machine in over 2 years... thank God.

"I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument."

and lastly again what are you talking about? All OS's have their failure points and I have never said that Apple is rev. magical or beautiful... just the lesser of two oligopolies, IMO.


RE: Does Apps push MAc ahead of PCs?
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 5:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well you've moved from straight out personal attacks to logical questions with hostility. I can work with that at least. :)

Re: dont' confuse apps and applications...

Sometimes tiny applications are great. The spirit level is an example. It does one tiny task but it's a very useful task. Your "atomic in nature" description is good. I'm not trying to put in on the same playing field as say Excel.

But then there are a bajillion other apps that are just outright chunks of s iht. They are usually outright chunks for one of three reasons:
1. They are so "atomic" that they are useless. The tiny task to be accomplished has such little value that it's a waste of air to let the programmer breath: "hands heater", "kissing test", "iFlush toilet" etc.
2. They are "free" and a blatant attempt at advertising, personal information skimming, or just click generation. These are things like the cnn.com app, epic fail, Target etc..
3. They are designed to give a better experience on a portable device because the experience on the portable device sucks so bad. Geico.com I mentioned is one. Most of the news apps are another (with a touch of reason #2 mixed in). The fact is that browsing cnn.com on the iPhone sucks and only a part of this has to do with the small screen. A cnn.com app eases some of the symptoms so you're left with just the small screen problem.

I'm not speaking in absolutes here. There are exceptions to be sure. All three reasons above have a typical root cause: any tom or harry can whip up a chunk of crap and publish it. If you get outside of the entire "app" space and into the software/application space then you get into the realm where people have to make something worthwhile for it to see the light of day.

Find an app that's worth a crap and usually you'll find a full dev team with UI designers, programmers of varying specialties, artists, project managers etc... In other words they'll have "application" dev teams behind them. Skype is an example.

This is what you usually find in the Windows (and linux) world. Steam for example doesn't have much in the way of crappy apps. Even the most bottom rung games blow away 3/4 of what you would see on the ios app store. If crap is published on steam it just doesn't survive commercially.

I would expect a Windows app store to get filled with full applications, not apps. I expect to get "apps" on Windows via Javascript, Silverlight, Flash, HTML 5 when I visit a website. I'm not paying for that junk. I would also expect things to be cloud integrated by the time Windows 8 ships. Software should work on full and mobile devices with storage that is transparent (local, server, web, ...shouldn't matter). In other words I expect quality software should a Windows app store become available. I don't have such high hopes for Apple (yet).

I actually have more faith in this OSX app store than I do for the iOS app store. Hopefully it won't be riddled with sh it like the iPhone app store is... I mean really.. I know the iPod just a tiny device but the iPAD? No excuse. That thing has the screen and horsepower to pull off far more than iOS and it's pile of app-store crap have to offer. It's sad.

quote:
I am on a computer over 40 hours a week and haven't touched a Windows machine in over 2 years... thank God.

Your opinions could be construed as just fanboyism then. I mean you haven't even touched MSFTs latest and greatest and are going to continue comparing it to the best Apple has to offer? Most of the time when people have that wonderfull "switch" experience from Mac to PC it's because they are going from 7 year old XP to brand new OSX. The correlation is Microsoft -> Apple when in fact the cause is 7 year old -> New. Go Find an OS 9 user and switch them to Windows 7. They'll shat themselves.
quote:
"I bow to your revolutionary, magical, and beautiful argument."

and lastly again what are you talking about? All OS's have their failure points and I have never said that Apple is rev. magical or beautiful... just the lesser of two oligopolies, IMO.

Your previous post had no logical argument at all so I was being sarcastic about it being "magical". The post warrented a nonresponse, a flame, or something wise@55. You got the later is all.


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