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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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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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