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Resourceful users have found a way get paid Mac App Store apps for free

Apple loves to brag about numbers, so it should come as no surprise that the boys from Cupertino are overjoyed by the news that the newly launched Mac App Store crossed the one million downloads mark in just 24 hours.

"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is." 

The Mac App Store provides users a simplified way of searching for, purchasing, and installing OS X applications. Anyone that is familiar with the App Store for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad would feel right at home using the complimentary service for his or her MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Interestingly enough, even though Apple's Mac App Store seems to be off to a good start, it still has it problems. Many users were getting an "error 100" message when trying to access the store early yesterday. The only way to clear the message for many users was to Log Out of their current session of OS X and log back in.

Even more troubling is that fact that some paid apps can be easily pirated by downloading the .dmg files from the internet and using a "purchase" receipt from a free app.

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RE: What a coincidence!
By KoolAidMan1 on 1/9/2011 2:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yes the user interface of a complex object needs to be good too. But a UI is all about the user learning what to do to make the device do something. If a device has 4 functions and the UI adds an extra step, you've gone from 4 things to learn to 5 things to learn. A 20% increase, which is significant. But if a device has 400 functions and the UI adds an extra step, you've gone from 400 to 401 things to learn, which is only a 0.25% increase.

I only ask that you don't use this to excuse poor implementation. Unnecessary obfuscation and complication tells me that the designer, who like all of us is a fallible human being, screwed up.

Little things like changing user permissions is so much better handled in OS X or Ubuntu than it is in Windows 7 (which I also like, to be clear). What literally takes six steps if you know exactly which tab and which button to click takes only two steps in OS X. This unnecessary complication of preference panes and panels is all over the place, because the tools are just as capable and powerful in OS X. The layout was just done with some real thought behind it.

If I create something and the user has a difficult time with it, the fault is mine for not doing a good job with the interface, not the user. A tool, even a complicated one like Photoshop or Maya or Final Cut Pro, should have real thought behind the user interface, and they do.

The Windows UI has some of the most thoughtless design behind it, which is infuriating because otherwise I love it. If they just flat out COPIED the OS X submenus and preference panes and such, I would be thrilled. Its complication and obfuscation adds absolutely nothing, it only adds to me thinking that monkeys are running around certain departments in Redmond and making the company look bad.

RE: What a coincidence!
By Alexstarfire on 1/10/2011 9:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
Now this I can totally agree with. It's not that you can't do what you want in Windows 7, but they made a lot of it more complicated than necessary for seemingly no reason. I'd rather they not copy OS X myself. If I wanted OS X I'd get a Mac.

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