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The Mac App Store: What you need to know

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 04:50 PM

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#2 User is offline   KnightBermanJr 

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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 05:34 PM

Great FAQ, thanks! Just wanted to chime in and say that I had a balance from a Gift Card in the iTunes store, and when I made a purchase today in the new App Store, it applied that balance to my purchase, so yes it does indeed seem to cross over there if anyone's wondering.
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

"You won’t see trial, demo, or beta apps in the store."

Not correct. I installed GarageBuy (eBay app), and it is indeed a beta version. It's not fully baked, either. I made a note of it in my review in the App Store.
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

now all they need is something like steamplay so that apps can sync data across multiple devices for games like angry birds, because it can be annoying to have to play the same levels over again.
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:54 PM

This is a great write-up.

Sadly I think all the developers will be answering questions about the Mac store showing their apps as "installed" … and upgrade questions… for a long time. But in a year or two the pain will be forgotten.
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:01 PM

Thanks for all the info.

I hope that a built-in process for uninstalling apps that is more complete than the method of simply dragging an application's icon to the trash will eventually become available through the Store.
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:12 PM

Does this mean the Mac App Store does not DL an installer that I can keep in a designated folder on my own?
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

Really sucks that the store and apps are Intel only.......
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  Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

The article says "apps cannot store databases in ~/Documents" and also that uninstalling just involves trashing the app. Yet where are app databases stored--in the app package (in which case, yes, just trash the app)...or somewhere else like Application Support (in which case no, trashing the app doesn't uninstall the whole thing)?
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:46 PM

View PostMacnutjohn, on 06 January 2011 - 09:13 PM, said:

Really sucks that the store and apps are Intel only.......


this is a joke, right?
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:27 AM

View PostMacnutjohn, on 06 January 2011 - 09:13 PM, said:

Really sucks that the store and apps are Intel only.......


Since Apple dropped the PowerPC 5 years ago, why would you expect Apple, or any developer, to continue to support a processor that hasn't been used for 5 years? I would prefer to have an optimized app, rather than one that has 5 year old legacy code stuffed in it. Sell your PowerPC and upgrade.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:30 AM

The App Store really needs to have a buyer confirmation dialog box so you don't accidentally click on that $700 app by mistake!
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:16 AM

View Posthillstones, on 07 January 2011 - 12:30 AM, said:

The App Store really needs to have a buyer confirmation dialog box so you don't accidentally click on that $700 app by mistake!


I agree, I instantly bought Pinball HD because I was curious what the checkout page would look like, lol.
Was only €2,something, and it's an ok game, so no biggie, but I'm definitely not letting my kids near this thing!
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  Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:24 AM

Aperture 3 in the UK (Amazon) is £137, on the App store it's £44.99. Anybody know why?
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