Forum Question: Your Favorite Apps

Hey Gary as a frequent reader of your site, I would like to pose a question, if I may, to you as to what Apps you enjoy using or use the most in different categories, such as Utilities, Productivity, Finance, Business, Graphics and Design, References, Audio/Video, etc. And how do you feel about the future of the Mac App Store?

Comments: 4 Responses to “Your Favorite Apps”

    2/6/11 @ 10:05 pm

    That’s a big question. I assume you mean the Mac App store, right? Not iOS?
    Boy, I don’t know where to start. And I’m not sure the answers would be helpful as everyone is different — I don’t use my Macs for the same things you do.
    Do you have a more specific question?

    2/6/11 @ 10:18 pm

    LOL yea I mean the Mac App Store. I guess to refine the question and to make more simpler. When you are shopping for new Apps, where do you do your research? What sites? Do you prefer Mac specific sites like MacUpdate? or you prefer your own searching? Or do you have specific people/sites you trust for your information.
    My other concern is although I love the the concept of the new Mac App Store, with Apple’s restrictions for some great apps like SuperDuper for example, I wonder if New Mac users will get “ALL” the benefits of great Apps for the Mac? I know of course time will tell of this concern/argument, but I figured I would throw it out there:)

      2/6/11 @ 10:30 pm

      I search all over for reviews when deciding whether to buy an app. But I look for professional reviews, not just comments left in forums an in the app store.
      I share your concern over the Mac App store monopolizing attention for Mac software. There are plenty of reasons why developers would want to avoid the store besides Apple not letting them in. They may want to not give 30% of the sale price to Apple. They may not like the fact that anyone can say pretty much anything in a review on the sales page (false info, mentions of competitors, unrelated stuff, etc.) and they can’t control it. They may want to have more control over updates instead of having to wait for Apple to approve them. Etc.

    2/6/11 @ 10:53 pm

    Yes very true. Definitely time will tell on this. 30% is high with very little control over many aspects of the sale, but as Apple, hopefully, lightens up on the restriction and Macs become a more dominate computer on the consumer side, there is no doubt in my mind that the Mac App store will bring much sales to App developers. Sure it will drive App price sales down with competition but at the high quantity of sales, developers I believe will begin seeing a return in profits. I read that Pixelator (which I bought, could not pass up the new low price and love it) had record sales on the Mac App Store, something like over a Million!

    So clearly it has its pros and cons so far and again time will tell of this, but yes I hope the really good Apps shine and bring in new buyers for developers and I hope we begin to see many more talented developers on the Mac.

    I will buy on the Mac App store when I can to support the platform but also I like how one purchase basically gets you a family license:)

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