When the Mac App Store hit the scene, I thought it was going to replace the Downloads page on Apple.com, and it did replace the Mac Software shortcut in the Apple menu. But I just found out you can still get to the Downloads page on Apple’s site at apple.com/downloads/macosx. Thought I’d let you guys know.
Furthering the premise of easing their software into the Mac App Store, today Apple released Xcode 4 for free for registered developers, but now everyone else can purchase the development environment for Mac OS X and iOS in the Mac App Store for $4.99. The download comes in at a size of 4.24 GB, so be prepared to make some popcorn while you wait.
We love the story of Salem, Oregon, writer Colleen Houck, who ignored her rejection letters, self-published her Tiger series on Amazon, landed on the Kindle Store’s bestseller list, and wound up signing with an agent. Too good to be true? Not with the self-publishing options available today. Both Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iBookstore accept direct submissions from authors.
If you’ve enjoyed the benefits offered by the FaceTime for Mac beta version since its release late last year, prepare to pay for the privilege of continuing to use it -- version 1.0 has officially hit the Mac App Store, but it will cost you 99 cents to own it.
So maybe you love Mac OS X, but for whatever reason you can’t bring yourself to buy an iPhone and instead have chosen a Windows Phone 7 device. Now, you can merge those two worlds in one unlikely place: the Mac App Store.
With it becoming possible for computer users to download large files at greater and greater speeds, it could be argued that the launch of the Mac App Store was inevitable. The big question, however, is whether that inevitability also means the beginning of the end for the sale of software through Apple's brick and mortar retail locations. Could it be that one day in the not so distant future, Mac users will no longer have the option of choosing whether their software comes from the cloud or out of a box?
If you have little ones in your home that are finger happy with the keyboard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard has got your back. While it won't watch the kids while you go out for date night, you can use the built-in Parental Controls to finely tweak the Mac App Store so that the kids don't do anything fishy.
Independent software companies are reaping rewards from the salad days of the Mac App Store, but when will we see big software publishers enter the fray? At least in the case of Office publisher Microsoft, maybe sooner than later.
Here at Mac|Life headquarters, we believe that sharing is caring. That's right: every bit of news that we could possibly want our colleagues to be privy to, we shout it out loud from the industrial-sized soapboxes stashed away under our desks. And when we can't physically make proclamations here at the office, we do so with our Macs and iOS devices on the go. In this edition of Free App Friday, we're featuring three apps that'll help you get the word out about whatever it is you've got going on, and keep you in the know about your neighbor's agenda, too.
It is my belief that the best time to go on a winter trip is when everybody has about had it with winter trips. I'm talking about two weeks after the holidays, when all the hustle and bustle of the airports and highway traffic has been tamed by the fact that no one has any energy--or any money--to go anywhere.
So I'm out of here with my iPad, iPod touch and trusty MacBook Pro. Here are a few free apps I fired up for this occasion. I'll see you guys when I get back. Hopefully I have a tan.