Pro tips for improving your app reviews

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Here's how to harness the power of app reviews (even bad ones).
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Mac app licensing is the headache you don’t want to DIY

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For Mac developers, handling app licensing can be a huge hassle.
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How to fix Mac App Store download problems

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If you're experiencing certain download issues, this is an early bit of troubleshooting to do.
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Macs are renowned for “just working,” but sometimes you might run into problems while downloading software from the Mac App Store. You might encounter files that say they’ve downloaded despite evidence to the contrary, or face verification errors or other installation difficulties.

If so, a relatively common fix involves emptying your Mac App Store temporary download cache folder. If you find yourself running into any of the Mac installation problems mentioned above, cleaning out this folder should be one of your first tasks.

But how do you do it? Follow our easy “how to” guide below.

‘Netflix of Mac software’ lets you binge on apps

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For developers, there are plenty of reasons to avoid the Mac App Store.
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Apple’s Mac App Store has been a desolate wasteland of mediocrity for years, but a new service called Setapp wants to breathe new life into macOS apps.

Setapp app claims it’s an “Unstore” alternative to the Mac App Store. Instead of paying for apps individually, you’ll pay a monthly subscription fee for access to 300 popular apps.

Today in Apple history: Apple preps for Mac App Store’s big debut

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The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
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Nov3November 3, 2010: Apple prepares to launch the Mac App Store, publicly accepting app submissions from registered developers — and kicking off a gold rush among coders.

Having seen the enormous sums of money raked in by early entrants in the iOS App Store, developers flood Apple with new Mac apps.

10 reasons to release your apps outside the Mac App Store

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The Mac App Store isn't the only way you should distribute your apps.
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