Subscription service lets you binge on 60-plus Mac apps

By

Setapp lets you binge on macOS apps.
Setapp is like Netflix for Mac apps.
Photo: MacPaw

The way Mac users get apps is about to become a lot more like Netflix, thanks to a service launching today called Setapp.

Created by the folks at MacPaw, Setapp is a new app subscription service that provides Mac users with an alternative way to try and buy apps instead of going through the Mac App Store.

Its not filled with loads of crap either. Top apps like Ulysses, Blogo, CleanMyMac, iMazing, Pixa, Polarr and Flume are all included. Instead of buying apps individually though, Setapp lets users pay a flat fee for access to hundreds of popular apps.

Developers will soon be able to reply to your mean app reviews

By

apple-app-store-apps-vulnerable-freak
You'll soon be able to turn off app review requests.
Photo: Apple

Apple is planning to make big changes to the way iOS and Mac users leave reviews for developers.

With the release of iOS 10.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.12.4 beta 1 this morning, Apple introduced two highly requested features for the developer community: a standardized method to ask for reviews, and a way for developers to reply to individual reviews.

Pro tips for improving your app reviews

By

App Store reviews
Here's how to harness the power of app reviews (even bad ones).
Image: MacPaw

macOS 10.12.2 is out with new emoji and wallpapers

By

macOS Sierra logo
New goodies have arrived for Mac users.
Photo: Apple

Mac owners can now take advantage of all the new emoji iPhone users got earlier this week, thanks to today’s release of macOS 10.12.2.

Apple launched the macOS update this morning, bringing a host of performance enhancements to users, as well as couple new features and small tweaks.

Mac app licensing is the headache you don’t want to DIY

By

app licensing
For Mac developers, handling app licensing can be a huge hassle.
Image: MacPaw

How to fix Mac App Store download problems

By

App Store tutorial
If you're experiencing certain download issues, this is an early bit of troubleshooting to do.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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

By

Mac App Store
For developers, there are plenty of reasons to avoid the Mac App Store.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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

By

MacAppStoreSplash_2x
The Mac App Store opens its doors to developers.
Photo: Apple

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

By

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