One year ago exactly today Apple unveiled the Mac App Store with over 1,000 apps available at launch. Just like this year, CES was starting to ramp up. Apple stole the early thunder by announcing its app distribution system for OS X.
Steve Jobs told the world that, “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.” As it turns out, he was right.
The Mac App Store went live alongside OS X 10.6.6, and there was plenty of pre-release buzz surrounding high-profile apps like Twitter for Mac. Apple categorized and formatted the Mac App Store nearly identically to the iOS App Store, and user adoption skyrocketed.
Last month, Apple announced that the Mac App Store has served over 100 million downloads, and that figure didn’t even include Lion and re-download numbers. It was estimated that over 10,000 live apps existed in the store at that time.
It’s only taken Apple one year to propel the Mac App Store to the forefront of desktop software distribution. We can’t wait to see what this next year has in store.
Yesterday Apple announced that their Mac App Store has surpassed 100 million downloads, while that might not seem like much when considering the iOS App Store passed the same mark in three months, you need to remember that the Mac App Store has as much smaller user base. Furthermore it is important to remember that according to Apple these numbers don’t include the number of times that OS X Lion has been downloaded.
According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phillip Schiller “In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” he further adds “With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world.”
Throughout the past few months Apple has put a lot of time into transforming the distribution channel used for their software, shifting from the boxed versions to only offering digital versions of their most popular software, most recently adding their music production suite to the Mac App Store.
Another interesting tidbit that Apple included in the press release is the fact that the iOS App Store currently sees customers downloading apps at a rate of 1 billion apps per month. Since the iOS store’s launch in July 2008, Apple has recorded a staggering 18 billion apps downloaded.
Those interested can read the full press release here.
Apple has issued an update to Aperture today which fixes a Photo Stream bug that prevented new images from automatically importing into your library once it had reached 1,000 images. Despite being such a minor fix, however, the update weighs in at a whopping 551 MB.
If you’ve experienced this bug and you have photos missing from your library, Apple also provides a tip for recovering them:
Update to Aperture 3.2.2.
After the update is complete, open Aperture and hold down the Command and Option keys until the Library First-Aid window appears.
Choose the Repair Database option and click the Repair button.
When Aperture reopens after the repair has completed, the missing images will be visible again.
Aperture 3.2.2 is now available to download from the Mac App Store.
What’s New in Version 3.2.2
This update resolves an issue that could prevent auto-imported Photo Stream images from being displayed in the library after your Photo Stream hits 1,000 images.
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.
If you are like me you probably hold off buying games in the days that lead up to Black Friday, well this year it has really paid off, iOS developers aren’t the only ones slashing prices for Black Friday 2011; there’s also some awesome discounts to be found in the Mac App Store. One of the best we’ve discovered this morning is over half off all three of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto titles for Mac.
That includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All of which have been reduced from $14.99 to just $6.99:
If you have been having issues with Final Cut Pro then this is great news Apple released an update for you today. It’s a small bug fix for those having problems with title fonts and start times on compound clips.
The latest version is now 10.0.2 and includes these changes:
Fixes an issue where a title may revert to the default font after restarting Final Cut Pro X
Resolves an issue that could cause files recorded with certain third-party mobile devices to play back incorrectly
Addresses a stability issue caused by changing the start time on a Compound Clip
Final Cut Pro X is available for US$299 in the Mac App Store, current users can simply update the app for the changes.
Adobe is just one of the big-name developers that was quick to embrace the Mac App Store when it launched earlier this year, and today it has increased its presence with the launch of two “special edition” applications called Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor.
Both applications are $79 each, which is cheaper than the $99.99 retail versions, but they don’t quite provide all of the same features.Other than the absence of a few features, however, Adobe promises the Mac App Store releases include “all the editing features available in the full version.”
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor is a photo editor that seems to be aimed at iPhoto users who are looking for a little extra. It “works great with iPhoto when you’re ready to go beyond the basics,” according to Adobe, and promises to take your photos from “flawed to phenomenal in seconds.”
Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Editor is a video editor that is similarly targeted at those using iMovie, and features a ton of features that will help you turn your home movie clips into highly polished masterpieces, fixing shaky footage, adding effects and transitions, and more.
Both downloads weigh in at just under 1GB and require Mac OS 10.6.6 or later.
If you just can’t justify the costs of photoshop or simply don’t use all the features then here is some good news.
Another product is making a name for itself on the Mac platform.
Pixelmator is a $30 Mac App now in the App Store which gives you 80+% of what Photoshop offers.
The good news is that Pixelmator 2.0 drops today with additional tools which may be able to take care of the needs of light Illustrator uses as well with the inclusion of Vector Drawing tools:
Enjoy perfectly precise, full-featured drawing tools that allow you to easily create and edit any vector shapes, whether simple or advanced…and some more sophisticated Photoshop tools like content aware fill and a more advanced type tool.
Users who buy the current $29 version will be upgraded for free.
Here comes another update from Cupertino, Apple has released and update to their development tool for Mac OS X and iOS Xcode has been updated to 4.2 The new version of Xcode is now available as a free download in the Mac App Store or through the regular Apple developer website.
Thanks to 9to5mac.com for the what’s new info posted below:
What’s New in Version 4.2
– Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
– Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
– Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
– iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
– OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
– Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
– Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand
Enhancements and fixes in previous Xcode updates:
– Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
– Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
– Project editor can validate and resolve out of date build settings
– Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
– Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
– Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
If you are not busy updating something today then you probably haven’t turned your Mac,iPhone,iPod or iPad on. Apple has released so many updates today that it is hard to know which one to start with. Apple has just updated iPhoto to version 9.2, bringing along with it compatibility with iCloud and its Photo Stream feature along with the usual gaggle of fixes.
It is quite a big download however clocking in at 367MB and it requires OS X Lion. You can grab it now through Software Update, or the Mac App Store. Here are the release notes.
iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:
• Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
• Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
• Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
• Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
• Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books
This update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.