Mac App Store Stories September 2

The folks at Rogue Amoeba have announced a new version of their popular Fission audio editor today, and with this update, they are also removing the app from the Mac App Store. In a blog post, Rogue Amoeba’s Paul Kafasis explained that the decision comes as the Mac App Store has seen “scant few changes” and “remains beset with issues.”

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Mac App Store Stories August 31

The Mac App Store is not as old as the iOS App Store, but it has been around for a long time — since 2010, to be specific. However, while the iOS App Store has become a huge success, new research shows that developers are becoming less interested in releasing new apps on the Mac App Store.

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Mac App Store Stories March 9

It’s a big moment for 3D graphic artists who prefer Macs, as OTOY’s Octane X has publicly launched natively on the Mac, bringing unbiased rendering to all Macs that are capable of running macOS Big Sur. Octane X features full pixel parity with OctaneRender 2020, and later, bringing state of the art cinematic rendering natively to macOS for the very first time.

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Mac App Store Stories April 2, 2020

Better late than never, right? Facebook is starting to ship its dedicated Messenger for macOS app through the Mac App Store. The desktop messaging software was first spotted last April in a leaked announcement that included a preview.

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Mac App Store Stories November 4, 2019

On iOS, all apps must go through the App Store. On macOS, the Mac App Store is just one method of distribution and developers are free to publish their apps independently on their own website. This means app rejection policies on macOS are not as painful as with iPhone or iPad, but they are nevertheless significant.

Developers are reporting that apps made using Electron (which is a framework that allows companies to ship web apps in a native app wrapper) are now being rejected by the automated Mac App Store review process.

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Mac App Store Stories June 20, 2019

Adobe Lightroom users now have a new way to subscribe to and install the pro software: Apple’s Mac App Store. Apple named Lightroom among the apps that were set to launch or return on the redesigned Mac App Store on macOS Mojave last summer at WWDC 2018, and today Adobe has fulfilled that promise.

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Mac App Store Stories June 4, 2019

The Apple system status page is showing major outages for the App Store, Mac App Store, Apple Music and Radio.

While the key merely says ‘outage’ for the red triangles, this symbol is almost never seen on the page …

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Mac App Store Stories May 2, 2019

PSA: Mac App Store facing issues for many users [U]

The Mac App Store is having trouble today properly displaying content. The main featured Discover tab and more are showing up as almost mostly pages.

Mac App Store Stories April 4, 2019

BBEdit from Bare Bones Software has officially returned to the Mac App Store. Apple first teased out that the HTML and text editor software would join the new Mac App Store last summer as part of macOS Mojave’s reveal.

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Mac App Store Stories February 25, 2019

Bare Bones Software has released a big update to BBEdit, the HTML and text editor for the Mac. Starting with today’s version 12.6 release, BBEdit is now a sandboxed app. The security update makes BBEdit one step closer to returning to the Mac App Store.

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Mac App Store Stories January 24, 2019

Update: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook are now live on the Mac App Store.

Microsoft Office appears to finally be headed for the Mac App Store as soon as this week, based on a couple of clues. Apple first announced that Microsoft would bring Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to the Mac App Store back in June 2018 as part of its Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Mac App Store Stories January 15, 2019

TweetDeck for Mac updated with support for Dark Mode, rebuilt to help ‘fix many crashes’

While the official Twitter app for Mac is gone, the company is still actively developing its TweetDeck client for the platform and the Mac app is getting an update today with a handful of new features and bug fixes. Headlining the release is support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode, meaning the app will now match the rest of the operating system when in Dark Mode.

Mac App Store Stories December 13, 2018

Apple now supports app analytics for developers on the Mac App Store

With the introduction of the revamped Mac App Store on macOS Mojave, Apple had to remove some features along the way. Today, the company is adding app analytics for Mac App Store applications in App Store Connect.

Mac App Store Stories December 4, 2018

Epic, which is known for making the ever-popular Fortnite online game has today announced that it is launching its own Epic Games store on Mac and PC, soon.

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Mac App Store Stories November 15, 2018

Mac App Store Stories September 12, 2018

Apple outlines how developers can prepare for iOS 12, macOS Mojave & iPhone Xs/XR

In an update on the developer portal today, Apple has started encouraging developers to update their apps for the new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR. The company is also pushing Mac developers to submit their apps to the all-new App Store coming with macOS Mojave, and to the iOS App Store with iOS 12 features.

Mac App Store Stories June 12, 2018

Back in March, app developer Qbix thought it had hit on a great new way to make money from its Calendar 2 app for the Mac. Instead of charging users, or including intrusive ads, it offered users access to pro features in return for allowing cryptocurrency mining in the background.

Apple quickly put a stop to that, and has now updated its app guidelines to explicitly ban background currency mining …

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Mac App Store Stories May 24, 2018

Leak suggests Mac App Store to get iOS 11-style redesign in macOS 10.14

With iOS 11 last year, Apple introduced a completely redesigned App Store with a heavy focus on human curation. The redesign has purportedly had a dramatic affect on app discovery and download numbers, and now Apple could be planning to give the Mac App Store a similar treatment…

Mac App Store Stories March 7, 2018

Deckset is the latest macOS app to join the growing list of software that has outgrown the stagnant Mac App Store. Citing a lack of flexible pricing options, Deckset is leaving the Mac App Store as it launches version 2.0.

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Mac App Store Stories February 16, 2018

Today Twitter has announced that it will be killing its Mac application in favor of a web client. The social media giant tweeted on its platform today that the app has thirty days to live, and that it will no longer be supported beyond that.

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Mac App Store Stories June 7, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Apple Design Awards have been announced

This year’s Apple Design Award winners have been announced. The awards, which have now occurred in some form for over 20 years, are announced each year at WWDC.

Past winners have included such excellent releases as Affinity Designer, Ulysses, and Monument Valley. This year’s awards, which include titles featured on iOS, watchOS, and macOS, continue the tradition of excellence.

Mac App Store Stories April 21, 2017

On this week’s edition of Friday 5, we explore several additional paid Mac App Store apps that I use on a regular basis. Apps include titles like Bumpr, which lets you choose the browser that links are opened in, along with Affinity Designer, a remarkably deep vector illustration app that can be had for an outstanding price.

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Mac App Store Stories February 21, 2017

Logic Pro X updated with improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS, bug fixes

Apple has released Logic Pro X version 10.3.1 on the Mac App Store. The new update includes a few bug fixes as well as improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS. Full release notes below:

Mac App Store Stories January 2, 2017

How to hide and show app updates on the Mac App Store [Video]

Have you ever wanted to hide a particular app update on the Mac App Store? I often do so with some of the supplemental content provided by Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X. In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you how to quickly hide app updates, and how to bring back hidden updates just as fast.

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