Mac App Store: Walkthrough, Tips and Recommendations

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Early this morning Apple launched the Mac App Store. Funny, how it was timed to be the morning that CES officially kicks off. Thanks a lot, Steve.

We’ve all been curious about how the Mac App Store would work, ever since it was announced. What’s you should know is that it’s not available directly for download through Apple’s website as iTunes is for new users.

In order to use the Mac App Store you will have to do a system update:

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1) Click the Apple Menu

2) Software Update

3) Your computer should tell you that updates are available, and just accept the downloads. Wait a few minutes, restart your computer and your Mac App Store icon now shows up on the dock next to the Dashboard icon.

4) As expected you will need to login with your Apple ID and password. Then you are good to go.

 

Playing Around With the Mac App Store:

We played around to see the new, old and everything in-between and one of the first things we noticed was how similar the interface looked to the iPad:

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Here’s a closeup of the tabs up top:

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We also noticed that the Apps that made it to the Mac App Store over from the iTunes App Store tend to keep their iPad pricing. Though Apple’s iWork suite App prices are each raised $10.

Not all Apps are shown as installed after we downloaded them. For example, Evernote did not show up. We figure that it may be because it’s installed in a different directory.

The screenshot view is arranged differently than what you would find in the App Store. You have to click on each thumb at the bottom of the screenshot to view a full-size image:

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Of course there is already plenty of junk making its way to the Mac App Store, which was expected. Still, we hope to see hundreds and thousands of more useful Apps become available.

 

App Mac Store Purchases Are Cheaper Than Apple Store:

Some Mac applications will easily run you $200 on Apple’s website (like Aperture), but the same App will cost $80 on the Mac App Store.

It also seems that the user license for software downloaded on the Mac App Store allows for you to use it on any of your personal Macs. According to the wording on the TOS, which website tuaw pointed out reads as folllows:

“You may download and use an application from the Mac App Store for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X that you own or control.”

 

Mac App Store Already Recognizes What Has Been Installed:

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As the image above shows, the Mac App Store knows what software we already have on our Mac. iPhoto and Pages are both already installed in this case, and the App Store picked up on that.

 

How to: Fix Mac App Store Error 100

Some users are getting an error that reads:

“We could not complete your App Store Request. An unknown error occurred (100).

There was an error in the App Store. Please try again later.”

It seems that the error comes from the App Store not having you accept the revised Terms & Conditions (T&C). See, with the Mac App Store, Apple revised the terms of their user agreement for their storefront. When you make your first purchase or download on the Mac App Store, you will have to accept these new terms. For some reason, some people aren’t having the Mac App Store prompt them of the revised T&C, and it seems to think they haven’t accepted these new terms.

The fix is as easy as relaunching the Mac App Store. You may have to try it a few times, but you will know things are right when you choose to download an App and you are greeted with the prompt telling you that Apple’s terms have been revised and you will need to read and accept them to continue. Most of us don’t read that stuff anyway, but we probably should.

 

Notable Apps That Migrated to the Mac App Store:

 Of course there are many Apps that made their way to the Mac App Store from the App Store we were all used to accessing to get iPad and iPhone Apps. Let’s take a look at some of the more notable ones:

Twitter – The popular social networking App has made the transition to the Mac App Store. It’s free, and it’s very lightweight. Link

EvernoteOne of our favorite productivity Apps is now available on the Mac App Store. Some users may already have this on their computer, but if you don’t we recommend you pick it up. It’s free, and now easier to download than ever. Link

1112 Episode 01 – This game was originally available for iOS. It’s a graphic adventure game with beautifully-drawn visuals. At $7.99 it’s not a bad price. Link

 

Mac App Store Games:

Of course many of us were wondering about what kind of games we would see on the Mac App Store. Let’s see what we can find.

Angry Birds – Is it any surprise that one of the most popular iPhone games of all time made its way to the Mac App Store on day one? Didn’t think so. It will set you back $4.99: Link

Chopper 2 – This game is worth buying NOW. It’s going for 80 percent off the regular price to celebrate the launch of the Mac App Store. That means you can buy it for 99 cents right now. This is the popular game that allows players to use their iPhone as a controller. Very cool. Link

Bejeweled 3 – Popcap’s popular puzzler is available on the Mac App Store for $19. One of our favorite games in the genre. However, we do have to ask Popcap when they will bring Plants vs. Zombies. Link.

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 – This just goes to show how big the Mac App Store can be. This is Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4, the same game you can pick up at the store. It’s $49.99. Keep in mind that this is a full-on Mac game, and the file size is a whopping 6.11 GB, so you will be waiting for a while. Still very cool and shows the potential of the Mac App Store. Link

 

Already a Favorite: MindNode for Mac

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This App is truly awesome. It’s called MindNode, and it’s free. It works by letting the user create little “nodes” like a web very easily to sort their ideas and put it on paper, so to speak. You can color coordinate various parts of the web so that your ideas can be easily sorted through. It’s very cool, and we are already enjoying the heck out of it. Link

 

More to Come

We are still playing around with it, but it’s worth knowing that the Mac App Store launched with over 1,000 Apps. Yeah, that’s a lot to choose from. Go ahead and have a look around. Let us know if you find anything interesting and leave some comments below.

 

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