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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: docsudo on Jun 02, '12 07:26:31PM

I use the MAS to download free applications or Apple-produced software but I prefer to get any paid 3rd party apps directly through the developer's website. I often find that certain features which I like to use are often solely available on a version of the software offered on the developer's site. MAS rules apparently prohibit certain application behaviors while sandboxing often eliminates others, consequently developers often can only enable certain features on software versions sold through their own sites.

Besides that, I personally prefer to deal directly with the creators of whatever software I choose to use on my computers. I enjoy the different visions of software perfection offered by different developers, I like feeling a close connection with the folks who write the software that I use. And I'd like to think that they appreciate getting the full value of my software purchases directly from me personally.

Frankly, I am not much enamored of the Lion OS. I don't much like the direction the Mac OS has taken lately, either. I'm hoping that Apple re-thinks some of these decisions and listens to the concerns of thoughtful, long-time users who feel that a very intelligent OS has been somewhat dumbed down to cater to a new audience. I don't need to be protected from my own software choices.

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