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Mac App Store and software purchases

1/1: Which of the following best describes your behavior?

I buy most or all of my software from the Mac App Store 493 (21.12%)
I buy some software from the Mac App Store 996 (42.67%)
I buy most or all of my software directly from developers 705 (30.21%)
I don't buy any software 140 (6.00%)
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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: aca on Jun 01, '12 07:58:26AM

More and more apps in the apps store are require Lion or 64 bit processors, even for things that clearly don't require them. Developers often have versions that they've compiled for my older system, so I end up needing to buy them directly (even if it means to upgrade path if I ever do need to buy a new laptop). It would be better if the App store could let you purchase an app that wouldn't run on your system (with suitable warnings, of course), so that then the developer could send you a "legacy" version, but you could receive upgrades for a future time when you'd be able to use the "real" version.



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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 01, '12 08:19:49AM

FWIW: As a developer who has apps available for purchase via website and the MAS I can attest that purchases from the MAS currently outnumber those from the website, some months by as much as 3-to-1. In fact, since I started making apps available on the MAS last Spring, website purchases on the whole have been decreasing and MAS purchases increasing.

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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: pete on Jun 01, '12 08:53:45AM

I prefer to buy my apps from the authors. Some only use the MAS, so I buy them there. But if given a choice, I buy direct. Gives them more money in the pocket than the MAS way.



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Apple won't be getting my money any longer
Authored by: fyngyrz on Jun 01, '12 09:02:19AM

You know, I'm pretty satisfied with the (carefully backed-up) software I already own on the one hand, and I'm appalled at the idea of the Sandbox, mommy-nonsense like hiding the Library, the utter idiocy of "full screen apps" and Apple's consequent breaking of the multi-monitor paradigm, on the other.

Apple is going places I really don't want to go. I've simply decided not to follow. Both because it would inconvenience me significantly, and because I see little reason to support moves I don't agree with.

So what will I do? Simply go with what I have now. I've an 8-core 3 GHz macpro, and should it die horribly and new machines refuse to run Snow Leopard, there's always EBay. My software works fine, and I have a great deal of it.

The only thing I face that changes such that I have to keep somewhat up to date is the web, and there are plenty of alternatives to Safari out there that address other operating system versions. I expect that to remain true for a while. Also, Safari is lagging, frankly... it's significantly feature-poor, middle-clicks don't work right, and it hogs memory like a wino with a cache of Thunderbird.

Maybe all the years of open systems are finally ending consequent to the perceived abuses of the virus writers, hackers, black hats, etc. And... perhaps I'll just find something else to do.

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Apple won't be getting my money any longer
Authored by: cleanhead on Jun 04, '12 08:55:04AM

You're not alone. Three thumbs up.



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Apple won't be getting my money any longer
Authored by: audiophil on Jun 07, '12 08:15:17PM

I am starting to think along these lines as well.

The lack of any substantial updates to the mac pro line led me to assemble a newer i7 PC and run it as a hackintosh rather than overpay for outdated hardware. Then comes 10.7; which pretty much offered zero enhancements which were practical for a user who leverages multiple monitors. The changes to the finder were also all too annoying for a user who needs to regularly deal with shuttling around around huge quantities of files. (I presently use Path Finder now). Watching developers being forced to cripple their apps to move them to the app store; the annoyance of the newer sandboxing. . .the looming changes that 10.8 will bring. . the feature destruction of 10.7 server, the whole fiasco with Final Cut Pro X. . . . .

Apple's focus on the mobile market is making the platform more and more unappealing for the pro market.



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Apple won't be getting my money any longer
Authored by: Panjandrum on Jun 15, '12 07:33:27PM

Yep, after being a loyal Apple fan (but never a fanboy) since the Apple II, Apple is succeeding in driving me away. My next machine will be an inexpensive PC with Windows 7 on it, and I will continue to run the Mac OS virtualized when necessary. Apple is in the process of crippling their OS, and to put it bluntly; I need my UI to work with me, not against me. Lion reminds me of fighting with older versions of
Windows - it just doesn't do anything right (completely broken full-screen functionality across multiple monitors, no all window-expose, icon and button all grey and hard to differentiate, critical portions of the OS necessary for troubleshooting hidden.) The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is I can't take the trip to moron-land with them. Hmmm, maybe that should be their new advertising tag line "The new Apple; computers for morons, by morons". What a sad state of affairs, up through Snow Leopard they had the envy of the industry; now they've got crap.



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Apple won't be getting my money any longer
Authored by: computergeeksjw on Jun 21, '12 08:05:54AM

There is one ray of light along that line - in Mountain Lion, you will be able to go full-screen on any monitor. I'm not a developer, so I don't know yet how well that will work, but it certainly should be nice when presenting - I always use an extended desktop for the projector, so sometimes I have to be creative (using VLC, etc.) to make things like video go full screen on another monitor.



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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: StrawHousePig on Jun 01, '12 09:07:40PM

I voted "Most or all from the developer." I bought one thing from the App Store, but only because it is unavailable outside of it. I don't buy a lot of software these days, but when I do, I'd prefer to not have to buy it from the App Store.

I'm avoiding 10.7 client like the plague after my experience with 10.7 server. I did about a month in iPhoto '11 before I had to trash that POS and upgrade back to iPhoto '09. Seems to me like usability has taken a back seat to something else. To much change for the sake of change with no regards as to whether it actually makes something better. Take "Find" in the Finder. Please.



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Mac App Store and software purchases
Authored by: negritude on Jun 01, '12 10:08:43PM

This poll is insufficiently detailed. What do you mean by "buy"? Are we talking only about paid apps?

Lots of free software is downloaded via the Mac App Store, because many programs are now only available via that channel.

Some get a lot of software via promotional bundles put together by places like MacUpdate. So, not exactly direct from the developer.



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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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