Apple launched their Mac App Store we all have been waiting for. It offers a wide and fast growing range of great apps you can use on your Mac computer. Many, many of them are free! In this post, I will show you how the Mac App Store looks like and how to use it.
1. Requirements And Installation
In order to get the App Store up and running on your Mac, you need to have Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed. If you don’t have it already, you can buy it here:
Now, it’s time to update your Snow Leopard OS (Operating System) to the latest version 10.6.6. To do so, just click the APPLE icon at the top left of your screen and start the software update. It’s free, of course.
Once the new version of your OS is installed and you rebooted your Mac, you will finally find the icon to the brand new Mac App Store in your dock.
The installation now is complete!
In the rest of this post, I will show you the look & feel of the shop and tell you how it all works.
2. Mac App Store Overview
After clicking the App Store icon in your dock, the “Featured” tab will open first:
The Featured page gives you an overview about famous, new and most-installed apps of the store. In addition, at the bottom of the page you will find some great recommended apps.
Next to the “in Spotlight” tab, there are 4 more tabs:
After clicking on the Top Charts tab, you will see an overview of most bought, most downloaded and top-selling apps. At the right side of the page, you can filter those charts by category.
The Categories tab gives you an overview of every single category. From “Economy” to “Graphic and Design” and “Music” to “Video” and “Weather” you can browse anything you wish to.
Here, every single app you ever bought or downloaded for free is listed. You can also see on which date you bought it. Read on to find out how to install apps from the App Store.
The Updates tab makes you able to update out-of-date apps to the latest version with one single click.
3. App Detail Page
After clicking an app on the overview pages, you will get to the app detail page which provides you with additional information like a description and screenshots.
In addition, at the bottom you find user comments and ratings about the app from users who installed it.
4. Installing Apps From The App Store On Your Mac
Once you found an app you would like to install, you have to click on the blue button at the top left of the app detail page. There are many free apps, but of course, there are also many apps you have to pay for. The blue button tells you if it is free or costs money.
By clicking on the arrow at the right of the blue button, you can copy the link to the app page or directly recommend it to your friends via e-mail.
As you might have noticed, I am using the German version of the App Store
The greatest thing about the App Store is that it is totally easy to use. As soon as you logged in with your Apple ID (don’t worry if you haven’t got one yet. Everything is explained when you click on the bue button), the app gets automatically installed and appears in your dock for you to use. That’s it!
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