Mac App Store

Sandboxing troubles: MPlayerX leaves Mac App Store

How much security is too much? Apple’s sandboxing rules for its Mac App Store are supposed to keep malware in check, but the developer of MPlayerX is charging that it prevents the video player from loading subtitles. MPlayerX isn’t the fist app to leave the store.

Reading the tea leaves on app sandboxing in OS X

What’s behind Apple’s decision to require sandboxing in OS X apps? It is not a far stretch to consider that this shift in approach might have a connection to Apple’s long-term plans to make iCloud the center of their strategy for the next decade.

Apple ups the pro appeal of Final Cut Pro X

Apple released a fairly big update for its Final Cut Pro X video editing app on Tuesday. It only tips the version number slightly up to 10.0.3, but it brings a couple of major additions pro users have been clamoring for, including multi-camera editing.

Macworld | iWorld 2012 highlights for developers

While the target audience for Macworld | iWorld is your typical consumer, there are a few vendors in attendance that are focused on reaching developers. If you’re a developer yourself, or work with developers, you might want to stop by the following vendors during the show.

Apple’s Mac App Store reaches 100M downloads

The Mac App Store is not quite a year old, and it just passed the 100 million download mark, according to Apple. Originally launched in January, the Mac App Store is now the “largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world,” Apple says.

Games for the weekend: Chopper 2

I’ve always been a fan of side-scrolling shoot-em-up action games. Defender is one of my all-time favorite arcade games. Now I’m playing Chopper 2, and what a difference 3D makes to this type of game, especially with the litany of display options the game provides.

TuneUp could improve your iTunes Match experience

An app that just arrived on the Mac App Store on Thursday could help improve your initial iTunes Match experience, thanks to a host of features it includes for cleaning up your iTunes library. It’s called TuneUp, and it’ll scrub your messy collection clean.

Apple releases Final Cut Pro free trial, major update

On Tuesday Apple introduced a major update to Final Cut Pro X that restores many features missing in the original release, and also comes alongside a free 30-day trial version for people still a little gun-shy after Apple’s latest overhaul to its professional video editing suite.

Games for the (long) weekend: The Baconing

Sometimes, a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously is a breath of fresh air. The third instalment of the DeathSpank series of cartoonish RPGs from Hothead games, The Baconing, is a perfect example, and a solid follow-up to a franchise that hasn’t disappointed yet.

Final Cut Pro X: Troubling or just transitional?

Reviewers and video professionals apparently aren’t as enthusiastic about Final Cut Pro X as I was on the day of its release. Of course, I’m not a video pro, but that doesn’t mean the rancor with which FCP X has been greeted is necessarily justified.

iA Writer for Mac: Minimalism at Its Finest

iA Writer for iPad has been popular as a distraction-free writing app, and I’ve been looking forward to the Mac version. Now that it’s finally here, I take it out for a test drive and let you know whether it’s worth the money or not.

Mac Malware and the App Store Coming of Age

MacDefender is the latest, and arguably the most significant Mac malware threat we’ve seen in a long time. Apple support reportedly isn’t offering help over the phone to affected customers, but doing so could set a costly precedent, and there’s arguably a better solution available long-term.

5 Great Mac Tools for Designing Apps

There are definitely some great tools for the iPad to help solidify your app concept from a more abstract point of view. Looking at the more tangible side of visual design, I’ve found the following tools available in the Mac App Store to be quite helpful.

Panic Donating Proceeds From Software Sales to Help Japan

All sales of any of Panic software between 10:00 a.m., March 17 and 10:00 a.m., March 18 (PDT) will be split between the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Mercy Corps based in Portland, Ore. for use in relief efforts in Japan, the company announced today.

The Best Deals in the Mac App Store Right Now

Alongside the launch of the Mac App Store, Apple cut the price of its professional photography application, Aperture, from $199 to just $79.99. But it wasn’t the only one to offer a price break. Here are some of the best deals in the store right now.

How the Mac App Store Could Lead to a Better iTunes

Much of the discussion surrounding the Mac App Store has been around the repercussions it will have on Mac application development, but I think it could finally signal a significant change in the role iTunes plays in media management on the Mac.

Casting a Critical Eye Over the Mac App Store

We’re not even a week in, and the Mac App Store seems to be a success. But as the excitement wears off, it’s time to take a long, hard look at what the Mac App Store means for users — not just now, but in the future.

Developer Roundtable: The Mac App Store

I had a chance this week to talk with a few developers about the Mac App Store and what the launch yesterday means for their business. The general feeling is one of optimism, and even excitement, at the opportunities that the store presents.

Twitter for Mac Review: The Bird Is Back

A new version of popular Twitter client Tweetie is finally here, launching today alongside Apple’s new Mac App Store. The updated application comes with a new, more official, name: Twitter for Mac. So, are the various changes to this highly popular application worth getting excited about?

Screencast: The Mac App Store in Action

Want to see how the new Mac App Store works but you can’t because you’re at work, using an older version of OS X, or (gasp) a Windows user? Here’s a screencast with a complete rundown of how it looks and works on your Mac.

Mac App Store Launches, Featuring Over 1,000 Apps

The Mac App Store officially launched today as promised, at around 5:30 a.m. PST. Users can gain access to the new OS X software distribution platform by downloading and installing the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update, available either through Software Update or direct from Apple’s website.

Mac App Store Opening Jan. 6

Apple today announced that the Mac App Store will officially launch on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. The Mac App Store, like its iOS equivalent, will be used to sell and distribute applications, only for Mac OS X instead of for Apple’s portables.

Apple: No Trials in the Mac App Store

If you want to provide potential customers with a function-limited version of your game so they can test it before purchase, Apple wants you to do it on your own time and in your own space. The Mac App Store will be trial- and demo-free.

Firemint Announces Flight Control for Mac

The Mac App Store was only announced a little less than a day ago, but we’ve already had one developer announce it’s planning on developing software for it. Firemint, the studio behind Flight Control for iOS, has already started work on Flight Control for Mac.