The Mac App Store Purchased list needs to be more user-friendly

The Mac App Store was a minor revolution when it first started doing business back in 2010. Like the iOS App Store, it lets you easily buy, download, and update apps that you can use on multiple Macs. It also serves as a conduit for updates to Apple software: both the operating system and Apple’s apps, such as iTunes, Pages, Xcode, and others.

For many users, it’s a great way to buy apps. It offers a single location to get software, and you pay Apple using your on-file credit card or gift card balance. You don’t need to worry about giving your credentials to an unfamiliar website, you don’t need to store serial numbers, and all your updates come through a single conduit.

But there are plenty of reasons to not buy from Apple; a number of key developers have pulled their software from the Mac App Store, because of the impossibility of having demo versions and upgrade pricing. (This article gives a good list of pros and cons of buying from the Mac App Store.)

The Mac App Store needs some work on user-friendliness.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

2 thoughts on “The Mac App Store Purchased list needs to be more user-friendly

  1. Agree with all you said. Similar comments apply to the iOS app store, iBooks and iTunes. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, it’s too hard to find things. Apple approach to search is horrible. And all the ancillary services (finding past purchases, hiding purchasing, unhiding purchases, etc) are hard to find or non-intuitive.

  2. Agree with all you said. Similar comments apply to the iOS app store, iBooks and iTunes. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, it’s too hard to find things. Apple approach to search is horrible. And all the ancillary services (finding past purchases, hiding purchasing, unhiding purchases, etc) are hard to find or non-intuitive.

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