A little healthy competition is a good thing, dear Mac users. Microsoft steals from Apple. Android steals from Apple. No idea is sacred. The biggest hit in the past two years has been Apple’s iPhone App Store.
Now, the App Store is coming to the Mac. That’s right. Get Mac apps from Apple’s official App Store. Click. Buy. Download. Install. Hmmm. Is there competition for that?
The Hidden Mac App Store
Could it be that the little Bodega corner app store is competition for the Giant MacUpdate?
Nah. Of course not. Search MacUpdate for Bodega and see what you get.
Bodega is an app. It’s also a store. It’s a store app for Mac apps and it’s eerily similar to Apple’s upcoming Mac App Store. If you’ve seen or used the iPhone App Store, then you get the idea. Here’s a look at Apple’s plans for the Mac App Store.
It’s an easy way to find Mac apps, buy Mac apps, and get them downloaded and installed quickly, easily, painlessly. Just like the iPhone App Store. Except the Mac App Store isn’t here yet.
The Bodega Mac app store is here already. It’s not as slick and polished and seamless as Apple’s Mac App Store, but it’s very good and worth a look.
The Bodega Mac App Store app has plenty of apps on display, and an easy to use buying process. Featured Apps are prominently displayed. The Bodega app scans your Mac and checks which Mac apps you have installed and gives you an option to update to newer versions.
Categories abound, including Audio, Business, Design and Graphics, Development Tools, Entertainment, Finance, Games, iPod and iTunes, Math and Science, Music, Networking, Video. Even Utilities, Widgets, and Plugins.
Click on any Category to browse the apps. Select and app and you have two choices. Download or Buy Now. Click Download and the app is downloaded to your Mac but not installed. To find the downloaded app you have to select Applications and click the Reveal button.
Clicking the Buy Now button brings down a sliding window with the app developer’s store.
So, you’re not really buying from the Bodega Mac app store, but direct from the app developer’s store (which stays within the Bodega app).
Double-clicking an app icon presents a window with tabs for Description, Reviews, and Press, as well as options to Tell a Friend or Write a Review. The Search field works as expected. Type in email and you get all the Mac apps that have anything to do with email.
Bodega is not the iPhone App Store, but the process to find apps, purchase and download is simple and straightforward, and much easier than clicking around to many different sites to find apps. As an app, Bodega is clever, clean, attractive, useful, and worth more than a passing look.