The Mac App Store is a nice place to shop, but you wouldn’t want to live there.
First, it’s overcrowded. Think iPhone App Store crowded. Too many apps. Second, there’s too much searching. Third, there’s no easy way to compare apps side-by-side. Finally, it’s fun at first, but bells and whistles are slim to thin to none. The Mac App Store needs an app for that.
There’s An App For That
This is one Mac app you’re not likely to find on the Mac App Store, so it pays to look around and not assume that every app for a Mac is on Apple’s Store.
Appalicious is the Mac app that makes searching for apps more fun and productive than the Mac App Store app.
Think of it as merely another Mac App Store app but with tools, features, functions that go beyond what Apple provides.
Take searching. Please. The Mac App Store makes search easy, but the results are anemic at best.
Appalicious lets you search by rank, name, company, price, discount, ratings, description and release date. Searches can be saved, too.
Wait! There’s More!
Beyond search, Appalicious tracks discounts. Discounts? Yes. Apps on the Mac App Store get discounted regularly. How do you know which ones and when? Appalicious knows.
When checking an app’s detail pages, Appalicious opens them one at a time; multiple windows make for easy comparisons. The whole interface is like a spreadsheet with 18 columns of information about each app in a search.
Appalicious tracks Mac apps for version and price so you can see today’s price, previous prices, and compare.
Once you find an app you’re sure you want, it’s a click away to open the app in the Mac App Store app. What’s not to like? There’s a try-before-you-buy seven day trial for Appalicious.
Caveat? Other than being a little overwhelming with options, Appalicious itself is a subscription app. You pay an annual fee to use it. If you buy plenty of Mac apps, it could easily pay for itself with the Discount Tracking option alone.
UPDATE: From what we can tell, Appalicious has been renamed to Appcuity.