Then, Apple applied the same methodology in the Mac App Store. Finding, buying, and updating Mac apps has never been easier. What if you have apps that were not purchased in the App Store? How do they get updated? Either the old fashioned way, or a better way.
Too Many Mac Apps, Jack
As much as I like the concept of the Mac App Store, in practice it’s not as effective at keeping apps updated as the iPhone and iPad App Store.
Why not? For iOS devices, legitimate apps can only be obtained and updated from the App Store. For the Mac, many of us have non-App Store apps, and many apps will never show up in the Mac App Store because of Apple’s restrictive policies.
How do you update those apps? Either manually, or using an auto update available in some apps, or the bulk way. MacUpdate Desktop.
Because I have more apps than most Mac humans, and review apps by the dozens each year, I have more than my fair share of non-Mac App Store apps.
MacUpdate Desktop is the app that keeps them updated. It scans your Mac, checks with the latest versions, and gives you a one click option to update.
MacUpdate Desktop lists all the apps, Dashboard Widgets, Screensavers, and Preference Panes on your Mac.
Then, it scans for version numbers and compares the results to a central database.
Apps that need to be updated are listed in red, and include version numbers, release date, and description.
Select an app and click the Download and Install button and MacUpdate Desktop does the downloading and updating automatically.
There’s no easier way to keep track of a hundred non-Mac App Store apps for the latest version.
I’ve used it for years, but it has a few caveats. First, it’s an annual subscription service to use the app. It’s not much, especially if your time is valuable, but it’s a cost.
Second, it has a few quirks. It displays beta apps even when preferences say otherwise. Sometimes it displays the wrong version information and corrections take ages. There’s no automatic option to delete updated app installers (they’re saved on your Mac). Otherwise, MacUpdate Desktop keeps my Mac apps updated, saves me a lot of time, and time is money.