Unlike the iOS App Store, I have only a few Mac App Store apps, though the number is growing. How do I keep all the rest of the applications up to date with the most recent versions. Tedium personified? Or, is there a trick?
For many, many years I’ve kept all those third party Mac apps updated– not the old fashioned way; one by one– but by using MacUpdate Desktop. Basically, the app sits in the background, scans your Mac for apps and version numbers, then compares the version with an updated list in a database.
Easy peasy. For so many years MacUpdate Desktop was my mainstay for keeping third party apps updated to the most recent version. So what’s the problem?
MacUpdate Desktop is a subscription service. $20, twice a year. In a way, that’s acceptable because the nearly automatic update processes saves an incredible amount of time. But when things go wonky and the price tag goes ever higher, one must consider other alternatives.
Enter a more affordable solution. MacUpdater. A one time price tag– no subscription fee every x-number of months– gets you an app that scans your Mac apps, grabs the version number, then compares it to a database of apps with recent updates.
Easy peasy. One click on most apps in MacUpdater will get the updated version downloaded and installed.
What’s not to like?
MacUpdate is a one time fee app that is half the price of MacUpdate Desktop for six months. What do you get? An easier interface. Easier to set configurations, settings, and preferences. Same result– updated applications.
Just launch it and let it scan your apps. You’ll see a list of all your apps, and apps with updates are listed in red. There are filter-options to display just outdated apps or ignore apps from being updated.
Again, what’s not to like?
Three’s even a Dark Mode for macOS Mojave. Settings are simple and straightforward.
What you really want is set it and forget it– until it’s time to update apps on your Mac. Then it’s just a matter of scrolling through a list of apps scanned by MacUpdater, and clicking on the Upgrade App button.
You have the option of displaying All Apps on the Mac, or just Outdated Apps. It also displays which Mac apps come from the Mac App Store, and which are 32-bit apps (which likely will not run on the next version of macOS). The trial version gives you 10 one-click updates.
Easy peasy. No subscription. Easier interface. Again, what’s not to like?