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Not on the Mac App Store

Dan Counsell:

The Mac App Store has been around for 6 years, but is still lacking some of the best software the Mac has to offer. You might be wondering why this is. Sandboxing certainly has a lot to answer for, but it’s not the only reason. There’s also paid upgrades, sustainability, quality of life, and the Mac App Store just generally being half-assed.

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Don’t let all that get you down though, there’s plenty of benefits to selling software outside of the Mac App Store. I’ve compiled a list of over 60 apps that are all world-class and seem to be doing just fine without it.

To this list, I would add some of the apps that I have installed: Arq, CrashPlan, DiskWarrior, Drive Genius, iDefrag, IntegrityChecker, MailMate, Mailsmith, Name Mangler, OmniDiskSweeper, Opacity, PhoneView, ProfitTrain, Skim, SourceTree, and Vienna. There are also lots of Mail plug-ins.

5 Comments

Actually, Fission is in the Mac App Store.

@Jeff Thanks for the correction. Search in the Mac App Store app is currently broken for me. I just found it using Google, and interestingly it showed the rating as 1-star. When I clicked through, the rating was shown as 4 stars. This also happened for a bunch of other apps that I was checking.

Ugh, that's terrible. It seems to be a Google bug that occurs when the current version of the app doesn't have enough ratings:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/websearch/t5o17aqrXIQ;context-place=forum/websearch

"Search in the Mac App Store app is currently broken for me."

And you think most things about the MAS are borked, Michael. But this amazing feature helps guide folks toward the non-MAS versions! They got one thing right...

@Jeff Looks like it will be fixed soon.

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