Potentially an appy occasion

Published April 13, 2011

My old Mac had been on a slow decline for the past few months. It wasn’t exactly a stunner when I got my hands on it, and I used it an awful, awful lot. The poor thing had been overworked and wanting a break for a long time but I wasn’t about to let that happen.

So, over the course of the Australian Grand Prix weekend this year, it sort of died. Thus, I have a “new-to-me” Mac on my hands. It’s taken a week or so to get everything up and running, but I’m not pretty much where I was before. One of the main changes, aside from the lack of hideous fan noises every time I opened any kind of video, is that I now have Snow Leopard.

And that means, I now have access to the App Store.

It’s a revelation really. Mr C had access to it before, and the changeover for his Mac was such an easy process for those apps he had via the store. It recognises you via your iTunes login, and knows what you’ve bought and what you haven’t, so that when setting up a new machine, you can just click on all the items you want to install from a list. Without having to find them all out and remember what you had on your old Mac, it’s quite a time-saving device.

I am new to it, so I didn’t have that benefit. In fact, it was a bit of a pain really. I had to buy things that I already owned, alongside the free downloads, and I’ve spent a bit of money just trying to get back to the situation I was in before the old Mac went bang.

Pixelmator is one classic example. I bought it a couple of years ago, and have been enjoying using it ever since. There’s a big update coming soon, and Pixelmator have tried to sweeten the deal by saying if you make the switch to the App Store, then you’ll get this update for free. So, it’s worth doing, but at the moment, it feels like I’ve just bought the same thing twice, which is never a nice feeling.

It should be worth it though. One of the main selling points to me is the software update process. I hate, hate, hate updating software, but the way the Mac does it particularly grates upon me. For those items that are sourced from the app store, the updates all happen in the one place and are super easy. More importantly, you control when you do it.

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