How to keep apps updated? [Auto App Update Feature?]

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by 2012Tony2012, Dec 7, 2012.

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    2012Tony2012

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    I love how my iPhone always tells me when apps have updates, but is that possible on iMac as well for FREE?
     
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    Both iTunes and the Mac App Store have badges like on the iPhone to show you when updates are available. Am I missing the question?
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    Are you saying that when I load itunes or app store in snow leopard that it should check all my apps etc, for example checks flash player etc and tells me there is a new update avaible?
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You'll be notified of available updates for apps installed from the Mac App Store. Non MAS 3rd party apps usually have their own process for checking for updates when you launch them. It doesn't work the same way the iPhone does, because Mac apps can be installed from sources that Apple doesn't control.
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    Ok thank you. So much to learn, but I am enjoying learning iMac from scarch. :D

    Are there any freeware apps that help check for updates? I found one but it costs money.:(
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You don't need another app to check for updates. Each app checks for itself, and the MAS checks for updates for apps installed through the MAS. Based on several of your threads, it appears you're trying to install as many apps as possible. You don't always need another app. Mac OS X does a lot of things well, without you having to install apps for everything. I recommend you take some time to get familiar with how OS X works, and only look for an app if you have a specific need that isn't met by OS X.
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    Audo App Update Feature?

    I norticed that Unarchiver have released 3.6 version yet my Mac is runing 3.5, but I am never notified that there is a new version of Unarchiver. Is there a way to get my Mac to automatically tell me that there is a new App version out?

    Doing a "software update" reports nothing!

    And I seem to have some App installed AJ Application Update which reports NOTHING all the time and has never reported an update!

    What can I do?

    And how do I remove that worthless piece of junk AJ Application Update ?
     
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    "software update" will only work on Apple products.
    If you buy from the app store, then you get notified.

    If you get an app directly from the developer, there's no way to check for updates - each developer has their own website and own way to do updates; no program could deal with all of them.
     
  9. MisterKeeks, Jan 6, 2013
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    MisterKeeks

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    There is no app to monitor software updates for non-Apple applications. If you want notifications, you can use the Mac App Store. Otherwise (unless the developer has built an updater into the app), you have to check manually.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    GGJstudios

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    If you followed all the steps properly and it doesn't appear, it's probably not installed, or the app has a different name.
     
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    Weaselboy

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    I have tried it myself, but I did notice this app on MacUpdate that checks for app updates.
     
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    There's also AppFresh as well, although it costs $15
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    It appears nowhere, but this is the one, how do I remove this thing because everytime I do a refresh it says its connecting to macupdate, but always says "NOTHING TO BE DONE!" even when there are updates available for some apps I downloaded from macupate.

    http://i48.tinypic.com/9j239h.png
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    Macupdate Desktop

    I have used MacUpdate Desktop for a few years now and at $20 a year it's (IMHO) the best application for updating 'Non App Store' apps out there. It is one subscription I renew without thought, highly recommended. :)
     

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