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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Bolo4u, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Bolo4u macrumors member

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    Ok, I searched for an answer (including using MRoogle) before making this post, and didn't find an answer. Here goes...

    I do not yet have a Mac computer, but will be getting an iMac in the near future. Im kind of waiting to see what the new iMacs will offer before making my switch from Windows.:cool:

    That being said, can I download mac software and have it saved/stored on my windows machine until I get my iMac. I know I can't run it and really don't care about that at this point. As an example, would I be able to purchase/download the Macbundle offer now, since its so inexpensive?

    Hope this makes sense... Thanks in advance for your reply
     
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    yes, as long as you don't purchase from the Mac App Store.

    usually, Mac software comes by way of a .dmg file. transfer the .dmg's to your Mac later on and they will work just fine.
     
  3. Bolo4u thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent!!! Thank you!

    Are these the install files that I would "double click" to install the application or the actual application itself?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A .dmg is a disk image. It's similar to inserting a DVD or external drive. Typically, when you open the .dmg, you'll see an icon for the app that you simply drag to your Applications folder. Some apps have an install package that you double-click to start the install process.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

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    Install on OS X is usually mount DMG, drag application to Applications folder, unmount DMG. It's not usually a "double-click"/exe type installer.

    B
     
  6. Bolo4u thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the prompt and informative replies... It seems my questions have been answered.

    TIme to start shopping and stocking up on a few apps!
     
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    And many outfits that sell software (BUT not the official Mac App Store) are selling licenses, so you can download it later. MacUpdate works that way; it stores all your info and you can go back years later and download the software you purchased. By the time your new machine rolls in there may be updates anyway, so you may not need to download it now.

    Rob
     

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