macupdate desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sakic10, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Sakic10 macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Calgary, Alberta
    hey, wondering if anyone has any input on paying 20/year for this application, i did the 10 day trial and it seemed to do the job with minor bugs only...

    wondering if theres a better application to keep my 3rd party apps up to date or is this the best bet?

  2. Guardsix macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    I've been using it for awhile. It seems to be hit and miss on keeping stuff updated. Some of the updates it tells me i can get don't work, i.e., it says an update is in the App Store but it only goes to the Apple web site. And then some of the updates just don't happen via Macupdate Desktop. I have to go to the app and get the update. But at least Macupdate told me there was a new version available.

    Most of the apps you get/buy through the Apple App Store will have updates indicated in the App Store App.

    I do get a daily E-mail that tells me about every app that's been updated. That's pretty good if you like to know what apps are available. There are a lot so you have to be careful about how carried away you get.
  3. abdu2s macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2011
    I don't know but almost every app i have automatically checks for updates when i run it.

    i don't think this service should be paid for
  4. MVRL macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
  5. toshoklabs macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007

    Hi - I am the main developer of MacUpdate Desktop, and can assure you that there is no other solution out there that will handle updating your 3rd party apps, screen savers, pref panes, widgets, and plugins as well as MacUpdate Desktop does. We spent a lot of time analyzing the best and fastest way to scan your Mac for all of the software you want to update. While there are other solutions out there, they are all less sophisticated and more problematic. The Mac App Store does handle updating your apps purchased from Apple fairly well, but that only covers a small fraction of the software you may have installed, and does not include screen savers, widgets, plugins, or pref panes, and will never include many awesome apps that are not "allowed" to be in the Mac App Store. There are also many cases where a developer will release a new version on their own web site and, but it takes weeks or months to get updated on the Mac App Store - MacUpdate Desktop will let you know about a new version as soon as a developer releases the update.

    There are a handful of apps that do not offer direct downloads for updates - in those cases MacUpdate Desktop will still let you know that there is a new version available, and will take you to the page (for customers to log in or whatever) needed to get the update. For apps purchased from the Mac App Store, MacUpdate Desktop will launch the App Store app or Apple Software update for you.

    We are constantly working to improve the system, and welcome both feedback and bug reports - if there are apps that are causing a problem, we want to know about them so that we can make sure that MacUpdate Desktop is able to update as many apps as possible.

    We would love to make MacUpdate Desktop free for everyone, but at this time, it takes a staff off real people to update 24/7, and we really want to make sure that MacUpdate Desktop is the best solution out there. Other solutions that are free do not come close to doing as good of a job - in our tests, we have found MacUpdate Desktop to find up to 60% more updates and also find them faster. Other solutions are clunky or require you to click multiple links and go to website and manually install downloads etc. In our view, $1.66 a month is very cost effective in terms of spending your time finding, downloading, and installing software updates. With the free solutions - you get what you pay for. The $20 fee is equivalent to spending 13 minutes a month if you make minimum wage. So save yourself some time, money, and hassle, and help support MacUpdate and Mac developers!

    In addition to the automated software update features, your paid membership also features a bunch of other benefits like Watch Lists, download history, email notifications and newsletters, website features, and discounts on Mac software. MacUpdate Desktop will automatically show you all of the apps that you have purchased from MacUpdate Promo, so that you can download and install them with 1 click.

    Please feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or questions to - we really do appreciate your input! We are a small group of Mac geeks and do what we do at MacUpdate to help support other Mac users and developers like you.


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