5 Ways Apple Could Improve the Mac App Store

5 Ways Apple Could Improve the Mac App Store

On MacBites 94 we discussed the discoverability of apps in the Mac App Store and I outlined what changes would make using it a better experience for me.

Here’s an outline of the points I discussed.

1. The Speed of the Store

I find the speed of the Mac App Store almost completely random. At times it loads instantly but then it slows to a crawl with an endless spinning wheel as it prepares to either switch views or load the requested page. Even a poorly optimized website is faster than the App Store most of the time. Apple could really make a difference to the end user if they could speed up the process of provided access to the requested content.

2. Multiple Pages

invariably when I’m considering a purchase I wish to compare apps and currently there is no really satisfactory way to juxtapose the information for two or more apps to provide a meaningful way to compare features, reviews and more side by side.

I’d love the ability to open multiple product pages inside the App Store.

3. Purchase Organization

Once you have more than a handful of apps the Purchases Tab becomes the bane of your life. There is absolutely no way to organize your purchased apps. Even the ability to sort them alphabetically would assist in locating each app. Currently the Purchases Tab is an endless list of apps organized by purchase date and that’s it, no grouping, prioritizing or any other useful taxonomy is permitted.

Grouping, starring and even colour coding would be a most welcome addition to the App Store experience.

4. Category Exclusion

I’m not a gamer! Well I have been known to venture in to a text based adventure game in my youth but other than that I have never enjoyed computers games. I have no desire to have games of any description foisted upon me every time I head in to the App Store.

The ability to exclude categories from displaying within the store would be a huge boon. Will Apple ever allow it? I very much doubt it, they may be customer focused but there are limits!

5. Wish Lists

The iTunes Store has wish lists, Amazon has wish lists and I for one would find the addition of such a facility in the Mac App Store a major benefit. It’s exclusion doesn’t mean I purchase instantly, it’s much more likely I’ll intend to return to such an app and then forget. The addition of a wish list would solve this problem and I’d probably end up spending even more money in the App Store than I do now!

What About You?

Those are my top five wishes for the Mac App Store but what about you? I’m sure you have some interesting ideas of your own. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Keynote on Three monitors

Keynote on Three monitors

As many of you will know I spend a large percentage of my time creating and delivering presentations and my app of choice for over eight years to create those presentations has been Keynote. Sadly the “update” Apple released late in 2013 removed most of the customization options in the Presenter View.

(more…)

Video: Dual Broadcast – The Video

Going Live with Dual Broadcast

As many of you will know my day job involves delivering hours of live online training every week. Most of this takes place via the fantastic Adobe Connect conferencing platform. Adobe Connect is an industry standard and feature rich but increasingly attendees are requesting more flexibility in the way they consume my output.

Well this week sees the adoption of a completely new delivery system for a large percentage of my online output – Dual Broadcasting.

(more…)

The Problems with iBooks on Mavericks

The Problems with iBooks on Mavericks

Since Apple introduced iBooks Author and the concept of an iBook I have eagerly awaited their arrival on the desktop. The ability to access the same content as available on my iPad was great enough but the promise that all my highlights and notes would seamlessly sync between devices was the cherry on top.

(more…)