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With regards to purchasing Apple Mac Software:

  • Is the Majority of Software available for the Mac now available for purchase from the Mac App Store ? Are there Pros & Cons to Mac App Store purchasing ?

  • Do people still purchase directly from the company website that created the software as an electronic download - I understand most companies offer a free trial (usually 30 days)

  • Do people still buy "boxed software" from retail outlets and online retail stores ?

If the software is available via all these routes and maybe purchased in other ways, is there a recommended (instinctive) way or do people just go through the above options and see which turns out to be the cheapest ?

Thankyou

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Yes, yes, yes and yes. You might want to limit down your question though so it actually addresses an issue or limitation you are running into, and it can be properly answered. –  Gerry Nov 26 '12 at 12:41
    
The only issue I have is which do most people do ? Example you are an experienced Apple User who buys software from time to time, which steps do you automatically do? –  Simon Nov 26 '12 at 13:00
    
I have only used Freeware, but there must be people who purchase on a regular basis and therefore be able to provide tips (if i'm making sense) –  Simon Nov 26 '12 at 13:04
    
Actually I don't think the question does make any sense, unless you are collecting info for some kind magazine piece. I would expect you to ask something more like "I need to buy MS Office for Mac -- Where do you think is the best place for me to do that?" –  Tom Gewecke Nov 26 '12 at 14:38
    
@Tom Gewecke: In terms of buying MS Office for Mac...do you go straight to the Mac App Store, do you go to Amazon or PC World (if these stores are available in your country) or do you go straight to the Microsoft website..and see which is cheapest ? –  Simon Nov 26 '12 at 14:51

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Is the Majority of Software available for the Mac now available for purchase from the Mac App Store ? Are there Pros & Cons to Mac App Store purchasing?

I don't know exactly how you would compile those numbers, or if Apple even releases numbers for the Mac App Store, so it's difficult to say how the "majority" is sold.

As for pros and cons, probably the biggest pro is Mac App Store purchases can be used on any number of Macs that you own (see Apple's FAQ); you don't need to buy additional licenses for each machine as long as it's for personal use. Also, updates are delivered through the store, so you get a notification when updates are available.

Installing from the Mac App Store is also presumably more secure because Apple has tested and approved all apps before making them available (and can revoke an app developer's certificate, which is a benefit assuming a rogue app sneaks through, but could also be a negative if they abuse that ability).

Do people still purchase directly from the company website that created the software as an electronic download - I understand most companies offer a free trial (usually 30 days)

Well, sure, why not? There's no requirement that all apps have to go through the Mac App Store. However, the Mac App Store does not offer trials, so you'll need to purchase directly from the developer if you want a trial (assuming they offer one).

Do people still buy "boxed software" from retail outlets and online retail stores ?

Again, sure, of course you can if you want.

If the software is available via all these routes and maybe purchased in other ways, is there a recommended (instinctive) way or do people just go through the above options and see which turns out to be the cheapest?

I'd say the Mac App Store is the easiest and most straightforward option for most users, since it's integrated right into OS X and updates are delivered automatically.

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Thankyou so much for giving quite a comprehensive answer and even informing me that the Mac App Store would not permit a free trial (which might be disadvantageous), compared to buying direct online. I hope new Apple users find this information as useful as I have and will bear this in mind on future purchases of Mac Software. Excellent –  Simon Nov 26 '12 at 15:06
    
@Simon: I was wrong – there's actually no limit to the number of machines you can install a Mac App Store purchase on, as long as it's for personal use. –  daGUY Nov 26 '12 at 15:37
    
Thankyou, I'm relatively new to Mac, and dont spend alot of time on it. Any question I ask, i'm asking not to be funny, but because I'd like to know the best solution. As you can see this question has now been closed –  Simon Nov 26 '12 at 15:42

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