Buying Twitter for Mac in the Mac App Store
- Mac App Store home screen
The Mac App Store is modeled after the iPhone and iPad app stores, with the same familiar sections.
It highlights New and Featured apps, What's Hot based on what people are buying and downloading now, and shows the Top Paid and Top Free lists.
Scroll down to see Staff Favorites.
- Choose an app to buy
In my case, I want the newly released Tweetie 2, renamed Twitter for Mac.
- Click the button labled Buy or Free
To download and install an app, you'll click the Buy or Free button under the app's icon.
Before you do, check out the app's reviews. I can see people are loving Tweetie 2 -- sorry, Twitter for Mac -- and it's definitely worth "free".
- Log in to make purchases
Just like the iPhone and iPad, you'll need to log in to make a purchase, even if your "purchase" is free. This is how the store will know which apps you've downloaded.
- Update your billing info
Every time you access Apple's stores from a new device, you're asked to verify your billing info.
Make sure to put in your full credit card number and credit card security code, and use the billing address your credit card statement is mailed to.
- Agree to the new terms and conditions
There are changes in the terms of service you'll need to agree to.
The main item of interest is that "You may download and use an application from the Mac App Store for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X that you own or control."
That's all good, so go ahead.
- Installing ...
After fixing your billing info and agreeing to terms of service, try clicking the Free or Buy button again.
In our case Twitter for Mac is free, so the button will change to "Installing..."
Ok, it's installed. Feel free to check out your Applications folder to make sure.
If the app you're downloading is one you already own and it's the same app, it will be replaced in place.
But, if you have something else by the same name, the app store will make a folder and install into that, so it shouldn't accidentally write over a different item with the same name.
- Check your Dock for the new app
If this is a new app, it shows up at the right end of your dock.
If it's an app you already have on the dock, the icon stays where it was.
- Run your new app
On its first run, Twitter for Mac needs to know your Twitter account.
Many of the new app store apps, especially the free or low cost ones, bear a striking resemblance to their iPhone or iPad counterparts.
Personally, I love the minimalism of the new Twitter interface -- although those who complained about the iTunes window buttons getting turned sideways are really going to hate Twitter for Mac's window buttons.
- The Mac App Store knows what you have installed
After you've installed an app, the store knows and will show you that while you're browsing.
On my Mac, it even picked up the various iWork and iLife apps I use. Some of them, such as Evernote, weren't initially detected. Looks like the version numbers need to match exactly, and we'll cover this in a later post.
For now, if it costs money and you know you've got it, don't Buy it again. If it's Free, go ahead and update the one you have with this app store, so you can benefit from the centralized app management and updates tools.
Unlike the iOS app stores, the Mac App Store lets you review your purchases. Click the icon at the top of the window.
- Review your purchases
It's easy to see what you've bought and is currently installed.