Once you log into the Mac App Store you will immediately notice that there are several sections where you will find the right apps for what you need. The first two sections are called New and Noteworthy which include those applications that have entered the Mac App Store recently. As for the What’s Hot, Top Paid and Top Free section, this one lists the applications which are the most popular at that moment. Other sections include Top Grossing and Staff Favorites.
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We should also mention that there is a Categories button while in the Quick Links section you will find a categories pop-up menu. Obviously, the Mac App Store has a Search field which can be found in the upper right corner of the window where you can either search for an app by its name or do a search based on the app’s type that you’re looking for.
Once you have found an application that you would like to purchase, now it is time to buy it. The price of the app is located in the upper left corner of the application’s page. You will notice that the price tag it works as a button and once you do a click on it, this is going to modify into a button which reads Buy App. If you click this button once again, you’ll be able to purchase the application. If you did not sign in before, now you have to so that you can complete the purchase process. After conducting the purchase, the Mac App Store is going to download the application and it will install it on your Mac. If the computer that you have is running on Lion, the screen of your Mac will switch to the Launchpad where you will see the icon of the recently installed application at the bottom of the list as a dimmed icon that has a progress bar called Downloading. You are able to use the computer normally while the download is in progress as the app will be downloaded in the background. For verifying the download’s progress, you must fire up Launchpad once again or you might want to access the section called Purchases which is in the Mac App Store application. Here, the app you have acquired is positioned at the top of the list and it displays a progress bar, along with the amount of time needed in order to finish the download. Speaking of time, the amount varies according to the size of the app and also it is based on your Internet connection. You are able to pause the downloading process by clicking on the Pause button that can be found next to the Purchase screen in the Mac App Store. For resuming the download you will have to open up the Purchases section once again and then click on the same button that now it’s called Resume.
To update the apps you have bought, you’ll use the Mac App Store also so we recommend that at least once a week you open it in order to find out if there are any updates for the applications you have running on your computer. To do this, you simply have to click on the button called Updates which sits in the toolbar.