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Dec 02, 2008. Nov 12, 2019. Mac applications make the world go around! And although Mavericks gets much of the glory for its elegant design and power, you can’t really do much, productivity-wise, from your Desktop without a snappy application. Read on to get acquainted with ten iMac applications you can’t do without. Even if you don’t use one or two.

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Learn how the Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find, and how Developer ID and notarization make it safer for users to install apps that you distribute yourself.

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The Mac App Store makes it simple for customers to discover, purchase, and download your apps, and easily keep them updated. The Mac App Store on macOS Mojave and later offers editorial content that inspires and informs. Organized around the specific things customers love to do on Mac, along with insightful stories, curated collections, and videos, the Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find.

Outside the Mac App Store

While the Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, you may choose to distribute your Mac apps in other ways. Gatekeeper on macOS helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software by checking for a Developer ID certificate. Make sure to test your apps with the macOS 10.15 SDK and sign your apps, plug-ins, or installer packages to let Gatekeeper know they’re safe to install.

You can also give users even more confidence in your apps by submitting them to Apple to be notarized.

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The Mac logo is designed to easily identify software products and hardware peripherals developed to run on macOS and take advantage of its advanced features.

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Mac App StoreOutside Mac App Store
App DistributionHosted by AppleManaged by developer
(with Developer ID)
Software UpdatesHosted by AppleManaged by developer
Worldwide Payment ProcessingManaged by AppleManaged by developer
Volume Purchasing and Education PricingManaged by AppleManaged by developer
Advanced App Capabilities (iCloud Storage and Push Notifications)AvailableAvailable
App Store Services (In-App Purchase and Game Center)AvailableNot Available
64-BitRequiredRecommended
App SandboxingRequiredRecommended