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How to Download & Install Pixelmator Classic on Mac

Jun 24, 2023 - 4 Comments
Run Pixelmator Classic in MacOS Sonoma on an M2 Mac, if you want

Pixelmator is arguably the best photo and image editing app for Mac, other than the much more expensive Photoshop anyway. If you bought Pixelmator Classic some time ago, and you haven’t yet went for the upgrade to Pixelmator Pro (or perhaps you don’t need the new features), then you may be interested in downloading and … Read More

Mac App Store “An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be made.”

Nov 12, 2021 - 1 Comment
Mac App Store SSL Error

Some Mac users are finding an App Store error when attempting to download apps or update apps from the Mac App Store. The error message says: “We could not complete your purchase. An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be made.”

How to Install & Run iPhone or iPad Apps on Mac (Apple Silicon M1)

Jan 14, 2021 - 1 Comment
How to run iPhone and iPad apps on Mac

If you have an Apple Silicon Mac, you can install and run iPhone and iPad apps directly on the Mac. Yes that means the iOS and iPadOS App Library is available to run on the Mac now, assuming you have hardware to support it. The new Apple Silicon Macs have the ability to not only … Read More

How to Manage Subscriptions on Mac

Dec 18, 2020 - 5 Comments
How to Manage Subscriptions on Mac

Do you want to keep an eye on all the apps and services you’ve subscribed to? Maybe you want to know the renewal dates, cancel a subscription to an app, or change the subscription plan to a different one? If you use a Mac, you’ll be pleased to know that Apple allows you to manage … Read More

How to Play Apple Arcade Games on a Mac

Apr 5, 2020 - 2 Comments
Use a Playstation 3 Controller with a Mac

The arrival of Apple Arcade last year was something that we’d been looking forward to – and was rumored – for a long time. Now it’s here, and you can play games on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And it’s the last one we’re going to cover today, so if you’ve been wondering how to play … Read More

How to Automatically Update Apps in MacOS Catalina & Mojave

May 30, 2019 - Leave a Comment
How to automatically update Mac App Store apps in MacOS

If you would like a Mac to automatically update apps from the Mac App Store, you can easily do so in MacOS Mojave 10.14 or newer. This can be a helpful setting to use if you like to keep your Mac apps up to date, but you regularly forget to update them manually, or if … Read More

How to Update All Apps from the Mac App Store, Concurrently

Dec 20, 2018 - 2 Comments
How to update all apps from Mac App Store

Rather than updating apps individually, Mac users can wield a convenient feature of the App Store that initiates a bulk software update to every app installed from the Mac App Store, all with a single click. This makes the process of installing available software updates for Mac apps a bit easier and quicker, since there’s … Read More

How to Disable Video Autoplay in Mac App Store

Dec 15, 2018 - 6 Comments
Disable video autoplay in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store defaults to auto-playing videos, but if you’re not a fan of autoplaying video let alone in the Mac App Store, you can disable that capability. When you turn off video autoplay in the Mac App Store, the videos accompanying apps will still exist, but they must be played manually.

How to Check Size of App Updates in the Mac App Store

Nov 30, 2018 - 3 Comments
Use the App Store

Want to see the size of an app update that is available in the Mac App Store? Some Mac users may be interested in knowing the size of an available app software update before starting to download or install the app update, but the App Store in MacOS Mojave doesn’t openly display the size of … Read More

How to Download MacOS High Sierra from MacOS Mojave

Oct 21, 2018 - 24 Comments
Download MacOS High Sierra from Mojave

If you’re currently running macOS Mojave, you can re-download a macOS High Sierra installer for whatever reason to macOS Mojave. Re-downloading older versions of macOS system software can be desirable for a variety of reasons, and in this case getting the older High Sierra release is most often to create a macOS High Sierra USB … Read More

How to Hide MacOS Sierra Update Banner from the Mac App Store

Nov 15, 2016 - 12 Comments

Don’t want to update to macOS Sierra quite yet? You’ve likely noticed when you open the Mac App Store and visit the Updates tab, if you’re on a Sierra compatible Mac you will see a very large MacOS Sierra update banner, soliciting you to update and install the latest Mac system software update. It’s impossible … Read More

View Status of App Store Downloads from Mac Launchpad & Dock

Nov 11, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Viewing the download status of an App Store app in Launchpad on Mac

Ever wondered what the status is of a large app download coming from the Mac App Store, but you don’t want to check the progress through the Mac App Store itself? Just refer to Launchpad in the Dock of Mac OS X instead, you don’t even need to have the App Store open to see … Read More

Clear Mac App Store Temp Cache to Fix Some Download Issues

Oct 8, 2016 - 6 Comments
The Mac App Store cache temp data folder

Rarely, the Mac App Store may report erroneous app download statuses or even offer a malformed file leading to an app that doesn’t launch or is partially downloaded. These situations are almost always the result of an interrupted or corrupted download, but can occur in some other scenarios as well. Sometimes simply deleting the app … Read More

Mac Apps Not Opening? Apps Crashing on Launch? Fix Error 173 with OS X App Store Apps

Feb 29, 2016 - 14 Comments
App Store icon

Over the last few weeks, many Mac users have discovered that attempting to launch some apps obtained from the Mac App Store fails, with the apps immediately crashing and thereby failing to open in Mac OS X. Typically you’ll see the app icon appear for a fraction of a second in the Dock, then disappear. … Read More

Save the Mac App Store Password for Free Downloads in Mac OS X

Jan 27, 2016 - 19 Comments
Save password for free app store downloads in Mac OS X

Having to constantly enter the Apple ID password to download free apps from the Mac App Store is kind of annoying, but thanks to a new settings option you can stop the authentication requirement for free apps while still maintaining it for paid app downloads and for in-app purchases in Mac OS X.

Fix “App is Damaged Can’t Be Opened” Error Messages in Mac OS X

Nov 12, 2015 - 34 Comments
App damaged error message fix

Some Mac users have discovered they are unable to open some applications downloaded from the Mac App Store. When attempting to open an impacted app in Mac OS, a message stating “ is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete and download it again from the App Store.” Another variation is a pop-up window appearing … Read More

How to Hide OS X El Capitan from Mac App Store

Oct 2, 2015 - 46 Comments
The OS X El Capitan Installer

Not all Mac users want to update to OS X El Capitan, and if you’re in the group who wants to stay put with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite*, Mountain Lion, or even Snow Leopard on their Mac, that’s perfectly OK*, you probably have a reason to stay with the earlier Mac OS X releases. But, … Read More

Fix Frozen App Store Updates and High softwareupdated CPU in OS X

Jul 1, 2015 - 115 Comments
Stuck App Store frozen Updates tab

Some users who are trying to install OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or iTunes 12.2 have discovered the Mac App Store will freeze, with an endless spinning wait cursor and the updates never showing up. Investigating further reveals that a process called ‘softwareupdated’ simultaneously goes haywire and consumes 99% CPU for an indeterminate amount of time … Read More

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