Apple has declared the launch of its Mac App Store with more than 1,000 free and paid applications. Announced in October 2010, the Mac App Store is an attempt to bring the massively successful App Store model from iOS to the desktop, including one-click downloads, free and paid apps, and automatic updates.
The store lets users browse through new and hot apps, staff favorites and top charts to find the best apps available. App categories include education, games, graphics and design, lifestyle, productivity, utilities and others.
With more than 1,000 apps, the Mac App Store is off to a great start,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.”
“We’re delighted to bring our professional-grade paint and drawing app, Autodesk SketchBook Pro, to the Mac App Store on its first day of launch,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO. “We’ve seen tremendous success on the Mac, iPhone and iPad with multiple apps. We’re excited to offer SketchBook Pro on the Mac App Store so artists can easily create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork right on their Macs.”
You can check out the store either by downloading the latest Mac OS X update (v10.6.6) or by visiting apple.com/mac/app-store. Developers interested in creating apps for the Mac App Store can go to developer.apple.com/programs/mac for more info.