And yet another chart, this time with the growth of the overall number of apps for each Mac App Store category. The chart below shows the percentage growth of the number of paid and unpaid apps tagged with a specific category between August 24 and September 27 for the US Mac App Store. The overall number of tags is now 14.697, up from 13.383. The overall number of apps in the Mac App Store should therefore now be around 7.349, up from around 6.691, this is a overall plus of 658 or 9.8 % compared to the number of apps four weeks ago. This is quite in line with SplatF’s data where a 20 % growth between July 13 and September 20 was reported.
Four weeks ago I prepared a short statistics on the success of the 21 app categories in the Mac App Store. Today, I visited the store again and compared the number of apps of each category in the US paid apps top 180 list with the number of four weeks ago:
The days get shorter, the nights longer, and people retreat to the fireplace reading books. Publishers have announced quite a number of forthcoming Mac OS X programming titles for autumn and winter. Such announcements don‘t mean that titles are actually published on time, or are published at all, but we can at least look forward to reading them.
It is said that from November 2011 on all apps on the Mac App Store will have to implement Application Sandboxing. Basically, this mean that an app will run inside its private little sandbox and has only limited access to the world outside the sandbox (see this Apple documentation for more details). While it needs only one click in Xcode to turn on sandboxing for an app, I expect the effects of mandatory app sandboxing on the Mac App Store ecosystem to be quite measurable.
Recently I needed to take a picture of the entire content of a huge scroll view, i.e. a view inside an application of which only a small part was visible on the screen. I was suprised that most available screenshot software couldn‘t do that but would only capture the whole screen, a part of the screen or a window visible on the screen.