Apple's Mac App Store offers Apple product users a wide selection of programs, applications and utilities for enhancing their computing experience. From software for music and graphics editing to programs and utilities for computer maintenance and management, the App Store has offerings for every level of end user.
Not only does the App store offer solutions for the Macintosh computer user, but also it assists developers in designing and coding software for use on all of Apple's electronic products. Additionally, software developers receive assistance on future products and systems. Currently Apple is offering support for the upcoming Lion operating system and for iCloud, the Apple online storage solution.
Several mainstream software developers design programs for the Mac computer. The search function and sidebar navigation direct you toward applications that fit your needs. For example, type 'speed up my Mac' into the search box and various types of computer maintenance products are displayed. You can also search for emergency data recovery software to retrieve files that are inaccessible due to logical drive failure or file corruption.
There is one caveat that may limit the scope of some types of software. Apple has strict rules concerning applications that deal with hard drive management, 'drive recovery and other, similar products. In short, these programs cannot alter important system files, make modifications directly to the main boot drive and will only be capable of working with files that belong to the current, logged on user.
While these restrictions serve to protect the casual or novice user from accidentally damaging important system files, it does limit the power user or expert user in making modifications that may be desired. To that end, many commercial software developers have developed stripped down or light versions of their computer management and maintenance programs. While these light versions are fully functional and have features that will benefit Mac users of all levels of expertise, they also give the more experienced user a taste of what the full version program has to offer. In this way, the purchaser can decide if the full program contains additional features that would suit their needs.
Because of this, many conscientious vendors make upgrading to the full version a simple and inexpensive undertaking. Often upgrades are possible from within the light version itself and often the cost of upgrading is merely the difference between the two versions. Enhanced or full version software contains options that are more advanced. This may include the possibility of creating boot disks for system recovery in hard disk data recovery programs.
Of course, computer software is not all that is offered at the App Store. Enhancements for your iPod, iPad, and other electronics are also available. Additionally, advance information indicates that the App Store will be integrated into the upcoming Lion OS, allowing users quicker access to the online store.