Apple’s requirement for apps to be ‘sandboxed’ limits their power. David Gewirtz has a list of Mac apps that are just too powerful for Apple.
One thing I’ve noticed is that many of the more interesting and useful apps (from my perspective as a power user/tinkerer) are not available via the Mac App Store or are available only as reduced capability versions.
The reason for this is that the Mac App Store requires apps to limit certain functionality, to avoid mucking with certain low-level aspects of system functioning. For Mac Muggles, this is a great security feature, but for a techie, it’s just frustrating.
- Keyboard Maestro
- Audio Hijack Pro
- Parallels Desktop
- Coda 2.5
- Paragon NTFS
Not one app on the list is a typical app by the average Mac user, Apple’s obvious target for the Mac App Store.