Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the App Store to get new applications, part of Mac OS X Mavericks Essential Training.
At some point sooner or later, you're going to need to add more software to your computer. Putting a new program on your computer is known as installing. The easiest way to do this is to use the App Store that's built into OS X. Now don't let the name mislead you. This is a store where you can buy new software, but there's also lots of free applications there as well. So let's start by launching the App Store. Now, I've got it here in my dock, but I could also launch it from Launchpad or the Applications folder. And, of course, I want to make sure that I'm signed into the store, so I'm going to go into the Store menu, and I'm already signed in with my Apple ID account.
If I wasn't signed in, there would be an option here to sign in. So you'll see this works a lot like the iTunes store. Up at the top there are sections that I can browse through, right now we're in the Featured section. There are the top charts, different categories and so on. As I'm browsing through these categories, if I see an application that looks interesting, I can always click on that application. And I get more information about it. Now in this case, this is a free app. So it says free right here. If this were an app that I had to buy, I would see the price and I could click on it.
So let's say I want to install Evernote, it's a free application so I might as well. I just click on that button it changes to Install App and I'll click there and you'll see a little animation where the application goes down into Launchpad and I can see this little blue bar building on the Launchpad icon and when it's finished I know that that application is installed. Also in the App Store I an see here it says installed. Where the Install button used to be. And now I can just go to Launchpad and I can see that new application is here inside of Launchpad.
Of course, I can click here to launch it, and I can do whatever I'm going to do with that application. Now, this isn't a course on Evernote, so for now, I'm just going to quit Evernote and we'll go back to the App Store. Now we found Evernote by just browsing through different categories. But of'course you can also search for specific applications. So I'm going to go up to the search bar up in the top right, and I'm going to type in the name of an application I want. Let's find a game. Angry birds is pretty popular, so I will do a search for that, and there are a bunch of different versions of Angry Birds.
I'll choose the classic original game, I'll just click on that. This is not a free app, it's an application that I would have to pay for. So, the Install button has the price on it. In this case it's 499. So, I will go and do that, I will but this app so I will click on that. And now instead of simply saying install, it says Buy App. So I'll click on that. And it's going to charge the credit card that I have on file with my Apple ID, it's going to purchase this application, and install it to my system. Once that's finished, of course it says installed here, and I can go to Launchpad, and I can see Angry Birds is here in Launchpad.
And I can click on that, to open it up. So, see, Angry Birds automatically opens up in to the full screen mode, but we don't want to play the game right now, so I'm just going to quit. I'll move my mouse up to the top of the screen, and quit. Now I'm going to quit the App Store and I want to show you one last thing. Once you have an application installed from the App Store, you can feel free to delete that application any time you want. So I'm going to go into Finder, I'm going to go into the Applications menu, and I'm going to find Angry Birds. To remove this game from my system entirely, all I would need to do is drag it to the trash can to delete it.
And because this is an application I have to type in my administrator password in order to delete it, and that's fine, I'll click OK. And now this application is in the trash. I'm going to right-click on Trash and hit Empty trash. So now that game is gone from my system completely. That's really all you need to do to remove an application installed by the Apps Store. But this gives us an opportunity to see something pretty cool about the App Store. I'm going to go back in and I'm going to search for Angry Birds again.
I don't have this program installed on my system because I just deleted it. But I have purchased it. I have paid money for it, and the App Store keeps a record of that. So if I want to download this application again. I can just hit this button to say install. You see it does not have the price listed, because I've already paid for it. So, I can just hit Install here. And it'll automatically install that app all over again. Now, keep in mind the App Store is not the only way to install new software. In fact, the App Store does not have every application that you might look for.
You might have to install software from CD or download and install it from the web to install something. We'll look at those options later in this chapter. But for now, we've seen everything you need to know to install applications from the built-in App Store in OS X.
- Installing and running Mavericks for the first time
- Connecting to the Internet
- Browsing through folders in the Finder
- Launching and managing applications
- Saving and searching for files
- Setting up iCloud and Apple ID accounts
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Using Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
- Messaging with iChat and Facetime
- Installing apps
- Sharing files and printer over a local network
- Backing up your Mac