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Appcuity is the New, Better Appalicious

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In “Appalicious Makes the Mac App Store Useful,” 1 September 2011, I described ProVUE’s clever application Appalicious, which presents information from the Mac App Store far more helpfully, neatly, and completely than Apple’s own App Store application. Now, in response to threatened legal action, Appalicious has changed its name to Appcuity, and its Web site has been renamed (and helpfully reorganized). In addition, ProVUE has taken this opportunity to implement some feature improvements.

The Appcuity database now tracks Apple’s Top Charts rankings, based on download counts for free apps and gross sales for paid apps. App ranks are displayed as a column of numbers in the Appcuity main window, along with historical information such as the highest rank a given app has ever achieved, plus a more extended history in the app’s detail window, so you can see how an app changes rank over time.

Equally intriguing are changes to Appcuity’s pricing model. (Disclaimer: Some of these changes may have been implemented in response to my suggestions.)

  • Previously, if you didn’t purchase a subscription or extend your subscription through recommendations to a friend, Appalicious eventually stopped updating its data from the online master database. Now, Appcuity keeps working even without a subscription, updating itself from the master database once a week. At this level (called Appcuity Lite), some customization features and certain column and history displays are disabled. Thus, there is no serious reason why you shouldn’t try Appcuity and keep using it for as long as you like, for free; even at this Lite level, Appcuity will still be more informative than Apple’s App Store application.

  • In addition to one-year and two-year subscriptions, the paid version of Appcuity (now termed Appcuity Pro) is now available through a one-time permanent license payment of $21.99, in effect bypassing the subscription model altogether.

ProVUE requests that existing Appalicious users download Appcuity promptly, as the online database will soon cease accepting data update requests from copies of Appalicious. The switch to Appcuity is completely transparent; your Appalicious subscription is turned into an Appcuity subscription automatically, behind the scenes. I downloaded Appcuity and launched it, whereupon it immediately displayed my existing Appalicious data and then updated that data based on my existing subscription, just as if Appcuity and Appalicious were the same application; since this was the same machine, I didn’t even need to re-enter my license information.

Appcuity is a 27.6 MB download. It requires a Mac that can access the Mac App Store (meaning Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later). New users automatically experience Appcuity as Appcuity Pro for a week; after that, it becomes Appcuity Lite unless you buy a Pro subscription or get a friend to try Appcuity.

 

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Comments about Appcuity is the New, Better Appalicious

Jim Rea  2011-11-14 21:58
I'm the developer of Appcuity, so let me clear up one point mentioned above. The rank information actually comes from Apple - you can view the top 180 current rankings in the regular Mac App Store. We've been using an Apple RSS feed to track the top 250 apps each day since mid June. Compared the the App Store, Appcuity allows you to search or select based on rankings, and to observe as ranking changes over time.

Matt mentions that only 500 apps are ranked -- that's actually today's top 250 free apps and top 250 paid apps. That 500 number will not grow -- it will always be today's top 500. What will grow over time is the number of apps that have a peak ranking, which is another column available in Appcuity. As of today there are over 1,700 apps that have a peak ranking, in other words, at some point since mid June they have been in the top 250. This means Appcuity can not only tell you what is popular today, but what has been popular in the past (and when).
Ron Manke  2011-11-15 17:05
Thanks for the clarification. I'm looking forward to trying this out, and hope that an iOS app store version is coming soon...
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-11-28 15:44
Tweaked... thanks, Jim!
How about doing this for the iOS app store. I'd buy that like a shot
Anthony Wight  2011-11-29 08:57
Actually, Appcuity 1.1 runs just fine under Mac OS 10.5.8. Of course to get hold of any desired app from the Appstore I would first have to upgrade to at least 10.6.x