The land of software updates is an odd one. On one hand you love to get bug fixes and new features to your software, yet it’s such a pain to go through all of the hassles that go along with software updaters. Now, something easier has come along – it’s called AppFresh. AppFresh, in a nutshell is a mass software updater. It will scan your system for any applications, plugins, widgets, preference panes, and Apple system updates – really anything that might need to be updated.
You might be wondering how AppFresh does this. Well, it uses iUseThis AppCasts and will notify you of these updates by placing them in a sidebar category. Sidebar category.. what? Well the AppFresh interface is organized just like many other Mac OS X apps – including iTunes and the Finder. There are five main categories – Applications, By Kind, Vendors, iUseThis, and My Categories. Each of these five categories expand into subcategories, and so forth. The first section, “Applications”, is where the magic happens. Here, you will find all your apps and any updates you might need. Metaquark made it very simple to perform the updates, just simply hit the ‘Update” button at the top of the AppFresh window. To get a better picture of what I’m talking about, you should see the video review posted along with this review. Also included with AppFresh is growl support and iUseThis integration. Both features are fun, and make the program very well-rounded.
I only had a few bits of criticism. My main problem, was that while running the updates, App Fresh had a few questions. I was okay with this, and happily complied by answering them – yet AppFresh kept asking me over and over again, about the same things. Eventually, this cycle ended and the apps were updated – so no worries.
Keep in mind that AppFresh is in development, so don’t depend on it for your well-being, and be sure to have a working backup of your apps. I’d recommend a good Time Machine backup. AppFresh has come a long way since it’s beginnings almost a year ago, and I know I can’t wait to see version 1.0 finally hit the update feeds.
The bottom line is that if you’re looking to combine and streamline your updates, AppFresh is the way to go – especially it being free (at least while it’s under development).