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App of the Week: Appfresh

Amazingly I’ve only mentioned AppFresh once or twice on this blog, which is a shame as it’s a rather useful little program. Run it, and it’ll tell you which of your applications are out of date and need updating – and, it’ll even update them for you.
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Applications are sorted into ‘Up-to-date’, ‘Out of date’ and ‘Unknown’ – AppFresh can’t always get information about some programs. Much of its data comes from the i use this web site, but AppFresh also integrates with the Sparkle framework that an increasing number of programs now use to update themselves.
AppFresh will also manage your i use this account for you, and will even offer to install applications which you’ve said you use but haven’t yet installed – great when moving to a new machine. It will also check for Apple system updates as well as third-party applications.
Currently AppFresh is a developer preview, so while it’s free to download at the moment, it’s possible that a 1.0 release may carry a charge. And it’s always worth ensuring that you have adequate backups in case a program update goes awry. But I’ve been using AppFresh for over a year now without any major issues.

One Comment

  1. Wow, this is going to be really handy. Thanks. Oh, and I’m loving these app of the week posts by the way.