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Over the last few years, the Mac App Store has turned out to be a far less overwhelming presence than we originally thought it might become. It was not, in fact, an Armageddon for traditional Mac developers.
I even thought the Mac App Store might inspire others (say, Microsoft) to develop their own app stores, which I said gave me "the willies". And, in fact, Microsoft has created its own app store for the Metro (what they call the Windows Store Interface) side of Windows 8 and 8.1. Since there's been so little adoption of Metro apps, and the Windows ecosystem is churning along with regular desktop apps, that threat has not manifested itself, pretty much at all. Yay, that.
Ever since I started using my monster 4-screen iMac, I've been loading and buying Mac applications and utilities to augment my Windows applications that I use in Parallels Coherence mode. 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. In that context, here are 10 great apps I've found that are just too powerful for the sandboxing limitations of the Mac App Store
While there are a ton of keyboard macro programs on Windows, I've found that I really groove on the Mac's Keyboard Maestro program, written by Peter Lewis down under in Perth Australia. While it's interactive-based programming language is certainly a bit funky, I like funky languages. More to the point, for almost every occasion when I've thought, "Gee I wish I could make this darned machine do xxx," I could use Keyboard Maestro to do it.