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How do you keep track of the latest versions for all your installed Mac software? Apple’s built-in Software Update helps keep software like iTunes and Mac OS X updated. Adobe and Microsoft have built-in tools to check for updates of Creative Suite and MS Office. But what about the rest of your assorted software?

That’s where AppFresh comes in quite handy. AppFresh is a free new utility that helps keep all applications on your Mac up to date by checking the internet for new releases.


The current version is a work-in-progress, and the interface is not entirely intuitive. But for designers who like to collect a wide variety of applications and utilities, this provides an easy way to keep updated on the latest versions.

Note: While AppFresh will list most updates for your installed software, it still takes some judgment to know what updates should actually be installed.

Source: This tip inspired by the challenge of keeping our clients’ computers updated. Many of our clients schedule regular monthly maintenance visits to keep their computers fit and healthy. One item on our Mac Maintenance Checklist (published back in QuickTips #105) is updating software as needed.

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