Your computer has that “not so fresh” feeling? Get AppFresh or TechTracker to update all your apps!

AppFresh is a great app for the Mac which scans through your whole computer, checking to see if all of your apps are up to date. It checks them against the iUseThis database to let you know how many other people are also using your favorite apps. All you do is press the “Update All” button and AppFresh will get to work downloading all the updates from all the disparate software vendors who make your apps. If you’re like me, you have lots of freeware, open source, and shareware apps made by obscure mom & pop vendors. No problem! AppFresh hunts them down from the furthest corners of the globe.

The bad new is that AppFresh is Mac only. Fortunately, the wonderful people over at CNET have developed the cross platform (Mac/PC) TechTracker. Although I have not test this software (yet) I have seen it demonstrated at MacWorld and it looks at least as solid and easy to use as AppFresh. I have a very high opinion of CNET due to their great podcasts, so I expect that TechTracker is a worthy adversary to AppFresh. Have you used either app? Got a better one? Discuss it in the comments!

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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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