How to keep the software on your Mac up to date

From the AppFresh site:

AppFresh helps you to keep all applications (third-party and Apple), widgets, preference panes and application plugins on your Mac up to date, from one place. It works by checking the excellent iusethis.com for new versions and lets you download and install available updates easily.

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to get started using AppFresh.

  1. When you open AppFresh for the first time, you’ll be prompted with a few options. Because I want to have the final say on what software gets updated, I opted to remove the check from the Install applications if considered safe. But I did leave Enable automatic search for unknown applications checked. Click Next to continue.
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  3. Enter your user name or email address and password for the osx.iusethis.com service. If you don’t have one yet, select the Register new account (it’s a 100% free, spam-free and great service). Click Finish when you’re done.
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  5. AppFresh will now scan your Mac to see what’s installed.
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  7. Then it will check to see which version you have installed, and compare it to the latest version at osx.iusethis.com.
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  9. When the scan is done you’ll be presented with a list of all the software found on your Mac, and its current status – Up to date or new version available.
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  11. Select the Updates group and the list of your software that is out of date will be displayed. Select an item in the list you want to find out more info on, and it’s displayed (if available) in the bottom left corner of AppFresh.
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  13. If you want to download the update for just one program, select it and then click the Update button from the top menu.

    You’ll be asked if you want to download and install all of the available updates, or just the ones selected. Click Selected to download the one you highlighted.

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  15. Once the download has completed, click Reveal in Finder
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  17. And there’s the latest version of your software, all ready to install.
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