MacUpdater History:


1.5.0 (1 Dec 2019):

• IMPORTANT: The minimum system requirements have been raised to macOS 10.13

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• Added advanced filter options for displayed apps, e.g. hide all major upgrades

• Added ability to sort apps by any column, including the 'update type'

• Added options to show release dates of all updates directly in the app table

• Added options to ignore updates just for a specified time ('snooze')

• Added option to display an animated scan-arrow instead of the static arrow

• Added new all-new dialoge for management of all your ignored updates

• Added options to set reminders for clearing ignored apps and updates

• Added helping animation to explain that app-info buttons can be clicked

• Added ability to resize MacUpdater's window in width in addition to height

• Added option to skip scheduled scan when the Mac is on battery power

• Added options to change the fonts being used in the app-list

• Added options to change the red & green colors used in the app-list

• Added keyboard shortcuts for all possible operations, see 'Read Me' for details

• Added option to recover a lost license-code from the Documentation tab

• Added option to 'activate' with an existing license-code from the Documentation tab

• Added workaround to a bug in macOS 10.15 'Catalina' where the window would 'blink'

• Added workaround to a bug in macOS where the menubar would not be clickable

• Added option for the threshold after how many days scans are started immediately

• Display the current size of the backup folders contents in the preferences

• Display ignored apps and folders that don't exist anymore with red text color

• Display more information about apps and updates in the app-info window

• Fixed issue with updating apps that update themselves at the same time

• Fixed issue where some rare apps would not show the correct 'Latest Version'

• Fixed issue where the window would reset to its default height

• Fixed issue with VoiceOver and Accessibility support


1.4.18 (10 Oct 2019):

• Fixed possible crashes when activating your license on macOS 'Catalina' 10.15

• Fixed need to re-enter license key upon update to macOS 'Catalina' 10.15

• Fixed issue where failed updates would not properly update the menu icon

• Fixed issue where failed updates would not be saved upon quitting

• Improved cleanup after updating apps from APFS-formatted disk images


1.4.17 (23 Aug 2019):

• MacUpdater is now localized into French thanks to Corentin Cras-Méneur

• MacUpdater will now check free disk space before applying updates

• Add hidden option to define used colors to aid color-blind users (see ReadMe)

• Fix problem where MacUpdater would scan twice when used for the very first time

• Improve reliability and stability in some corner-cases


1.4.16 (02 Aug 2019):

• MacUpdater will now show the app icon in the update progress display sheet

• Implement workarounds for bugs in macOS 10.15 beta versions

• Implement more reliable algorithm to find updates in DMG/ZIP archives

• Improve reliability and stability in some corner-cases


1.4.15 (07 Jul 2019):

• Detect when the macOS 'Quarantine' could prevent MacUpdater from updating itself

• Improved reliability and performance in some cases

• Fix 'hang' after trying to decompress rare ZIP files like from 'Signal'

• Prevent possible problems with 'Version Expired' dialoge forcing a 'Quit'


1.4.14 (26 Jun 2019):

• IMPORTANT: fixed bug in v1.4.13 where major upgrades could result in broken apps

• Fixed problem where MacUpdater could Quit with an 'Expired Copy' immediately


1.4.13 (24 Jun 2019):

• MacUpdater can now directly display the release-notes of many more apps

• Fixed problem where tryout-info could show up for a split-second in licensed copies

• Fixed problem where update-check dialog could show up when opening MacUpdater's window

• Fixed rare issue where MacUpdater could send 'scan deferred' notifications every second

• Fixed rare issue on older macOS where available updates would not be shown

• Fixed rare issue on older macOS where 'Update App' would be shown without functionality

• Fixed multiple minor localisation issues

• Improved stability and reliability in some corner cases


1.4.12 (12 Jun 2019):

• Added preliminary support for macOS 10.15 'Catalina'

• Made aborting scans more reliable and also accessible through a menu-item

• Changed keyboard shortcut for aborting scans to Command-Escape

• Updated the Brazilian Portuguese translation thanks to 'BR Lingo'

• Fixed rare problem when updating apps with broken permissions through admin authorization

• Fixed an extremely rare crash


1.4.11 (31 May 2019):

• Improved reliability and app support

• Fixed possible problem where apps would have '.app' suffix in MacUpdater

• Fixed very rare issue where some apps would be hidden in MacUpdater

• Improved security through encrypted config-file

• Updated the Russian translation thanks to Куклин Юрий


1.4.10 (19 May 2019):

• Improved stability and reliability

• Improved the German translation

• Fixed a problem where some apps could mistakenly be detected as '32-bit'

• Fixed a problem where you couldn't use MacUpdater if you previously tried a 'pirated' copy

• Fixed a problem where MacUpdater's keyboard shortcuts would not work anymore

• Fixed a very rare crash while scanning damaged apps

• Fixed a possible issue where 'Setapp' apps would not be properly ignored

• Updated the Spanish translation thanks to Álvaro Méndez Macías


1.4.9 (04 May 2019):

• Support Mac App Store apps which have different version numbers in the store and in the app

• Support Mac App Store apps which are not actually available in the Mac App Store anymore

• Improved reliability obtaining update information especially with bad internet connections

• Apps will be automatically rescanned after launching a dedicated updater-app (e.g. Adobe)

• Displayed app-names should now always match the names that the Finder is displaying

• Fixed issue where some release-notes would not show up in the app-info window

• Fixed issue where some info in the app-info window would not have the right colors

• Fixed issue where some installed apps would not show up in MacUpdater

• Fixed a very very rare crash during scan

• Updated the Brazilian Portuguese translation thanks to 'BR Lingo'

• Added link to the used version information source in the app-info window

• MacUpdater is now partly localized into German


1.4.8 (31 Mar 2019):

• Improved stability and reliability

• Improved support for 'Dark Mode' even in the app-info window and the documentation

• Improved reliability of the automatic rescanning for installers and manual updates

• Fixed issue where running apps would need to be quit twice to be updated

• Fixed issue where window height would be reset when switching to the settings-tab

• Fixed issue where 'even newer version' message would prevent updating apps

• Increased compatibility with rare old apps with broken file encodings


1.4.7 (20 Mar 2019):

• Improved stability

• Added option to show a Dock icon additionally when the window is open

• Added option to enable scheduled scan although the window is open

• On-screen notification settings can now be configured in detail


1.4.6 (15 Mar 2019):

• Improved stability and reliability

• Add option to make 'Ignore this update' for DB-supported apps work similar to others

• Fixed new problem where app homepages won't be opened (since 1.4.5)

• Properly handle more updates than fit onto the screen in the menu

• Updated the Spanish translation thanks to Álvaro Méndez Macías

• MacUpdater can now explain for more apps why they are not displayed on drag&drop


1.4.5 (17 Feb 2019):

• Add options to open the app-info or re-scan apps with a double-click

• Further improved detection of the system requirements of apps

• Improved ability to mark paid upgrades when major version did not change

• Improved support for scanning a number of problematic apps

• Improved support for updating a number of problematic apps

• Fixed a new issue with bringing installers to the foreground

• Fixed issue where wrong info could be displayed for some apps on the first scan

• Fixed issue where backups of update downloads would have no file extension

• Fixed issue where a wrong explanation would be displayed in the app-info sheet

• Fixed multiple issues due to macOS returning cached data for network requests

• Updated the Russian translation thanks to Куклин Юрий


1.4.4 (29 Jan 2019):

• Provide support for 'Microsoft Teams' despite its broken version numbering

• Fixed issue where text in the status menu would not adapt to changed filter settings

• Fixed issue where installers would not be brought to the foreground

• Fixed rare crash after scanning

• Fixed rare issue where some apps would fail to be updated automatically

• Fixed rare issue where an incorrect number of outdated apps would be reported

• Fixed rare issue where MacUpdater would update an app to the same version

• Fixed rare issue where the 'Cancel Update' button would be invisible

• Fixed rare issue where 'ERROR' would be displayed as 'Installed Version'

• More reliable detection of the system requirements of apps


1.4.3 (21 Jan 2019):

• The app-info icon is now red if an app has moved out of or into the Mac App Store

• You can now find out why an app is not supported by dragging it onto the app-list

• Adding apps via drag&drop will now show an explanatory alert on failure

• Fixed issue where explanation about store-changes could be missing from app-info

• Fixed problem where automatic updates would not be available in some cases

• Fixed typos and improved spelling & grammar in the app and the documentation

• Fixed extremely rare crash while trying to update MacUpdater

• Improved error messages in some cases to be more helpful

• Improved support for hiding updates that are incompatible with the current OS

• Improved accuracy of the 'Latest Version' of apps that had no stable release yet

• Improved accuracy of the 'Latest Version' of apps with some very rare problems

• MacUpdater is now able to bring update-installers to the foreground

• Completed the Russian translation thanks to Куклин Юрий

• Updated the Brazilian Portuguese translation thanks to 'BR Lingo'


1.4.2 (05 Jan 2019):

• Prevent update failures due to the Mac going to sleep during an update

• MacUpdater is now localized into Russian thanks to Куклин Юрий

• MacUpdater is now localized into Dutch thanks to Sander Goudswaard

• Added option to launch the 'Bresink Auto Updater'

• Improved names of backups of downloaded updates in some cases

• Fixed multiple issues where update-installers would not be launched

• Fixed issue where an error updating an app could cause queued updates to fail too

• Fixed issue where an incorrect 'Latest Version' would be displayed

• Fixed a rare crash when downloading apps with damaged URLs

• Fixed problem where keyboard shortcuts would not work in app-info and feedback sheets

• Fixed 'Latest Version' display for Adobe Illustrator and InDesign

• Prevent the possibility of an infinite loop when loading a damaged config-file

• Reversed direction of disclosure buttons to the intended direction


1.4.1 (19 Dec 2018):

• Fixed possible crash when trying to upgrade apps with multiple installations

• Fixe rare crash when apps with missing information are installed


1.4.0 (18 Dec 2018):

• MacUpdater now has a queue so you can update multiple apps at once!

• Updates that are in-progress can now be cancelled

• You can now increase the height of MacUpdater's window to see more apps at once

• Most of the internals of MacUpdater have been rewritten for more accuracy and speed

• Show correct 'Latest Version' if your installed version is even newer (e.g. a beta)

• There are now keyboard shortcuts for all app-actions like 'Show App in Finder'

• Add option to configure the folders used for safety backups of apps or updates

• Add option to badge 'Mac App Store', '32-bit' and 'Discontinued' apps in the list

• Add option to control whether apps should be renamed during an update

• Add option to define what should happen when double-clicking an app in the list

• Add option to control whether MacUpdater should 'throttle' its scanning

• Add option to keep a specific number of backups per-app instead of in-total

• Add the ability to support apps that have not contained version numbers but now do

• MacUpdater is now fully localized into Brazilian Portuguese thanks to 'BR Lingo'

• MacUpdater is now fully localized into Spanish thanks to Álvaro Méndez Macías

• Correctly update apps like 'Thunderbird'/'OpenOffice' with localized download versions

• Improved cleanup of downloaded installer updates

• Fixed clipped 'Update App' buttons when scrollbars are set to be 'Always Visible'

• MacUpdater now changes its menubar icon while it is scanning

• Fixed problem where MacUpdater would launch the Uninstaller instead of the Installer

• Fixed problem where an installer would be launched twice

• Add hidden option (see ReadMe) not to show on-screen notifications when in front

• Fixed possible delay when trying to 'Report App Feedback'


1.3.10 (25 Nov 2018):

• IMPORTANT: fix bugs related to the scheduled scan


1.3.9 (24 Nov 2018):

• IMPORTANT: fix bug where scheduled scan would not be performed

• Improved support for a few apps


1.3.8 (13 Nov 2018):

• MacUpdater is now 'notarized' for increased security on 'Mojave'

• Add support for updating apps that would previously fail due to double-compression

• Fixed very rare crash when scanning some apps with broken version information

• Improved performance of scanning installed applications

• Reduced CPU-usage for scans performed in the background

• Show app-path in a tooltip when placing mouse above the app-name

• Don't offer 'Open app homepage' choice when no homepage is available

• Don't show 'All apps up-to-date' when they are just hidden due to a search-filter

• Don't perform a scheduled scan after each launch but use selected interval

• Fixed rare problem updating some apps


1.3.7 (07 Nov 2018):

• Added new FAQ entry about whether MacUpdater will re-name apps upon update

• The ReadMe has been expanded with more info about ignoring apps and updates

• When upgrading an app, use the filename of the new update and not of the old version

• When launching an installer, make sure it is brought to the foreground

• Show correct 'Latest Version' even for mislabeled versions with higher version numbers

• Fixed problem where some apps could not be updated but would show a 'download error'

• Show info in app-info-window when an app is installed multiple times

• Don't bring MacUpdater to the 'foreground' when updating an app has finished

• Prevent a rare possible crash due to system bugs in systems older than Mojave

• Prevent an extremely rare possible crash due to operating system bugs

• Fixed inability correctly show download sizes for updates larger than 2GB

• Fixed rare problem receiving from or submitting to the MacUpdater database

• Added new FAQ entry about the maximum possible manual re-scan frequency


1.3.6 (19 Oct 2018):

• Added possibility to open the homepage of many more apps

• If release-notes are unavailable, offer to view the homepage for convenience

• Fixed possible crash during the purchase of MacUpdater

• Fixed possible crash during the self-update of MacUpdater

• Fixed problem where homepage URL in app info-window cannot be clicked

• Scan the ~/Applications/ folder by default - can be turned off in the settings


1.3.5 (09 Oct 2018):

• Fixed issue where MacUpdater could not be used for free anymore

• Fixed issue where 'Mac App Store' updates could show up delayed

• Improved usability for free users by not opening the purchase window each start

• Improved stability while performing some updates

• Improved reliability for launching some 'Update Installers'

• Improved the explanations for updates that moved in, into or out of the Mac App Store

• Improved support for hiding updates that are incompatible with the current OS version

• Release notes of apps will now be displayed in the correct language (if available)

• Fixed cosmetic problems in 'Dark Mode'


1.3.4 (26 Sep 2018):

• Fixed issue where MacUpdater would not start scanning on the first launch

• Added explanation regarding the 'Microsoft Office 16.17' update

• Added full support for macOS 10.14 'Mojave' and the 'Dark Mode'

• Improved support for displaying correct version numbers for some apps

• Improved support for hiding updates that are incompatible with the current OS version

• Fixed multiple issues where it was impossible to send feedback for some apps

• Improved display of release notes of some apps


1.3.3 (04 Sep 2018):

• Fixed issue where updates could be missed due to caching by the operating system

• Add option to auto-relaunch apps that have been 'Quit' in order to apply the update

• Made 'Upgrades' easier distinguishable from normal 'Updates' through bold font

• If notifications are enabled, show a notification when scanning has finished

• Display info when launching installers for apps that are installed multiple times

• Reworded on-screen notifications so that they'll fit even when using the 'Alert' style

• Add the ability to detect the actual 'Norton Security' version despite its broken updater

• Fixed a problem where some URLs from the app-info would not be clickable for some apps

• Fixed issue where feedback that an update should be ignored couldn't be sent

• The folders-lists in the settings are middle-truncated now to differentiate long items


1.3.2 (23 Aug 2018):

• Improved support for some apps

• Prevent display of wrong version numbers due to temporary network or server failures

• Show 'app has been updated' dialog only as notification that doesn't need dismissal

• Re-scanning apps that have been uninstalled will now remove them from MacUpdater

• Improved feedback submission for apps with multiple installations or ignored updates


1.3.1 (09 Aug 2018):

• Improved support for some apps

• Fixed possible crash on older operating systems

• Fixed display of some update version numbers

• Ignored apps & updates have been reset, please re-evaluate them


1.3.0 (06 Aug 2018):

• Added all-new info-button that shows release-notes and info about the app and update

• Added or improved support for hundreds of apps

• Moved to a new database for improved accuracy and fewer beta-versions:

- please allow a week until the previous level of information is available

• Implemented a completely new feedback dialogue for problems regarding apps or updates:

- if you've previously submitted feedback that has not been addressed, please try again

• Improved scan-performance to scan faster and use less memory

• When updating apps that are currently running, MacUpdater will now offer to quit them

• Offers to open app homepages instead of launching apps during a ‘manual update’

• Don't fail cryptically when updating apps that have been updated outside MacUpdater

• Allow more frequent manual rescans

• Accept drag & drop of apps you’ve just installed, no need for a full re-scan


1.2.10 (03 Jul 2018):

• Move to a faster server for our database backend

• Improved version display accuracy for a number of apps

• Improved detection updates performed outside of MacUpdater

• Fixed wrong date of the last scan in the menu

• Fewer beta releases should show up in the future


1.2.9 (15 Jun 2018):

• Fixed problem in v1.2.8 where MacUpdater would depend on installed 'Developer Tools'


1.2.8 (13 Jun 2018):

• Added option to the menu in the menubar to start a manual scan of your apps

• Fixed problems with many some updates

• Fixed problem with Spotify beta versions showing up

• Fixed updates for Firefox ESR & Chrome's Beta or Dev variants

• Fixed updates of 'Onyx' on macOS 10.14 'Mojave'

• Correctly show upgrades to other apps in the Mac App Store with lower version numbers


1.2.7 (8 Jun 2018):

• Add support for Google Chrome's Beta, Dev & Canary variants

• Fixed inability to launch some installers

• Fixed problems with updating apps on systems older than 10.13

• Fixed problems on systems where 'ruby' complains about insecure folder permissions

• Improved update-detection for some apps

• Initial support for macOS 10.14 'Mojave'

• Clean up created temp-files better


1.2.6 (02 Jun 2018):

• Improved stability

• Fixes for updating some apps


1.2.5 (01 Jun 2018):

• Improved stability


1.2.4 (31 May 2018):

• Improved stability

• Fixes for installing updates

• Fixes for users that use the Mac App Store of another country than their system settings

• Fixed menu-icon for 3-digit update count as well as tight-fit 1-digit update count

• Fixed list of apps with updates in the menubar to be alphabetically and not reversed

• Improved version display accuracy for a number of apps


1.2.3 (24 May 2018):

• Fixed problem where updating apps would often fail with an 'extraction error' (since 1.2)


1.2.2 (23 May 2018):

• Added support for updating 'Audacity'

• Improved stability

• Fixed inability to update apps with direct '.PKG' download like MAMP/OneDrive (since 1.2)

• Fixed many possible problems when opening the main window during a running scan


1.2.1 (18 May 2018):

• Fixed problems on Mac OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' where MacUpdater never worked properly

• Fixed many cases where updating an app would fail

• Fixed a crash related to updating apps with Installers or the Mac App Store

• Add option to open the homepage of an app also to the (context) menu


1.2.0 (16 May 2018):

• Added support for updating many more apps like Sonos, Synology, etc

• Fixed errors while trying to update some apps

• Fixed version number display for some apps

• Show download URL while downloading updates

• You can now double-click an app in MacUpdater to open its homepage, if available

• Always display progress when downloading updates

• Made sure not to update non-English Firefox to an English version

• Fix problems related to unavailable config files

• Added support for tracking the Firefox ESR version

• Don't force a full re-scan when removing apps from the ignore-list

• Fixed a rare crash related to apps like 'Wacom Tablet Utility' or 'Pullover'

• Fixed a rare crash related to updating apps with Installers or the Mac App Store

• Ignore 'wineskin' apps, which have no comparable versions


1.1.1 (06 May 2018):

• Increased number of free app-updates from 5 to 10

• Updates installed through the MacAppStore are now detected, no need to re-scan anymore

• Change 'Update' button title to 'Upgrade' when we suspect updating might cost money

• Fix very rare crash

• Fix update check interval setting not working

• Fix scan interval setting not working

• Fix the number of backups setting not working

• Fix version-display and updates of LibreOffice and Microsoft Teams

• Fix Adobe mixup

• Add new FAQ entry about why there is no 'Update-All' button

• Add new FAQ entry about the roadmap for future MacUpdater versions

• Add new FAQ entry about how MacUpdater protects from Paid Updates

• Add new FAQ entry about how MacUpdater protects from Incompatible Updates


1.1.0 (30 Apr 2018):

• Add option to make backups of downloaded installers

• Add option to make backups of replaced old apps

• Fix updating apps that have a direct .PKG download like MAMP or OneDrive

• Add information about updates to the menu when displaying an icon in the menubar

• Add option to launch apps via context menu

• Fixes for crashes related to having misconfigured version 1.0

• Prevent infinite loops during scanning

• Prevent scanning of troublesome folders


1.0.1 (28 Apr 2018):

• Fix crash when trying to update some apps

• Fix crash when subfolders of scanned folders are added for scanning too

• Fix updating some apps with installers

• Made ability to launch Microsoft or Adobe updater apps more obvious

• Fix display of app-icon in the documentation window


1.0.0 (25 Apr 2018):

• First official stable release


1.0rc (23 Apr 2018):

• Major changes to always ignore beta versions

• Improvements for displaying newest version information for some apps

• Badge icons now really take into account current filter settings

• Properly update summary info text after re-scanning single apps

• Add in-app option to check for updates of MacUpdater itself even when menubar is hidden

• Make sure exceptions don't silently freeze the app but are properly reported

• Add preferences menu item

• Changed 'reset to defaults' button icon and ask before resetting

• Fix 'Show notifications' preference setting

• Fix crash when using some menu-items

• Fix refresh button changing style on every click


1.0b6 (17 Apr 2018):

• Add support for many apps that changed their 'bundle identifier'

• Improvements for updating some apps

• Hide 'Chrome' apps

• Fix problem with 'ignore-folders'

• Fix problem with MacAppStore apps that are not available in the US store


1.0b5 (12 Apr 2018):

• Badge-icons will live-update during scanning

• Improvements for scanning or updating some apps

• The summary info text about the app-count will now take into account current filter settings

• Properly ignore MacAppStore updates that require a newer OS version

• Fixed problem where MacUpdater could not be quit

• Open window after launch, if auto-launch is disabled and Dock icon is shown


1.0b4 (03 Apr 2018):

• Improvements for scanning some apps

• Fixed crash trying to update some apps

• Fixed MacAppStore apps sometimes showing an older version as newest

• Fixed problems updating some apps

• Fixed rare crash

• Disabled context menu during the scan to prevent problems

• MacUpdater remembers and restores its window position now


1.0b3 (13 Mar 2018):

• Major changes to ignore beta versions

• Added support for updating additional apps

• Added support for re-scanning single apps

• Added support for ignoring specific updates

• Fixed possible crashes during the scan

• Fixed possible problems with some apps


1.0b2 (28 Feb 2018):

• Remember the current filter settings across re-launch

• Update the icon badges after ignoring additional apps

• Fix app-beta versions being offered for update

• Fix scan timer to run at the specified interval

• Fix crash while trying to update some apps

• Fix wrong update info for some Mac App Store apps

• Fix handling of apps with extra long version numbers


1.0b1 (14 Feb 2018):

• Initial public beta release