At first sight, the Mac App Store (MAS) desktop application sort of looks like a browser window. It has back/forward buttons, and each page has to load from a remote source like a webpage (fig.1). However when clicking around the app, you’ll pretty soon notice the differences. The MAS is so stripped down of basic usability related functionality, it is difficult for the average, and impossible for most visual / otherwise impaired users to navigate. The app’s design seems to break most accessibility rules and goes straight against the usually perfectionist Apple design approach towards the usability of both their software and hardware.
The App Store is made increasingly important over the last OSX releases as the recommended source of your Mac’s software but there doesn’t seem to be any time spent on improving the app itself.
How about simply making the MAS a windowed Safari instance serving a web-app for a start? And then feel free to throw away what you have now and start over from scratch.
To sum up some of its problems:
The MAS web version is equally bad, but at least you can fix it in a browser with built-in zoom functionality, keyboard navigation, tabbed browsing, familiar page navigation, text search etc.
See fig.2 for the Yosemite “upgrade” of the store; where it went from grey textured backgrounds to white, ignoring every possible improvement.
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