The copy of Appcuity installed on your computer doesn't work in isolation, it is part of an overall system that makes sure you always have the latest data right at your fingertips. Here is a simplified view of the operation of this system.
The master copy of the Mac App Store is maintained on Apple servers. Every evening (California time), a robot on the Appcuity server scans all of the apps in the store. At the time this page is being written (Summer 2011), the nightly scan takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete. (This time is gradually increasing as the number of the apps in the store increases.)
Once the scan is complete the robot takes the new app information, combines it with version and price history that was collected in the past, and combines it into a compressed daily update that can be downloaded to your computer in a few seconds and then accessed locally on your computer at high speed. If you have an Appcuity Pro subscription (see below), the daily update is downloaded automatically either in the middle of the night (if you leave Appcuity running) or the first time you launch Appcuity each day. If you have an Appcuity Lite subscription updates can only occur a maximum of once per week.
Appcuity Lite vs. Appcuity Pro Subscriptions
Appcuity subscriptions come in two flavors: Lite and Pro. The Lite version is free, while the Pro version can be purchased on an annual or lifetime basis. This table summarizes the differences between these two types of subscriptions.
For more detailed information about the differences between Appcuity Lite and Appcuity Pro see: Detail Window, Searching, Sorting, Fields, Recent & Wish List, Finding Deals and Data & Software Updates.
Extending Your Appcuity Pro Subscription
When you first sign up for Appcuity you automatically get a free 7 day trial Appcuity Pro subscription. Once the seven days have passed your subscription downgrades to Appcuity Lite. There are two easy ways you can extend your Pro subscription:
- Purchase Pro Subscription
It only costs pennies per day to get the latest App Store updates express delivered daily right to your desktop, along with advanced searching and sorting features, discount, sale and ranking information, and much more. The signup process is easy and quick. Learn more.
- Refer Friends & Associates
For each friend or associate you refer that signs up for Appcuity you'll receive a 30 day extension to your Appcuity Pro subscription (up to 2 years). Learn more.