Thanks to the effort of a group of Russian developers, Mac users worldwide have another alternative for downloading apps to their OS X computers. The head developer behind this project, Andrey Fedotov, stated that his inspiration to build the HackStore came from seeing the success of Cydia on iOS devices and Apple’s launch of the Mac App Store. The goal is to provide Mac users with a centralized marketplace for the kind of apps that never would have been allowed by Apple.
Similar to the Cydia app store for Apple’s iOS mobile devices, the HackStore allows permission for any mac developers to distribute their own applications without having to seek Apple’s approval. Fedotov encourages developers to submit their apps for distribution within the app store without Apple’s restrictions.
Fedotov believes Apple shouldn’t have the right to reject a developer’s application from the Mac App Store: “This is not correct, because ONLY users should decide which applications they should install and which one[s] do not.”
New users will find themselves impressed by the feel and look of the HackStore. The entire interface appears to be an exact copy of Apple’s Mac App Store, giving it a nice experience. According to several accounts, apps will download right inside the app store, and applications are divided into categories for easier navigation.
Despite the fact that the HackStore is still in its infancy when it comes to available applications, the developer has promised that more updates will come periodically and that more apps will come to their app store for Mac owners to download.
The HackStore is a free standalone app, and is currently available for download to Mac OS X users at the Hack-Store.com.
Via [HackStore’s Website]