Software I've created to fulfil specific requests that I think other people may find handy. This software is free unless specified otherwise.
As good as the Mac App Store is, there are some drawbacks to it:
My program 'Tweaker' would never be allowed on the App Store as it can modify the behaviour of your system, and Apple would rather most people don't do this. They don't want people to have the ability to change their system settings to that degree.
Imagine you were working in an Apple Store, trying to tech-support a tweak that a customer had made to their system. You'd be unaware of what tweak they'd performed, so it'd be a very in-depth procedure to reverse it if you didn't know how.(This is why they introduced System Integrity Protection after all. Although it's great at stopping malicious software, it also takes away the ability to customise). For those who appreciate the foundations of MacOs or OSX but would like more control over the interface, then Tweaker serves it's purpose.If you are a developer using the App store, you reach billions of people, but you have to pay every year for an Apple Developer Certificate, plus a cut to Apple of your Application sales. Many developers have been accused of being tight... I mean, frugal, however it's more outgoings and they have a valid point. Of course, because they are seen by billions of people wont necessarily mean their software will ever be purchased. Worse though is that customers with Apps downloaded through the App Store can't be helped without a fix being reposted to the App Store with the related delays.
Another aspect of the App store relates to self management of software, particularly if you are a business. If you'd purchased apps from the App Store, they aren't like normal apps. Apple can choose to revoke a developer's certificate or even remove the App from the store at any point. You'll not be able to reinstall it again if this is the case. With normal software you can back it up however you please and you have it for as long as you require. This is also better for businesses who have to deploy software to multiple computers, who don't need the software disappearing without notice when it may be critical to their business.There's nothing wrong with downloading software from outside the App Store, and it'll still run if you right-click an Application and choose 'open', but be absolutely sure you trust the software or use it on a computer that doesn't matter to try it out first. And always have a backup of course!