I love the ease of updating applications in Mac OS X, be it third party or system applications, but ensuring every one of your apps is up to date is a hard thing to do, especially ones you don’t see often but do a key job.
When I was looking for something to update every application I have, I came across AppFresh, a free download that not only checks to see if there are any updates available for your programs, but downloads and installs these updates for you, helping to keep not only your programs up to date, but even your widgets, preference panes and plugins, which I thought was a great addition. It’s similar in idea to Filehippo application updater for the PC, but perhaps even better!
When you first open AppFresh, you’re presented with a very simple interface split up in to three sections. On the left sidebar, you can choose which kind of applications are displayed in the main panel. When you select an application, you get a closer look at both the application description and release notes for the current version or available version depending on whether an update is available.
Every time you open AppFresh, it checks if there are updates available for any of your applications, and takes you to the “Update Available” section to display the available updates, including Apple software updates, so you don’t have to use OS X’s built in Software Update application, unless of course you want to update OS X itself!
After using it for quite a while, I don’t hesitate for a second to recommend AppFresh to anybody using OS X, although it’s still currently in Developer Preview (v 0.8.5). Make sure you check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!