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Evernote and others: How to delete Update and Purchases from App Store?

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mculmore Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Evernote and others: How to delete from the Update and Purchases pages from within the App Store? I trashed the Apps just fine, but a nag still shows in the Purchases page saying it is ready and is active for Install. Why would I want to install what I deleted via Admin? It was not an accident I tossed it. I like the old Mac way of toss it and it's gone and not visible. Just because a Pref or Application support file is present from other apps does not mean they show up needing attention after deletion. Adobe CS4 is gone and it does not remind me of that error of judgement....

I searched Receipts, Prefs, Application Support both at System and User levels? I just can't seem to find the right files to delete so it goes away completely?

Thanks for looking at and giving help on this minor annoyance. It is just not Mac like, IMHO.
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,590 points)
    I too asked this question a few days ago.

    Currently there is no way to eliminate the fact that you have purchased/acquired an app. It will always be there on the purchases page ready to download again.


    Dah•veed

    Early '09 Mac mini - 2GB RAM, Early '06 17" iMac CD - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • FishComputer Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)
    They willl not leave the page on the app store, however you can delete them from your computer

    Fish
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPod touch 4G 8GB
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,590 points)
    Again, you are not reading the comments, you are just commenting. He has deleted the apps from his Mac as he stated in his original post.
    Early '09 Mac mini - 2GB RAM, Early '06 17" iMac CD - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
    , and now I see the gotcha in not being in complete control of what I want on my Mac. Repeat, MY Mac. Not Apple's.


    But you are in complete control of your Mac, Repeat Your Mac, not Apple's.

    You decide what to install. You decide what to delete. All that's happening is Apple if offering you updates from Apps you installed. These updates are not on your Mac. They won't install unless you do it. All you're seeing is a list on a server. So, how does seeing a list on a server make a "gotcha"?

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,590 points)
    I concur with the OP. If I try out an app and do not like it I want it out of my life. I do not want to de reminded of it every time I use the MAS.

    I hope that Apple will change this behavior in the future and let us eliminate apps and forget about them.
    Early '09 Mac mini - 2GB RAM, Early '06 17" iMac CD - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,870 points)
    Maybe they will modify it slightly but they cannot eliminate it. Just like with music, movies, iOS apps, etc. Apple keeps track (for audit purposes) of all purchases anyone makes. They will not (and should not) remove the fact you purchased an application, this is why you also receive a receipt even when you download something that is free. It is also this file that is triggering the update notifications.

    You might send a suggestion to Apple that they consider an option under "Report a Problem" that would allow a user to deactivate update notices.
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, Apple TV
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,590 points)
    I have acquired 9 apps from the MAS since launch day; two which I bought and the rest were all free. (One I have deleted and wish to not be reminded about.) I have never received an emailed receipt for one app, as I always have for iTunes purchases.
    Early '09 Mac mini - 2GB RAM, Early '06 17" iMac CD - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Happily using Macs since 1984!
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,870 points)
    I hope you sent feedback, I won't be, I can just ignore the update notices. Just as easily as I ignore emails/snail mail to upgrade other software I no longer use.
    MacPro Dual Core 2.66 Ghz, MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AEXs, Red 2G & 5G Nano, Red Shuffle, 160 GB Classic, Apple TV
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
    If I d/l and install most 3rd party Apps, try OR buy, if I delete it, support files and prefs either manually or via any 3rd party app zapper, that puppy is Gone. Physically and Server wise.


    That puppy is most certainly not Gone. He's nowhere near gone. He's all over the place.

    If you download any app someone, somewhere on the Internet knows that you did. In fact, a lot of people do. The Software Maker has a record of your download. If you used a third party site (like McUpdate) to download then that site has a record. If the developer used a third party site to host the download, they have a record. Your ISP. Heaven forbid you actually used a Credit Card or PayPal to purchase an app because they all have a record of the transactions.

    If you trash the app, the plist files, unsubscribe from their mailing list, that data doesn't change. Visa doesn't erase that transaction from your Account. Amazon's S3 don't erase your IP address from the list of people who downloaded the app and so on. Apple can't erase the record of your Purchase, that would be illegal. They have to account for their income to the Share Holders and the Tax people.

    If I buy iPhoto from the app store, at the very least, the following people have access to that information:

    Apple - the vendor
    The U.S Government - or whereever Apple pays Tax.
    Akami - the distributor
    Visa
    My Bank
    My Government - because of Sales Tax in the E.U.

    If I delete the app, none of that changes.

    To think that because you trashed the app somehow all trace of your flirtation - however brief - with the software is erased is somewhat naive.

    Perhaps what you're asking might be more on the lines of an 'Opt out of Update Notifications for Apps I no longer use' option?

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
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