Apple App Store purchases and region/country settings

I download a lot apps and software. I used to download and try everything just to know what is out there for any specific task. In the old days I had tried all the browsers for Windows. You name it I’ve tried it. Netscape, Opera, Explorer, Firefox. Unless you try them all you can’t say which is the best for you.

Software unlike apps was available anywhere for any country if you can get your hands on it. But this is not true for purchasing things online. The App Store means that things can be location, region or country specific. And sometimes apps that were once available but not anymore cannot be searched for. Updates also are no longer available to you once it is removed from your region.

Case in point is the Flickr app. This was once available in Japan but is no longer there. So when I read online about the update and availability of a universal version working with iPad I knew I had to get it. But because it was removed from Japan’s App Store I could not get an automatic update.

The workaround was to delete then reinstall it. Since I had already purchased it previously it is mine to keep. So while I would not be informed of updates I was still able to redownload it as an update. Again, this is how you do it:

  1. Confirm there is an update
  2. Delete the app
  3. Reinstall the app

So if you are like me who want to keep everything up to date or get the latest versions of an app no longer available to you this is the way around the problem.

Word, Excel and Powerpoint for iPad arrives (in Japan)

You’d be pleased to know (at least I was) that Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint have finally made to the Japanese shores after initial release in the US in April. Apart from the really bland icons it seems to work fine. And it is FREE with minor limitations.

Though I am still not sure how free it is until I test it more but from the blurb it seems some of the features (none that seem to be too important) are not included in the free version. So far so good though. Rather than being a ported version it is designed from scratch and seems to be surprisingly very well adapted to the iOS enviroonment.