How do Mac guys try new software now?

Mac App Store is getting some rare bad reviews. I can’t digest the fact that the App Store won’t allow test trials or demo/beta versions of software. I am not a Mac person but would be interesting to know, how do Mac guys try new software now?

Why the Mac App Store Sucks

Sure, the Mac App Store is a good idea in theory. Just like the Linux repositories that came before it, it provides a one-stop shop for all your software needs. There's just one big problem: Apple made it.