I am very frustrated with the eclipse update manager. In my opinion, it is simply unusable. But what are the alternatives? A few weeks ago, I bought a 1 year subscription of yoxos for $99. Unfortunately, since then, no new updates appeared on my yoxos update manager. The yoxos update manager is quite cool. It's a perspective that allows you to select the plugins you want:
This looks very much like the yoxos on demand site (yes, this is a screenshot of an ajax application!):
I don't know how it works, when new updates are available, but I expect it will work smoothly (well, I payed for it -- therefore it has to work ;-))
TUM - Tikal Update Manager
TUM (Tikal Update Manager) is a open source project forge project called tikal run by Tikal.
They create a dialog with some cool icons. Yoxos seems much more mature, but TUM was just announced....
The Eclipse Update Manager
The eclipse update manager seems also to be enhanced. I have not seen it (because I hope for yoxos to install it for me...), but the screenshots seem promising.
The battle shall start...
I really hope that finally the update manager gets more attention. My favorite is clearly yoxos, because they don't use annoying blocking dialogs, but a perspective. The funny thing is, that eclipse 1 used a perspective as well, and in eclipse 2 it became wizard based...