There are two known issues with Software Manager, which glebihan is fixing for Linux Mint 14 release and also backporting to Linux Mint 13 and LMDE.
The one issue is that the status of a package on its detail page in the Software Manager isn't updated as you install a package. That is, you click install and wait for it to complete. Once it completes, the status of the package is not changed and it looks like it hasn't been installed yet. The workaround is to go back to the overview page or search results, and from there click on the package again to again visit its detail page. The installed status will have been updated.
The other issue is that packages that require you to accept an EULA can't be installed with the Software Manager, as it doesn't know how to ask you questions while performing an installation. The workaround is to install the package with Synpatic (Package Manager), or from the terminal with:
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sudo apt-get install packagename
As shared, both issues will be fixed in the upcoming release of Software Manager. It should arrive next month.