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  • Apple Cracks its Restrictive Whip on Mac App Store



    Apple is once again cracking its proverbial whip in outlining further restrictions relating to its soon-to-be launched Mac App Store. Developers have been notified that some changes are coming, at least in terms of how the Mac App Store will work in relation to Apple's other app stores. Arguably the biggest differentiating factor is that trial versions of software are strictly prohibited.

    Apple laid down the law via updates on its News and Announcements for Apple Developers last night. Devs are busy digesting the news today, as the Mac App Store nears completion for an early 2011 roll out. In the message to developers, Apple tells its devs that "Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore." Looking to avoid the bugs of beta, Apple says the apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store "should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps."

    Understandably, this change of policy for the Mac App Store represents a significant change of pace from that which developers have grown accustomed from the iOS App Store policies. Given that "lite" incarnations and free trials of apps often result in top downloaded bursts of activity for developers, the news comes as quite a blow to many devs who today are once again bemoaning more restrictive shenanigans on the part of Apple.

    To read more of the new rules with which you may now have to contend, check out News and Announcements for Apple Developers, if you haven't already.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Cracks its Restrictive Whip on Mac App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      didnt see that coming...haha. Its good in a way but cmon, some apps are gonna need to be tested by the masses.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Shenanigans!
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      Shenanigans!
      Eeevil Shenanigans!
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Eeevil Shenanigans!
      I'm gonna pistol-whip the next person that says Shenanigans...
      -Super Troopers
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I'm gonna pistol-whip the next person that says Shenanigans...
      -Super Troopers

      Shenanigans.

      I wanna go home and watch Super Troopers now.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Mac App store is going to be the most policed and restrictive App Store ever.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      riduculous... how are you going to convince someone to buy your app, if there is no way to try it? so we just take the plunge, buy something supposed to be "awesome, the best app for whatever" and then is a piece of ****
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      Well, it's not like you won't be able to get demos/trials/betas. Let's just not clutter the Mac App Store with them. Besides, the Mac platform isn't "jailed" like the iOS platform normally is. <EDIT> Go to the dev's site and download the trial from there. </EDIT>
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      riduculous... how are you going to convince someone to buy your app, if there is no way to try it? so we just take the plunge, buy something supposed to be "awesome, the best app for whatever" and then is a piece of ****
      Well actually thats how the app store is right now. Most apps that are paid don't have a way to try out the app, you just pay for it and if it sucks too bad.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      How is this restrictive? They can have demos on their site, hell, if they don't like the terms of the app store, they can continue to sell their stuff anywhere else they like. Mac OS is not a closed system. They don't have a gun pointed at their heads do they? But what would you expect to read from the hack that masquerades as a blogger. Pfft.
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      How is this restrictive? They can have demos on their site, hell, if they don't like the terms of the app store, they can continue to sell their stuff anywhere else they like. Mac OS is not a closed system. They don't have a gun pointed at their heads do they? But what would you expect to read from the hack that masquerades as a blogger. Pfft.
      Exactly. When I read the name of the author I automatically knew the story was going to be some bullsh1t.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Yeah I think this is a good idea, so they don't clutter the store. That's the problem with the AppStore right now, there so much stuff and I just have to sort through it all the time just to find a normal and lite version of the app.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Rumor is the OSX build that has the AppStore in it went to GM today.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      MEH!!!! It no huge deal. Let's see.... I so wonder how we all bought software before the iStores came about. Hmmm. How oh how did we survive as devs and customers.

      We got the notice as well and it not that big of a deal. Well perhaps it is if we were not devs and consistently tried to make snow out of salt thru text. I'm just saying....
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I use MacUpdate when looking for stuff. I used to use VersionTracker till they got bought by CNet. I just hate CNET's style. Although not a full fan of the new Macupdate layout but still way better than CNET.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Heh? How is this restrictive?
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Puka1701 View Post
      Well, it's not like you won't be able to get demos/trials/betas. Let's just not clutter the Mac App Store with them. Besides, the Mac platform isn't "jailed" like the iOS platform normally is. <EDIT> Go to the dev's site and download the trial from there. </EDIT>
      agreed. thats one of my complaints about the idevice app store. it's way too cluttered.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Rumor is the OSX build that has the AppStore in it went to GM today.
      rumor? how come Essany didn't write an article about it? haha
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Why on earth are trial versions strictly prohibited? I can see them not wanting a full version with just a trial code (as this can easily be cracked), but a lesser version (where there are physically less features available, even if there was to be a crack) seems like it would be fitting. This way, the trial version is smaller (less bandwidth) and there is no real risk of cracks. Of course, there are some apps that this just wouldn't work for at all, but something like a game where there are levels and such could easily have a trial where only the data for a level or two is provided so that there is no opportunity for acquiring those extra levels through devious means.

      Regardless, this is an Apple App Store. They have enough followers with crazy brand loyalty to make this successful. I will say that there probably are some limited cases where I too would use this as a simple download is more convenient than going into the store to buy the thing for exactly the same price.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      At least we know Apple isn't attempting to restrict the downloading of apps to OS X to just their App Store, like they do with iOS. Yet.

      ...how the Mac App Store will work in relation to Apple's other app stores..
      I wasn't aware Apple already had multiple app stores before the launch of the Mac one
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      riduculous... how are you going to convince someone to buy your app, if there is no way to try it? so we just take the plunge, buy something supposed to be "awesome, the best app for whatever" and then is a piece of ****
      whats different from the app store now? I still wish there was a way to call BS and get your money back.

      I can understand the difference for the Mac App store. With the mobile platform, other then jailbreaking, there isn't a way to install "trial" versions of a program from a web site. On the OSX side of things it's quite easy. Just download the .dmg and off you go. This will reduce the amount of listings in the app store. A dev could easily list the full version in the app store and provide a link to their website for a trial version.

      Quote Originally Posted by m/ibnzicemanm/ View Post
      rumor? how come Essany didn't write an article about it? haha
      because it wasn't released on Verizon's network...