You know Apple’s Mac OS X Software directory: it’s where you go when you choose “Mac OS X Software…” from the Apple menu in Mac OS X. It’s a huge driver of traffic for indie Mac developers — a prominent listing in this directory is a big deal, sales-wise. Unsurprisingly, this directory is going away when the Mac App Store launches in January. The problem for some developers is that not all software currently listed in the directory can be submitted to the new Mac App Store — the App Store’s policies are far more restrictive.
Here’s St. Clair Software’s Jon Gotow’s take:
In your letter, you say “the Mac App Store will be the best
destination for users to discover, purchase, and download your
apps,” but that doesn’t apply to my two best-selling
applications, nor to those of many other developers. The
guidelines put in place for the Mac App Store disqualify Default
Folder X and App Tamer from inclusion in the App Store, despite
their popularity and utility. I’m left to reinvent my products
and company (again) as they don’t fit Apple’s vision of what a
Mac application should be. There are numerous developers in my
position. We make useful — some would say essential — products
that users will now have a more difficult time finding as Apple
drives customers and market focus to the Mac App Store.
For better or worse, the Mac App Store is going to change the entire ecosystem for Mac software. (Via Glenn Fleishman.)
★ Tuesday, 21 December 2010