When the Mac App Store debuted in 2011, BBEdit was one of its
first products available for sale. However, due to technical and
business constraints we encountered in the store, we decided to
withdraw BBEdit from the Mac App Store in 2014.
Following BBEdit’s exit from the Mac App Store, we had many
conversations with our customers, and with Apple, regarding the
issues that we had encountered with the store.
In the spring of 2018, Bare Bones and Apple announced that,
subsequent to the release of macOS Mojave (10.14) and the
accompanying refresh of the Mac App Store, BBEdit would be
returning to the store.
This was made possible by changes to the OS itself which allow Mac
App Store versions of BBEdit to function to their fullest extent
while complying with Mac App Store rules; as well as changes to
the Mac App Store business mechanics which make it possible for us
to distribute our software through the Mac App Store as part of a
sustainable business model.
They’ve made this work by using a subscription model for the Mac App Store version: $40/year or $4/month — a veritable bargain.
This welcome news coincides with today’s 12.6.3 update for all BBEdit users, which, as ever, is accompanied by copiously detailed release notes.