Mac App Store loses weight products again, with the departure of Sketch

Mac App Store loses weight products again, with the departure of Sketch

For those looking for alternatives to signing Adobe Creative Cloud apps, the Sketch is one of the indispensable options for designers that are developed natively and exclusively for Macs. Not a product any winner of a Apple Design Award, has a high approval rate among its customers and extreme visibility in Cupertino, being referenced in resources for designers who work with Ma platforms.

And right at the beginning of the month, Sketch became one more to enter the barge of applications that did not succeed where the main channel for selling software for OS X should be: yours Mac App Store.

Sketch outside the Mac App Store

The reasons are basically the same that led large companies like Panic (from Transmit and Coda) and Bare Bones (from BBEdit) for independent distribution. In addition to the delay in the reviews that Apple makes, Bohemian Coding developer of Sketch cites the lack of flexibility aboutsandboxing to implement new features, as well as the lack of support for discounted upgrades.

In the end, the conclusion of these companies was unanimous: each of them can provide a better buying experience and support for their respective customers at least while we talk about professional tools: Panic, an example mentioned above, works in this category of products, as well as to Bare Bones.

Anyway, expressing this opinion, no matter how much it refers to a shock in the buying experience of many people, doesn’t appear superb on the part of those who develop it: in fact, Apple’s work with the Mac App Store has been dismal, even more when compared to iOS store.Bundles, unified purchases, TestFlight support There are just a few features that developers toiGadgets can enjoy and have no sign of life on Macs.

It gets even more terrible if we remember that in November, a bizarre error starring Apple left thousands of users without access to their applications overnight and some were left undefined about an official solution for almost a week. Clearly, the company does not pay the attention it should to its channel of selling apps for OS X, which needs to change over the course of its next updates.

Dan Counsell, a longtime development expert for OS X, has even kept a list of the great software that is left out of the Mac App Store. Although this is not necessarily detrimental to the store's catalog numbers, we are talking about a collection of essential products, coming from big names with experience on the platform. Their absences greatly diminish the relevance of the centralized channel for end users, and this tends to increase, with the departure of more products, in case Apple remains (strangely) without answers on the subject.

Bohemian Coding doesn't totally rule out a future Mac App Store return, but probably only if things change from water to wine.

(via TechCrunch)