Freeway Pro 6: Latest Mac App Store Victim
Apple’s Mac App Store launched with great promise and fanfare — a single secure source for all of your software needs. New Mac? Quickly download and re-install all of your apps with a just a click or three. However, Apple’s increasingly stringent Mac App Store policies are driving developers away.
Since Apple began forcing developers to sandbox their apps last year, a number of high profile applications have been pulled from the Mac App Store, including MPlayer and TextExpander. Other apps, like BBEdit and ClamXav, have seen features removed in order to avoid running afoul of Apple’s rules.
The feature removal approach was used by developer Softpress for their popular HTML + CSS apps, Freeway Pro and Freeway Express. However, that trade off and Apple’s ever tightening of the rules have resulted in Softpress taking the decision not to offer Freeway Pro 6 on the Mac App Store.
“I’m afraid to say that 6 will not be added to the [Mac] App Store,” said Joe Billings, managing director, Softpress, in an email to the Fairer Platform. “Unfortunately Apple’s increasing requirements and restrictions have finally squeezed us out.”
That is a disappointing and sadly familiar story.
Of course, Freeway Pro and Freeway Express, as well as BBEdit, TextExpander and a host of other App Store refuges are very much alive and available — just not on the Mac App Store…
What’s your take?