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Updates via AppStore

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:35 pm
by macmusic
Hi

I purchased decibel 1.0.2 via the Apple Appstore, when will the latest version be available for download, I've tried downloading the 1.0.4 from the website but can't install over the original (something to do with permission for users system and wheel )

Was hoping that the new version might cure the crashes I get when loading files from my NAS

Thanks

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:18 am
by sbooth
This is one of the unfortunate downsides to the Mac App Store.

I submitted Decibel 1.0.4 to the MAS about 30 minutes after I updated my website on April 3rd. As of today it is still awaiting review, and Apple does not provide any information or timelines on approvals.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:53 pm
by johnrobn
I too would like to update to the newest version but I cannot because I bought the software through the App Store. Can you provide an alternative method for users who paid for a now outdated product? I feel deceived by this unpublished limitation when I purchased Decibel and I would not have purchased via Apple had I known.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:35 am
by sbooth
This is a frustrating situation for all involved. I have read laments from many developers who are in the same boat- a bug fix version that should take 1 or 2 days to push out ends up taking weeks. I sent an inquiry to Apple several days ago asking about the status of the 1.0.4 update. I haven't received a response yet.

For the immediate future there isn't much I can do. However, for future direct-download (non Mac App Store) versions I will work on functionality to recognize that a Mac App store copy is installed, and unlock the direct download version.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:42 pm
by johnrobn
An ability to unlock App store versions in newer updates would be of great help to those of us stuck with these out of date versions. Thanks for making it a priority.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:12 am
by creata
This is why i don't purchase app via MAS if its possible.
Really frustrating when you can't get an update as soon as it's available.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:52 pm
by sbooth
Here is another interesting twist to the story. Last week I received a call from Steve at Apple (not THE Steve, sadly) who informed me that Decibel 1.0.4 was rejected from the App Store due to violation of the Mac App Store policies. He said that in their testing they discovered that Decibel was modifying the iTunes library which is against the rules that Apple sets forth. There are two interesting things about this claim-
  • I don't do any modification of the iTunes library. I use AppleScript, generated by ScriptingBridge, to allow the currently selected tracks in iTunes to be imported into Decibel's playlist.
  • The iTunes integration hasn't changed at all since version 1.0, which was approved.
When I asked if I would be able to rebut the claims and appeal the decision he informed that there is indeed an appeals process. However, almost 5 days later the binary I uploaded still shows "In Review". It hasn't even been rejected yet! So now I'm in a quandary- do I reject the binary and upload another one, moving myself to the back of the queue (and buying another two week delay) but hoping for a different reviewer, or do I just wait?

This tells me is that the review process is very inconsistent, to say the least, and developers have little to no power what software is distributed to their users. My overall impression with the MAS is one of frustration. One wonders if there was a 14-day time from submission to start of review for iWork!

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 5:36 pm
by sbooth
Another update- I finally received the official App Store rejection today. I've appealed the decision and will hopefully hear back this week on the review board's decision.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 9:14 pm
by Yarrow
johnrobn wrote:An ability to unlock App store versions in newer updates would be of great help to those of us stuck with these out of date versions. Thanks for making it a priority.
+1
And thanks for Decibel - it sounds great

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Tue May 17, 2011 4:45 am
by sbooth
For those of you following this saga, I still have no word from Apple in the appeal process.

However, I just released version 1.2 which allows non-MAS versions to be unlocked with a Mac App Store receipt.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:11 pm
by Yarrow
sbooth wrote:... non-MAS versions to be unlocked with a Mac App Store receipt.
How to feed Mac App Store receipt to Decibel?
My Mac App Store receipt for Decibel is just a numeric ID that Apple sent to me by email.
What should I do with it?

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:04 am
by sbooth
In theory, if you install Decibel via the MAS you'll have a receipt on your computer. Once this is done, download the latest version from sbooth.org and run that version. It should recognize that you have a MAS version installed and use the MAS receipt for license verification.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 5:31 am
by Yarrow
sbooth wrote:It should recognize that you have a MAS version installed...
It doesn't work in my case, Decibel 1.2 doesn't recognize MAS version installed and works as trial.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:54 pm
by sbooth
Until Apple approves the newer versions of Decibel on the MAS (we're locked in an approval battle at the moment), you can perform the following steps to use your MAS receipt with Decibel:
  • Create the ~/Library/Application Support/Decibel/App Store Receipts/ folder
  • Open Decibel.app that has been downloaded from the MAS, and copy the Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt file into the folder you just created.

Re: Updates via AppStore

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 6:30 pm
by Yarrow
sbooth wrote:... you can perform the following steps to use your MAS receipt with Decibel...
Yep, it helped, thanks!