Sketch Blog – Leaving the Mac App Store

There are a number of reasons for Sketch leaving the Mac App Store—many of which in isolation wouldn’t cause us huge concern. However as with all gripes, when compounded they make it hard to justify staying: App Review continues to take at least a week, there are technical limitations imposed by the Mac App Store guidelines (sandboxing and so on) that limit some of the features we want to bring to Sketch, and upgrade pricing remains unavailable.

We should also add that this move is not a knee-jerk reaction to the recent certificate expiration problems that affected so many Mac App Store customers. However, in light of what happened, we can’t help but feel vindicated in our decision that the Mac App Store is not in our customers’ best interests right now.

Source: Sketch Blog – Leaving the Mac App Store

this is a very solvable problem but it seems Apple is not interested in fixing this.

  • Allow Trials
  • Allow Upgrade Pricing
  • Allow 3rd Party Bundling or Redeemable Codes to be more accessible
  • Allow Verified Developer Accounts that can publish without approval
  • Or Maybe “Apple Approved” badge

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