Mac app licensing is the headache you don’t want to DIY

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For Mac developers, handling app licensing can be a huge hassle.
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  • Derek_Noakes

    I’ll admit that MacPaw actually converted me to a paid customer this way. I’d been using a cracked version of CleanMyMac for some time, and found that I got enough benefit from it to be worth paying for after a bit of a discount. $40 seemed a bit steep for what it does, but it really is a tool I use often enough to make it worth that.

    Still skeptical of this subscription bundle of theirs, however. CMM appears to be about the only thing I would use in there, and that’s definitely not worth $120/yr.

  • What about iCloud. Could you still be able to use iCloud service integrated into your app if you don’t go through the AppStore? Isn’t this breaking the license agreement with Apple? If you have an iOS companion, you may not be able to sync data via iCloud if the macOS app counterpart is not delivered via the AppStore.
    Sure you could use Dropbox and the likes, but I’m just wondering…

    • Volodymyr Radchenko

      On the latest WWDC Apple announced some updates to CloudKit, one of those allows non-AppStore apps to use iCloud for the data sync. For example 1Password already taken advantages of that sync and implemented that one in their non-appstore version of the app.