Re: Mac Desktop App with License Key

From: Anthony Z.
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:45 PM
Hi Jules:

Thanks for the heads-up with the Mac OSX App Store process. I don't mind that one person installs on various desktops they own (even if they install on a few they don't). I want to simply make it slightly difficult so that its easier to pay $10 than it is to steal it.

If the app install is a receipt based purchase, thy have to use their Mac App Store user/pass along with the receipt and most people probably wouldn't want to give out their password to their Apple account.

I will be reviewing the docs at the developers sit to see what my options are.

Thanks so much.

Tony

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Jules wrote:
Anthony, is your objective to sell more and provide a convenient way to distribute your app (Mac App Store) or protect it from piracy (license)?

While sales are not guaranteed in the Mac App Store, you need to know that the Mac App Store does not offer a strict licensing model. In fact once a user buys your app from the Mac App Store they can install it on as many computers as they want, unlike iOS apps which can only be installed on a limited number of devices.

Depending on your target audience you should decide whether this licensing model fits your business.

To prevent unauthorized installations of your app from users who did not buy it from the App Store, to run, you will have to implement app store receipt validation. 

Jules



On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM, Anthony Zeoli <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey everyone,

I'm embarking down the road of building my first Mac desktop app that I'd like to sell, but provide a license key for.

Are there any 3rd party vendors that help you sell downloads and generate the license key that you can bundle with the download?

Never done this before. Could take my own advice and Google it, but I'm sure there will be more results than I can digest, so wanted to get some specifics from friends first as to what I should be Googling for.


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