Mac App Store running on MacBook Air

Mac App Store running on MacBook Air

In an announcement posted to the news page for developers Apple has outlined several points for developers looking to submit their apps to the Mac App Store in the future.

The most significant announcement is that the Mac App Store will have no support for demos, trials or beta versions of apps. Apple writes:

Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.

Apple also warns developers to avoid writing application files to incorrect locations as “This avoids users being confused when applications store data in unexpected areas of the file system (e.g., storing databases in the user’s Documents folder or storing files in the user’s Library folder that are not recognizably associated with your application).”

Finally Apple advises developers looking to submit to the Mac App Store to create custom visual elements and controls for their apps if it doesn’t already exist. But the element or behaviour must adhere to the Apple Human Interface Guidelines.