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Chapter 37. Distributing Your App > The Mac App Store

The Mac App Store

If you’re writing a commercial app, there’s quite a bit of work to do beyond the writing the app itself, in order to release it. The Mac App Store has the advantage of taking care of a lot of these aspects for you: purchasing, installation/packaging, and distribution are all handled for you. Much of licensing is addressed, also. If you’re an independent developer, working on such tasks can feel as though they’re taking valuable time away from making your product better.

The Mac App Store isn’t for every app, however. If your application cannot operate in a sandboxed environment or doesn’t conform to the review guidelines, you will want to use more traditional means of distribution.

Most aspects of distribution in the Mac App Store are fairly straightforward and similar to the iOS App Store. You will need to use Xcode to sign your application binary, provide a description of your application and screenshots, and, finally, submit the app by using Xcode’s Organizer.


  

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