Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Coda 2.5 Not Sandboxable, Leaves Mac App Store

Cabel Sasser:

Coda 2.5 is essentially complete. But, we’re still encountering sandboxing challenges. So, in the interest of finally getting Coda 2.5 out the door and in the hands of you, our very eager and patient customers, we’ve decided it’s time to move on—for now.

In short: Coda 2.5 will not be sandboxed, and therefore will not be available in the Mac App Store.

Recall that the original sandboxing deadline was in November 2011, shortly after the release of Mac OS X 10.7. Apple has yet to even document which APIs work in the sandbox, and there remain standard Cocoa ones that don’t. The elite Panic engineers have been working on this for years—with special help, workarounds, and exemptions from Apple—but it still doesn’t work. How many developer hours have been wasted on the sandboxing debacle?

iCloud requires the App Store, so that’s out. But we have great news. We never want to short-change our paying customers, so we’ve spent many months working on Panic Sync, our own super-easy, super-secure syncing solution that gives you power over your data.

It sounds as though Panic Sync was developed not just because of the App Store, but also because of problems with iCloud. I’m sure this is the right thing for Panic’s customers, just like Omni Sync Server was for Omni’s. But it’s sad that this sort of thing is needed.

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Note that in the tweet you linked to, @willco007 mentions key-value storage, when he meant data files apparently.

Which is not much comfort, and even worse, since document storage is so important too.

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