As some of you beta testers might have noticed the current release of AirPrint Activator (v2.2b5) does not work properly under iOS 6 beta. Don’t worry, there is a fix for it that was tested.
Charlie and I also tried to bring AirPrint Activator to the Apple Store. Full re-write. Totally compliant with all rules of the App Store (Sandboxing, Entitlements, etc). Auto Start, Menu Bar integration, Built-in debug for easy reporting of issues, etc, etc. Great app all around… but unfortunatly Apple has refused to allow the application in the store. So we went back for appeal and asked for another consideration and the final verdict was:
Thank you for contacting the App Review Board. Your appeal has been reviewed.
As stated in Section 1.2 Definitions of the Mac Developer Program License Agreement:
“Application Program Interface(s)” (API(s)) means the public interfaces which are designed to provide application access to certain features and functionality of OS X.
The AirPrint protocol and specification is undocumented and does not have a public interface. Apps that use undocumented protocols or API are in violation of the App Store Guidelines. As such we are unable to approve this app for inclusion in the Mac App Store.
App Review Board.
Obviously we disagree with the issue (we interact with iOS not OSX so we are not violating the Mac Developer agreement) but we suspect that we will no longer get anywhere with using the App Store to distribute this.
So right now we are evaluating options. AirPrint Activator has been provided for free until now with many generous donators supporting the cause. As we spend more and more time improving and supporting the application we are evaluating the possibility of moving to a cheap license model. This would be a time based trialware.
Unfortunately this would involve a lot of work to stand an e-commerce presence. We have many ideas for improving the application and adding much needed features but it will take time and effort. Nothing decided yet and would appreciate your thoughts on this.