Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Briefs is Dead, Long Live the Briefs

Rob, one of my MartianCraft partners-in-crime, decided to throw in the towel last night on Briefs.app. After a solid year of fighting with Apple's app review team, implementing changes that were suggested might clear the path for getting Briefs.app on the App Store, and trying to just get a straight answer from Apple about what the real problem was, he's finally decided it's just not worth the hassle any more.

There were several lights at the end of the tunnel over the course of the year, each one a bigger and faster freight train. Despite the changes to the license agreement that seemed to imply Apple was going to become more reasonable on this subject, they continued to insist that Briefs allowed users to download and run executable code and is dangerous.

I don't like that answer, but if that was the answer, they should have manned up and told him that a year ago rather than stringing him along, giving him false hope, and enticing him to invest more time he doesn't have on a fruitless endeavor.

This was no way to treat a third party dev, and Rob has been way too nice about the whole damn situation.


Joe said...

Auuugh! I can't even begin to imagine the frustration Rob went through with this. Very sorry to hear it. Briefs is clearly a labor of love, and then some. Since the source is out on github, I dare say we're all the better for that as well. Long Live the Briefs, and I can't wait to see what he, um, crafts next.

Simon said...

apple haters are gona love this, and i can't really blame them ...