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OS X development questions redux ...

After a 10 year hiatus from running an ISV I'm leaving the corporate enterprise IT world and starting a new company, this time to focus on Mac OS X development.  A lot of things in the ISV world have change while I've been gone, that's for sure, including the whole sales pipeline.  No more dealers with those paper catalogs you used to have to buy an ad in to get your products carried, for starters.

I've read the previous thread on OS X development, I have two follow up questions.

- I've seen some companies selling both via the Mac App Store and also direct, I'm sure for the reasons mentioned in the previous post about the downsides to the App Store.  The App Store seems to function very much like many of the software tools dealers I dealt with years ago in terms of commission and knowing who actually bought your products.  So, if you are going to sell a version of your app directly, you're going to need a license key generation/management system - what do people use for this?

- Other than the Apple developer program, which I have already joined, where else online are resources and discussions regarding OS X development?

Things seem to have gone awfully well for Joel during my 10 year absence, and this does not surprise.  The forums here seem to have taken a pretty good hit though.  Any other "Business of Software" resources that have sprung up in the meantime?

Thanks in advance for your helpful answers to my questions.
Mitch & Murray (from downtown) Send private email
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 
 
>> "So, if you are going to sell a version of your app directly, you're going to need a license key generation/management system - what do people use for this?"

You can try LimeLM: http://wyday.com/limelm/

You can add online / offline activation and/or floating licensing to your app. Also, I'm the founder and CEO of the company, so I'm biased.



>> "Any other "Business of Software" resources that have sprung up in the meantime?"

Hacker news has a useful discussion once every few months. There's a lot of garbage there (like anywhere on the Internet), but occasionally there's a gold nugget: https://news.ycombinator.com/news



Also, there are some conferences that have a few good tid-bits here and there. The Business of Software Conference has about 1 or 2 good speakers a year. Also Micro Conf has a couple of good speakers every year. You can find the videos online. Here are some videos of the last 2 years of MicroConf:

http://www.microconf.com/videos-2012.html
http://www.microconf.com/videos-2013.html
Wyatt O'Day Send private email
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 
 
I don't know of any other business of software resources around but most of the old regulars from that many years ago still hang out at http://www.crazyontap.com.
Almost H. Anonymous Send private email
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
 
 
Welcome back!

I rolled my own licence key generator.

Another good forum is:

http://discuss.bootstrapped.fm
Andy Brice Send private email
Thursday, October 02, 2014
 
 

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