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Can i submit a Java application to the AppStore ?

Michael Roberts
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Hello ,

I have created a Java Swing application, and to be user friendly for Mac OS X users i have used Mac's Jar Bundler to create a *.app file of it to easily access and use it.

Quite a good number of Mac users now use my application, and many suggested submitting it to the AppStore. I have started taking this step, but i found this more difficult than i thought. Some said Java applications are now forbidden in the AppStore, but i also found this post proving that this is possible :
http://intransitione.com/blog/take-java-to-app-store/

I have tried understanding the above post, but it is too complicated for a startup like me. If someone can help me with simple steps for how to do this, i would be so thankful.
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Do let me know of you get any info on this.

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Michael Roberts
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Vinod Tiwari wrote:Do let me know of you get any info on this.

-Vinod


Well, i'm still searching and waiting here for any answer. I didn't think it is that hard !
Mark Spritzler
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Wellbased on that link and a very cursory skim of it. It looks like it is possible, but lots of hoops. Basically it looks like you have to wrap your Java app within an XCode app with some Objective-C coding to allow it to work in the App Store sandbox. But yes there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get this to work.

It might be worth the time, it might not. You might get more sales by being on the app store, or is it your app can be found by the exact people needing it?

What about some of the other "stores" to sell apps like www.macupdate.com

Mark


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We seem to be on a tangent. (Tangent moved to new thread. Going back to the original question, it doesn't sound like there are simple steps to publish to the app store for a Java app. If you want to do it, you'll have to spend some time or pay someone who knows how/wants to figure it out.


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Michael Roberts
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Mark Spritzler wrote:
It might be worth the time, it might not. You might get more sales by being on the app store, or is it your app can be found by the exact people needing it?

Mark

Well, based on my customers requests i think it will work fine. That is why i need it.


Mark Spritzler wrote:
What about some of the other "stores" to sell apps like www.macupdate.com

Mark

This is a nice suggestion .. It is nothing compared with the AppStore, but at least it is better than nothing. I may give it a try. But still, if anyone knows simple and obvious steps to follow to add the Java application to the AppStore, that'd be so helpful.
Michael Roberts
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:We seem to be on a tangent. Going back to the original question, it doesn't sound like there are simple steps to publish to the app store for a Java app. If you want to do it, you'll have to spend some time or pay someone who knows how/wants to figure it out.

I want to do it myself. I just want a clear and simple guide to follow. That's why i'm asking here, may be i'm missing a resource that someone might share with us.
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Michael Roberts wrote:
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:We seem to be on a tangent. Going back to the original question, it doesn't sound like there are simple steps to publish to the app store for a Java app. If you want to do it, you'll have to spend some time or pay someone who knows how/wants to figure it out.

I want to do it myself. I just want a clear and simple guide to follow. That's why i'm asking here, may be i'm missing a resource that someone might share with us.


The problem is, is that there are some hoops to jump and many steps to make it work.

Based on what I saw in that link. I think that that is the simplest way to show you what you have to do. And it is well written. If you haven't built other Apple apps, then some of the stuff might be more difficult to understand. So it might have to be having someone who has already done it, or knows Mac apps and/or very little objective-c to do it for you. The objective-c part is actually really easy as the blog poster posted the code.

Have you ever submitted say an iOS app to the app store?

Good Luck. I really do think that blog post is great and has everything as simple as it can be. It is the process that is difficult, not the bloggers fault there.

Mark
Michael Roberts
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Mark Spritzler wrote:
Have you ever submitted say an iOS app to the app store?
Mark

No, unfortunately i didn't.

Mark Spritzler wrote:
I really do think that blog post is great and has everything as simple as it can be. It is the process that is difficult, not the bloggers fault there.
Mark

I will give it another try then, but if something is not clear i hope it'd be okay to ask for it in here.
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Michael Roberts wrote:
Mark Spritzler wrote:
Have you ever submitted say an iOS app to the app store?
Mark

No, unfortunately i didn't.

Mark Spritzler wrote:
I really do think that blog post is great and has everything as simple as it can be. It is the process that is difficult, not the bloggers fault there.
Mark

I will give it another try then, but if something is not clear i hope it'd be okay to ask for it in here.


Sure ask away.

Yeah the submission process can be hairy the first couple of times you do it. Then it becomes easier. Unfortunately, you can't use the nice XCode tools to do all the hard work like signing your app, creating your plist for configuration and packaging it all up correctly for you. You will have to do that stuff manually.

Mark
 
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