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Alongside today's announcement that its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held June 6th-10th in San Francisco, Apple also revealed details on its Apple Design Awards competition, a program designed to recognize applications that "set the standard for excellence" on Apple's platforms.

Apple received a significant amount of criticism last year for its decision not to offer Apple Design Awards for Mac OS X applications, choosing instead to simply offer awards in iPad and iPhone categories, although the move was apparently simply because Apple wasn't prepared to begin showing off Mac OS X Lion at that time and thus focused the event primarily on iOS.

Mac developers will be glad to know that Apple has added Mac OS X applications back into the Apple Design Awards this year, preparing to honor applications on both Mac OS X and iOS platforms. One catch, however, is that applications must be included in the App Store by May 23rd in order to be eligible for an award.
Does an app have to be on the App Store to be considered?

Apps must be available on the App Store by May 23, 2011, to be considered for an Apple Design Award.
While the App Store requirement is taken for granted when it comes to iOS applications, it is significant that it is also being applied to Mac OS X applications given the Mac App Store's relatively recent introduction and myriad of other means of application distribution available to developers. From Apple's perspective, limiting entries to applications found in the Mac App Store is a good way to continue pushing the marketplace forward, encouraging developers of quality applications to bring their products to the store.

Article Link: 2011 Apple Design Awards for Both iOS and Mac OS X, App Store Only
 

Sky Blue

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It's a little cheeky, sure, but the Design Award isn't really anything but marketing opportunity for the devs.
 
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Preclaro_tipo

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Slimy

What a lame rule...clearly they don't care about the best or most innovative products for people, they care about themselves and this time they aren't even TRYING to make it look like it is people/software/design first...it is purely Apple first.

I know Apple (and Microsoft, and google and Oracle, etc) gets accused of being evil, slimy, greedy, monopolistic, or some combination or derivation of these from time to time, or even regularly, but for me this is the one of the most flagrant 'slimy' (et al) practices I've seen of Apple.
 
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admanimal

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Yes what a heinous crime for Apple to want to promote their new distribution platform and encourage developers to take advantage of it.
 
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Consultant

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If you don't want the free publicity, then don't submit your app to the Mac App Store.

Of course, all the haters will cry foul.
 
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macbwizard

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Good. I'm all in favor of Apple adding more incentives for devs to embrace the Mac App store. As a consumer I really like the idea of an App Store that makes buying and installing as easy as one click as well as fostering competition between comparable apps.
 
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SynPiekarza

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I do not think this is a bad move. I mean, Apple seems to believe (and so do I) that App Store will eventually be the best way to distribute apps for developers and to buy/get them for consumers. All they need to do now is get it up to speed. So they force developers to submit their apps to the App Store.

About "App Store only apps on Mac OS X", hmm.. I don't think Apple will make the same mistake twice. They once fell back because of lack of software for their system. They will be forced to have App Store rules flexible enough so that users can easily find all sufficient apps there. If they can't install them, they will switch platforms. If they do, Apple loses.

Either way, the user kind of wins so I wouldn't worry too much about it ;)
 
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aiqw9182

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Seriously Apple, how soon until the app store is the only way to install apps on your mac?
I can see it now: How to jailbreak your Mac

Seriously though, Apple's going to have to remove a ton of their current restrictions before that happens so I honestly don't see it happening anytime soon.
 
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Littleodie914

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Yes what a heinous crime for Apple to want to promote their new distribution platform and encourage developers to take advantage of it.
No kidding. It's like Columbia Records giving out awards to its most innovative musicians, and all the musicians from Sony Music start complaining that they aren't eligible to receive one. :confused:

It's not anyone's "right" to be in the running for any awards. Sheesh.
 
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X2468

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Just give Apple & Stevie boy an award for the most tech headlines. Assure him ego boosting daily publicity to fill the insatiable need for attention, just like any 2 year old kid :)
 
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Full of Win

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Ask Apple
Good. I'm all in favor of Apple adding more incentives for devs to embrace the Mac App store. As a consumer I really like the idea of an App Store that makes buying and installing as easy as one click as well as fostering competition between comparable apps.

Before it was sooo.... hard. My wrist still hurts from dragging one single file to the Applications folder. Oh, and I just love having to pay sales tax on the apps. :rolleyes:

I don't hate the Mac App store, I just don't think it should be a factor in the award. With that said, its Apples award and they can do as they please with it, including making acceptance of onerous terms a prerequisite to compete.
 
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Detlev

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Next they'll want everyone to have an Apple ID to use their services.







Wait…
 
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Sky Blue

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Out of the 14 winners in 2009 & 2008, 6 of them are on the App store.

Billings - On App Store
BoinxTV - On App Store
Things - On App Store
Versions - Not On App Store
Fontcase - Not On App Store
Squirrel - On App Store
Flow - Not On App Store
ScreenFlow - On App Store
FotoMagico - On App Store
Macnification - Not On App Store
Checkout - Not On App Store
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Not On App Store
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars - Not On App Store
Bee Docs Timeline 3D Edition - Not On App Store
 
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