Trillian IM App in Approval Limbo

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Cerulean Studios, the developer of the Trillian unified instant messaging and social networking application for multiple platforms, recently described the long wait for approval for its iPhone app in its blog:

    The Trillian iPhone app will manage multiple IM accounts and will feature push notifications and integration with the company's Astra Service for contact synchronization and more. Despite the lack of explicit communication from Apple, Cerulean Studios notes that it is still "ready and willing to work to work with Apple to ensure the software meets all necessary requirements."

    Article Link: Trillian IM App in Approval Limbo
  2. MasterDev macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    I so hope this gets approved soon. I'm dying to get this.

    I freaking love Trillian!
  3. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Wow. Very sad to see a developer waiting 60 days for an app.
  4. iJed macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2001
    West Sussex, UK
    Apple really needs to fix this ridiculous approval process. This is a terrible way to treat developers; the very people that are making you all that money through the app store and through handset sales.

    Applications should be available immediately after submission by the developer. Only if they are reportedly causing problems should they be removed.

    Shame on you Apple.
  5. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    One of my apps was more than four months before I sent an email to the generic developers email in which then they told me what was wrong (and then they decided to reject the binary).

    I hope Trillian comes out. It's doing better than meebo though (which no news has been heard from them).
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Lol underlined for terrible idea.

    Anyway, this is a massive system with thousands of apps being submitted a week. There are bound to be apps that slip through the cracks.
  7. jkr801 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2007
    Remember that company called meebo that had a good app coming out for this kind of stuff?? whatever happened with that??
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Dear Att:

    When this comes out, I will cancel my texting plan.

    Thank you.

  9. thedarkhalf macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    This is what I do for all software updates on our networks. Especially servers. I install it on everyones machine as soon as it comes out and if it causes problems, crashes, outages, etc... THEN I remove them. I mean why bother testing stuff out first?? Just a waste of time...

  10. Shasterball macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Yeah. I would really, really like to see this approved. :)
  11. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
  12. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    The one app i miss from my PC days is Trillian. Just too easy :)
    SO let's get some noise on this thing, and maybe Apple will move a little faster!
  13. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Mistakes will happen in a big system, and we only hear about those instances, not the thousands of submissions that go smoothly.

    That disclaimer made... this situation, AFTER repeated attempts by the dev to get information, is completely ridiculous!
  14. born4sky macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    Looking forward to buy this. For now it's better than beejved it has skype also.
    Hope they will release trillian version for mac as well even though I like audium.

    Good luck trillian!
  15. truhypfra macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    Glad to hear you're using this: I plan to keep it much more aggressively up-to-date than has been the case in the past, but don't hesitate to let me know if you find errors or need clarifications.:cool:
  16. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    it's been years since they first started working on a version for Mac OS X. while a web version is available and an iPhone version is ready for approval, i think it's safe to call a native mac version vaporware.
  17. henhowc macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  18. iJed macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2001
    West Sussex, UK
    You obviously have absolutely no idea about professional software development.

    At my current employer I have prototyped an iPhone client. We're a fairly large software house with products used internationally. What is holding up committing the resources to fully develop an iPhone application is the App Store approval process. We think that it will cost us approximately £50000 to get our application completed but there is no guarantee that Apple will allow it on the App Store. Do you think that I'm going to risk my job by recommending we go ahead with this?

    I've also got my own (home developed) app awaiting approval at the moment. It's been 10 days and it still says the same thing: "Status: In Review." Great process isn't it?
  19. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    I hope all goes well for this developer. I understand that we only hear about the horror stories, but with thousands of apps being submitted each week, why the hell has Apple only invested in 40 people to review them??!!! :rolleyes:

    There should be 500 people reviewing apps, it's not like Apple doesn't have the ca$h... :eek:

    So far, I've had one app approved (although the first version was initially rejected), and one that went into limbo - the old 'unfortunately it will take longer than usual to approve' line. Ultimately, it was rejected twice and I've given up on it, even though in my second submission I removed the features that they told me the first time would stop it from getting approved. My next app is currently in approval - I just hope there are no issues there.

    Please let's not defend this abysmal approval system. It's improved a lot since it first launched, don't get me wrong, but it sounds like it's a simple resourcing issue. Don't forget that, despite Steve Jobs' initial comments to the contrary, the app store is a significant money-maker for Apple. Also, spare a thought for all the apps that hardly make a buck. Apple witholds payment in any territory until it accumlates more than $250 before paying the developer. How many app developers will never be paid for royalties in certain territories? It all adds up. Not to mention the money they make on investing your [the developer's] money between the time they collect it at point of sale and the 2 months later when they pay you (like a bank!). Come on Apple, employ more people - there's no excuse!!
  20. cublah macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Actually it's now $150 and they pay everyone at the end of the year over $50.
  21. naco macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2006
    LA area
    Wow, what a brilliant idea. Why not let tons of applications that could potentially brick your mobile device from not being properly configured loose into the open market where then, you will blame Apple for having a buggy piece of hardware. Brilliant!! Better yet, why not approve malicious software that could steal all of your personal information including recording your keystrokes loose into the market. BRILLIANT!!!!!

    I blame the shame on you for not knowing how far ahead of you Apple is.
  22. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I have been waiting for this app since I read about it on their blog. I have a trillian astra pro license on my pc and I would love to have this on my iPhone. I currently use beejive, but astras interface looks so much better. I will buy it instantly unless it's free for existing astra pro license holders which would be awesome.

    Hurry up Apple you bastard. At least Roboform for iPhone FINALLY came out a couple of days ago.
  23. iJed macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2001
    West Sussex, UK
    OK, by your "logic", we may as well have an App Store for all Mac apps too. Then we can have a nice approval process where every app can be gauged on various attributes known to nobody but Apple. I bet everyone would love that!

    Also the fact that the Google Android store does exactly what I stated and has had no significant problems whatsoever shows how incredibly uninformed that you are.

    I'd happily settle for an unapproved part of the App Store that has a big warning that the apps are not checked for malicious behaviour or even the ability to distribute apps via the web without the 100 user ad-hoc limitation...

    Why the hell have I had to wait 10 days so far without a single indication as to the status of my submission. It is ridiculous and incredibly poor from a company like Apple.

    It amazes me how many of you Apple apologists (who are obviously not developers) defend the App Store approval process. The only people defending this should be the shareholder who make money through the Apple lock-in. Even then, if they alienate enough developers it will have a very negative impact on their bottom line. At least Microsoft doesn't ******* all over their developers!
  24. guet macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2003
    No, it's a farce of a system, which regularly leads to developers' concerns being ignored, huge delays on app updates, huge delays on app submission, and is an embarrassment to Apple. They need to get rid of it, or at least fix the glaring problems with it.

    The only thing that's slipping through the cracks is Apple's reputation for competence and well executed ideas. The rules are unclear, the decisions inconsistent, and the delays intolerable. Overall I can't imagine how the system could possibly be worse.

    You clearly have no idea what you are talking about - the approval system does not prevent bad apps (see the crapflood of Bible and Flashlight apps), does not prevent offensive apps (see the baby shaking app), and does not prevent malicious apps (see the app which sent users' phone nos to a central server recently). So what does it do exactly, apart from cause delays for users and heartache for developers?

    Ever experienced submitting an app to Apple? If you had you wouldn't defend this system.
  25. thedarkhalf macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    that is a risk you take being a developer for this platform. It is not like they changed the rules on you half way thru development. You know the risks going into it. But that's not at all what i'm discussing.

    I'm not saying their approval process is great at all. It may not even be good. but I do agree there should be some type of process in place and not just have a developer toss an app onto the store. The words "malicious code" come to mind :)

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