In the last month, almost exactly 1000 copies have been downloaded from the Mac App Store, and about 300 copies have been downloaded directly from my site. Not bad; the download curve shows the usual decaying exponential shape, but it is decaying much more slowly than I thought it would. And this with no marketing except for Twitter and a single press release.
Since both versions are free, I suppose that the main reason for users preferring the MAS version is the ease of updating; the direct-download version doesn’t have automatic updating, nor is it cost-effective to have it now. The popular Sparkle framework is over double the size of the entire application, and does much more than I need. When a non-MAS RB Utility comes out, it will have automatic updating, and that will automatically appear in all direct-download RB Utilities; a benefit of using a common app framework.
Update: here’s a common use scenario for RB App Checker Lite: an automatic updater starts and requests your administrator password. Is this safe? Easy to check:
- Command-click on the updater’s icon in the Dock; this will show the updater’s icon in the Finder;
- Right-click on this icon and select the “RB App Checker Lite ” service;
- RB App Checker Lite’s results should tell you if the updater can be trusted or not. Be especially wary of unsigned or self-signed updaters that ask for your admin password, unless you’re really sure!