TOKYO (MacHouse) – It’s been a web sensation these days that Apple publicly refuses to continue supporting Adobe‘s Flash, a multimedia format, on their mobile devices. Adobe contends that Apple is a closed company while Steve Jobs says Flash is an old technology. So Apple doesn’t want to allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. But Many Mac computer users don’t quite see the real picture of why Apple doesn’t like Flash. If it’s a near-obsolete technology, why do we find Flash here and there? Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – MacHouse is soon to introduce a 5th Mac application of the month. Available in some 7 hours is called ExtraTunes. ExtraTunes is a simple Mac application that will access iTunes data and add extra features to your iTunes. You can batch-duplicate existing audio and video files by selecting files and then clicking on the Duplicate button. Likewise, click on Convert-AAC to batch-create AAC versions of audio files.
For those who develop Mac applications, two most popular websites where to promote their products are VersionTracker and MacUpdate. Another somewhat popular one is Softpedia. Not all Mac software developers submit their products, but there’s another popular website. Apple itself has a website where they accept software submissions. In fact, according to BookmarksX, Google sees Apple – Downloads as quite a popular website. (See Screenshot 01.) It’s Google PageRank is 7, the same as that of MacUpdate. (See Screenshot 02.)
Screenshot 01 – Source: Apple
Screenshot 02 – Source: MacHouse
Some people may have noticed that Apple – Downloads has not been updated for about 4 weeks. In fact, we noticed at the beginning of the month that there was something wrong there.
Currently, VersionTracker is the only website where we regularly submit our software product. Filing a software submission with Apple – Downloads comes with a small price. They won’t automatically introduce all software products. If they find something wrong with your software product, you will only find the fact of rejection in a hard way. Apple – Downloads won’t tell you what’s wrong with it unless you ask. You won’t find their contact e-mail address easily, anyway. So you have to keep going back to their website for the next 2 or 3 days and see if your product is introduced there.
We don’t submit all our software products to Apple – Downloads. We do fear that it won’t be accepted every time we submit one. After waiting for several days, we may face a tough dilemma. Why, what’s wrong with it? Should we ask them why it’s been rejected? The truth is that it’s Apple’s website. So they have no obligation to introduce products they don’t like just as we have no obligation to take down the article here that MacUpdate has been trying to make us remove. But Apple is also losing their integrity at the same time. Nobody knows how they make decisions behind the closed door as to why this product should be introduced but why not that product.
Last month, we upgraded Split n Join, our No. 2 most-selling software product. Apple – Downloads rejected the previous version. And we decided to submit Version 2 to them because we were confident that we made a lot of progress with this upgrade. Going back to their website after submitting it, there was no sign that they were going to introduce Split n Join 2. Day 2, it wasn’t there. Day 3, nope. Day 4, Day 5… So we eventually accepted the defeat. But what’s wrong with it? Of course, Split n Join 2 is not perfect. But we didn’t find any serious problems. And it was a personal struggle for all of us that lasted for the next several days. We couldn’t sleep. We had little will power to update Split n Join any further. “Is that because of this?” “Wait… Maybe, this is why.” Before going insane, we decided to contact Apple – Downloads and ask why it’s been rejected. Continue reading
TOKYO (MacHouse) – MKVToolPack is back! MacHouse‘s 3rd-most-selling software title is upgraded with a totally new user interface. MKVToolPack 2 looks better, and users should find it much easier to use. MKVToolPack 2 comes with a better progress bar, which smoothly works without letting System’s rainbow wheel take over the entire application. And abort the export process whenever you want (unless you are under the UnpackAll component).
TOKYO (MacHouse) – Movie2Shot is a Mac software product we first released in March 25th. So it’s about 3 weeks old. Some 15 hours ago, we officially released Movie2Shot Version 1.3.0.
Just about an hour ago, we wanted to know how other websites talk about Movie2Shot. So we asked Google about it. And we were a bit shocked with the search result. The very top search hit was found at MacUpdate. (See Screenshot 01.) Hmm… That is odd. We haven’t even submitted Movie2Shot to MacUpdate. So why is it there? In fact, we don’t even visit MacUpdate. One of us made the last visit probably some 2 weeks before. Anyway, clicking on Google’s top search result, we were shocked more. Continue reading