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FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 09:22
by rednoah
FileBot is available on the Mac App Store (MAS) as well as an independent Mac app bundle.


Here are the key differences:
  • The MAS app works out of the box and does not require you to purchase a FileBot License.
  • The MAS app runs in a sandbox with limited system access. FileBot will have to ask for permissions before accessing files.
  • The MAS app does not support the filebot command-line tools due to Apple restrictions.
  • The MAS app does not support Automator Workflows due to Apple restrictions.
  • The MAS app does not support the FileBot Subtitles feature due to Apple restrictions.
  • The MAS purchase is limited to macOS only and does not enable or entitle you to use FileBot on any other operating system or platform.
  • Apple takes a 30% cut (as opposed to 5% + $0.50 per sale via Paddle) from each and every MAS purchase, so the MAS price is proportionally higher to account for that.

:idea: The independent Mac app bundle has no restrictions, but requires you to purchase a FileBot license.

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 00:19
by leejk
Hi,

I have the MAS version, and previously I had install the Homebrew version installed as well in order to run scripts. However I had to uninstall/reinstall Homebrew, but now the Homebrew version wants a license. Has there been a change in the license policy?

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 03:53
by rednoah
Yes, FileBot is now available independently of any App Store:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6265

You can request a complimentary license if you need to work around Apple limitations:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9517

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 21 Oct 2019, 00:13
by ziki
Hey. I purchased the MAS version without realizing I'll be missing some functionality (mainly the subtitles). Is it possible to get the full version? It's a lot of money for an app with missing features. Sure, my bad for not doing the research, but to be fair, neither app store or your main web page mentions this.
Thanks for any help I get.

Cheers.

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 21 Oct 2019, 14:33
by rednoah
Unfortunately, purchases from different stores and license systems are not interchangeable:
viewtopic.php?t=6265

I can offer 1 year complimentary universal licenses though:
viewtopic.php?t=9517

:idea: Apple does not allow the mentioning of features that are not in the MAS app. The FileBot website does however most prominently feature the direct purchase options for obvious reasons.

:idea: 1/3 of the money you paid goes directly to Apple as reseller. You may judge their services and policies (e.g. Refund policy) for yourself and then decide to use or not use their services in the future.

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 10 Dec 2019, 10:01
by moonshine
Hi... I purchade the app on the Appstore and then realized that this version doesn't support command line... I tried to get a refund, but apple refuses "We've determined that your purchase doesn't meet the conditions for a refund." Whatever that means....

Is there anyway to "convert" to a universal license ? (Maybe pay a price difference- I know apple takes a cut)
Thanks.

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 10 Dec 2019, 14:05
by rednoah
I suppose you could request a 1-year complimentary license:
viewtopic.php?t=9517

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 11 Dec 2019, 02:25
by moonshine
that's an expensive 1 year license... but i'll give it a try... i don't like subscription model (although I understand why developers would prefer a constant flow of revenue) ... and thats the reasson i bought from appstore ... (shoudl have done more reading about it... )

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 14 Dec 2019, 23:33
by hellojello
Hello

Re: FileBot on the Mac App Store

Posted: 11 Jan 2020, 09:51
by Pinhead
After reading that the Apple store version Has limited usage due to Apple, I may add. Should have done more research before buying. I requested a refund. I got it. Whoo hoo. So I will be purchasing the universal licence full version now :)))))