The new version of Realmac Software’s RapidWeaver was released today with quite a few new features, including new themes, a new user interface, additional add-ons, responsive previews, and support for OS X Mavericks and Yosemite features (versioning, autosave, and full-screen). We’ll have a review coming in the future, but the most notable thing for me is that it no longer is in the Mac App Store, joining BBEdit and Coda, as mentioned in a blog post:
RapidWeaver 6 is our biggest app with a incredibly loyal following, and we’ve been making sure that RapidWeaver 6 is fully ready for the Mac App Store. However, given the size of the launch, and our desire to ensure that customers are able to easily contact us if they need help with their move to version 6, we’re not going to be offering RapidWeaver 6 on the Mac App Store just yet.
While “yet” is the operating word, it does demonstrate the frustrations many developers have faced from a feature and customer service standpoint when Apple is the middleman. There’s also upgrade pricing of $39.99 from any prior version, another thing that cannot be done on the Mac App Store.