I thought I would have a version of Bother available on the Mac App Store quickly after I released the non-MAS version. Sadly it got rejected by the App Review Board, so it won’t be available at all.
Before I begin, I would like to point out that this isn’t meant to be a “App Review Board hate” blog post. Even though I’m a bit annoyed that my app got rejected, I understand why it happened.
I’m mostly writing this post to be transparent about why it’s not on the Mac App Store, since I already added download links on the website.
About one week after it was uploaded, it got rejected because of a bug (the same that was fixed in 1.0.1). It was small and didn’t crash the app so it seemed a bit overkill, but I fixed it and waited for another review.
This is the message I received after the second review:
At first I didn’t understand what they meant. Was there a typo in my description so they misunderstood the point of my app? Or did they not like that I used Notification Center at all for this purpose?
I took a look but couldn’t find anything that was wrong in my description, I even had a screenshot with a huge notification so I thought everything was pretty clear. So I decided to submit an appeal to the App Review Board. I’m afraid that I don’t have a copy of the full message I wrote, since the appeal is done through a web form. I was basically asking what for more details on what they meant, and mentioned that those who had tested the app liked the way it used Notification Center.
Here’s the response I got from that:
So in the end, it seems like Apple doesn’t think notifications should be used for anything else than that; notifications. I feel like they are treating notifications on OS X the same way as on iOS, which is a shame since I personally feel like there are a lot more room for these kinds of tasks on a desktop environment.
Bother is still available to purchase on my website. Check out the 7 day trial if you haven’t already!