[NTLK] ad hod Einstein distribution

Matthias Melcher mm at matthiasm.com
Wed Feb 23 08:22:16 EST 2011

On 23.02.2011, at 10:53, Mark Rollins wrote:

> I had mentioned this before, but wanted to again. 
> I haven't seen if Einstein was released via Cydia for jailbroken iPhones, and I hope it is coming.

No, it has not. It is not very difficult though. I wanted to hold back with a Cydia release until we were certain that the App Store would decline out application.

> However there are those of us with a company iPhone that has software installed to ensure no JB-ing.
> For up to 100 people you can distribute an App "ad hoc" if the user supplies their device ID, and the developer emails them a certificate prior to sending the App (in this case Einstein).

> Install is then as simple as drag and drop onto iTunes and synch.
> I'm sure there are some on the list who would welcome this and gladly pay a reasonable shareware fee.

Yes, but it is a bit more difficult. The Ad Hoc distribution is only good for three months (Apple can change that at their discretion, as well as kicking individual developers out of that program if they feel that they are circumventing the Store). So even if I were to give out 100 Ad Hoc licenses, the fun would not last. After 90 days, I would have to generate another 100 licenses and so on forever. This can not be automated that easily, and I know that I don't have a day or two available every quarter to get new Ad Hoc licenses out in time.

But Einstein is Open Source. So if you manage to pool with a bunch of other willing users, split a license among you guys, you yourself can even give out a limited number of developer licenses that only expire after a year, plus 100 Ad Hoc licenses... .

 - Matthias

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