CreoPlayer no longer available

This evening I was sitting on my sofa with my wife and my newborn daughter when I received a call from San Jose. It was Apple. The guy from the other part of the phone informed me that Apple no longer accept CreoPlayer like applications and the only supported way to test apps is to use TestFlight.

I asked if there was anything we can do in order to prevent this from happening and he kindly replied NO. The decision was already made and he called me just to inform us that our CreoPlayer app would be removed after the phone call.

On iTunesConnect I can see that the official rejection reason is:

Guideline 2.5.2 – Performance – Software Requirements

Your app appears to be designed for clients or users to preview apps prior to being submitted to the App Store for review. This type of design allows you to change your app’s behavior or functionality to differ from the intended and advertised primary purpose of your app, which is not in compliance with App Store Review Guideline 2.5.2 and section 3.3.2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement.

Next Steps

It would be appropriate to use TestFlight to invite users to test your apps before you release them on the App Store.

When Apple called, we were watching a movie about a small Italian village, worldwide famous for the incredible taste of the wine it produces. That wine is known all around the world thanks to its quality and for the passion put every single day by its passionate producers. The same passion and determination drove us during the past years and our hard work lead us to create some incredible technologies.

There is nothing we can do against Apple’s decision. The only thing we can do is to create something that our users will love even if CreoPlayer will be no longer available on App Store.

Please note that nothing will change for Creo desktop and for all the new projects we plan to release in the upcoming months. We are currently investigating alternative ways to let you better test your apps.

P.S. we are thinking about the opportunity to release CreoPlayer as open source

4 thoughts on “CreoPlayer no longer available

  1. This must have been a blow to you guys but I can see why they have done it as Apple already have TestFlight in place for this type of thing. The player app is a quick and easy way to test however.

    It if makes you feel better it also looks like PhoneGap (Cordova) was also removed from the AppStore presumable for the same reasons.

    Open source sounds like the way to go so it can be ‘side-loaded’

    • That’s great. Theres a random ‘,’ in the link above when clicking on it in iOS, not checked on desktop. Removing the comma goes link.

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