Sketch Has Left Mac App Store

For Mac users, Sketch has been a popular choice when it comes to design apps. Ever since Adobe decided to pull the plug on Fireworks, Sketch rose to prominence, primarily because of its ease of use, but also because Sketch offers great value for money and has an impressive set of features.

Few days back, Sketch announced that it is leaving the App Store, and will henceforth be available only via its own website. As such, any future updates to the Sketch app will be pushed via their own website, and not via Mac App Store.

Question is, why would such a popular app decide to pull itself from the App Store? Sketch have provided many reasons for this in the official blog post: the fact that App Review feature takes a week for approval, unavailability of an upgrade pricing model, as well as the technical limits imposed by the guidelines of the App Store, etc.

Existing users can continue using Sketch just like they have always been (integration with iCloud Documents has not gone anywhere), just that upgrades will be available from Sketch’s own website. New users can get a Sketch license from their website and then proceed to install the app on their machines.

What do you think of this move by Sketch? Share your views in the comments below!

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