Jan 08, 2011: Info about Dejal Caboodle, Time Out, etc.

We are pleased to announce that both Dejal Caboodle and Dejal Time Out are in the Mac App Store since its launch on January 6, 2011.

To keep the versions in sync, here are updates to the non-App Store editions: Caboodle 1.3.7 and Time Out 1.5.7.

The Mac App Store editions require Mac OS X 10.6 or later, but the standalone editions still support 10.4 and later, for now. The next non-bug-fix updates will increase the minimum OS requirement to 10.6, so these might be the last releases that support Tiger and Leopard.

Caboodle

Caboodle on the Mac App Store is called Caboodle Express, but is basically the same as the non-App Store edition. Other than removing the update mechanism, the only notable difference in Caboodle Express is that it doesn't offer to install the PDF workflow, since Apple objected to that in the approval process. This feature is still available, you just have to alias the application to your ~/Library/PDF Services folder.

We probably won't have a Caboodle Free, since we can't think of any way to limit the functionality sufficiently while remaining useful. People can try Caboodle for free via our site or the Dejal site, then buy either from here or from the App Store, as desired.

For existing customers, please note that Apple doesn't currently offer any way to migrate users from the existing app to the App Store edition. So I recommend sticking with the standalone editions. They will always have the same or more features than the App Store editions, and get updates faster, since they don't have to wait for Apple's review process.


Time Out

Similarly, the edition of Time Out in the Mac App Store is called Time Out Free. It is completely free, and always will be. Later, once version 2 is released, the standalone edition will be renamed as Time Out Pro, and a paid Time Out Express edition will be introduced in the App Store. Currently, both the standalone and App Store editions have the same features, except the App Store one of course uses the App Store to update instead of the built-in mechanism. Once version 2 is out, Time Out Free will continue to have about the same features as now, and Time Out Express and Pro will gain many new features.


BlogAssist

In case you're wondering about Dejal BlogAssist, Dejal hasn't gotten around to building a Mac App Store edition of that yet. They are not sure they will for a while; it's fine as-is.


Simon

As for Dejal Simon, that's a tricky case, since it is a very complex app, with lots of plug-ins and complex features. They don't think that Apple would even approve it, without eliminating a lot of functionality... perhaps too much. So for now, Dejal doesn't plan to submit Simon to the App Store.