Update: I’ve done a full review of Daylite 4 now.
I’ve been looking off and on for an app/service that will let me run my business from end to end. I already use Billings (AppStore) as my estimating and invoicing tool and I’ve looked at Daylite (should be on the AppStore soon) a few times.
The thing that has always stopped my from even trying Daylite is the server setup. I’m simply too lazy to call support and get assistance with setting up a server for my Daylite data. With Daylite 4 they now want me to sign up for some email list, which will probably stop me from trying it still.
Judging from this review I might be missing out on a decent product though. Still I see a serious flaw.
The release date for Daylite 4 was pushed up a bit in order to come in before the June 1 App Store sandboxing rules take effect. Any new apps submitted to the App Store after June 1 must fully comply with Apple’s sandboxing rules, which limit the privileges apps can request in accessing system resources. Because of the sophistication of Daylite’s different components that allows the Mac and iOS apps to sync information, Daylite 4 would have been significantly delayed by the extra engineering effort to fully sandbox the software.
I certainly understand that the sandboxing rules for the AppStore are still bit half baked, but rushing a product to get in under them? In theory it sounds great but come June 1st will there be updates? How long will it take to get updates that do match up with the sandboxing rules?
Even if I do decide to sign up for their email list, I’ll be watching Daylite for at least a few months first to see if their AppStore plan really works out.