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What Is DevMate

DevMate is development and distribution platform for OS X developers.

DevMate Dashboard provides a full control over your application and customers, displays app usage statistics, crash reports and user feedback in real time - all from a single, elegant place.

  • Distribute your app. Upload and host application binaries on DevMate to make the app available for downloading. DevMate uses Amazon CDN to deliver installation files, which guarantees 99.9% uptime.

  • Analyze sales and app usage. Get detailed sales and downloads reports, conversions ratios and campaign reports. Analyze customers behaviour and application usage.

  • Monitor crash reports. Issue and exception reports are collected in real time and grouped by similarity in DevMate DashBoard. Each issue group shows the impact on your app users.

  • Manage customers. A simple CRM crafted specially for the developers and support guys. It collects and stores all essential info about customer and initiated purchases: order number, activation keys, and more.

  • Users’ feedback. Collect and reply users’ feedback, discuss them with your team, and assign statuses to ensure that no message is left without a reply.

In order to connect your application to DevMate you are to integrate DevMateKit which provides you a set of ready-to-use tools that allows you to prepare your application for distribution:

  • Activations to protect and license your application. Create time and/or feature limited trial versions.

  • Updates based on Sparkle framework. Automatically deliver app updates right to the customer.

  • Crash reporting in real time. DevMate collects and symbolicates issue reports.

  • Feedback. Your customers can send feedback right from the app.

Get Started

1. Drag and drop DevMateKit folder to your project. Check the 'Copy items if needed' in the dialogue appeared; check 'Create groups' control for 'Added folders' group; uncheck all items in 'Add to targets' table.

What's Inside

  • DevMateKit.framework — DevMateKit iteslf.

2. Add the framework to build phases of your project:

  1. Select your project in the Project Navigator.
  2. Select your application target.
  3. Select the 'Build Phases' tab.
  4. Copy DevMateKit.framework from the Project Navigator to the 'Link Binary With Libraries' build phase list if it is absent.
  5. Select 'Editor' > 'Add Build Phase' > 'Add Copy Files Build Phase' Xcode main menu item.
  6. Open the newly appeared 'Copy Files' expander.
  7. Select 'Frameworks' in the Destination menu.
  8. Copy DevMateKit.framework from the Project Navigator to the** '**Copy Files' list.

3. Proceed to the 'Build Settings' tab. Select 'All' instead of 'Basic' set of settings, find 'Runpath Search Paths' in the list and add the following line if it is absent:

@executable_path/../Frameworks

4. Proceed to the 'Build Settings' tab and add the following string to the 'Framework Search Paths':

"$(PROJECT_DIR)/DevMateKit/DevMateKit.framework/Frameworks"

if DevMateKit folder is located in the project root folder or

"$(PROJECT_DIR)/<Path_to_DevMateKit_folder>/DevMateKit.framework/Frameworks"

otherwise.

5. For Swift project create bridging header and add its path to 'Objective-C Bridging Header' build setting of your target if it is absent.

Test Integration

1. Add the following string to the import section of your application Objective-C delegate class file or to the special bridging header of your Swift target:

#import <DevMateKit/DevMateKit.h>

2. Copy and paste the following code to the applicationDidFinishLaunching method of your application delegate class:

[DevMateKit sendTrackingReport:nil delegate:nil];

For Swift projects:

DevMateKit.sendTrackingReport(nil, delegate: nil)

After you build and run your application, it will start sending launch reports to DevMate.

You can read more on DevMateKit customization in wiki article.

CocoaPods Integration

You can integrate DevMateKit into your project using CocoaPods. Here is the podfile:

platform :osx, '10.7'
pod 'DevMateKit'

Activations and Trial

To manage activations and trial you need to have Kevlar library installed which is generated uniquely for each application. You can read more on it here.

Issue Reporter Setup

DevMateKit allows sending crashes and exception reports that can be viewed later in Issues Management section of DevMate Dashboard. Moreover, you will be able to view how issues of your app are distributed by various parameters in Issues Statistics section, which will help you to detrmine the weaker places of the app.

Enabling issue reporter is that easy as just adding to the applicationDidFinishLaunching method of your application delegate class the following.

For Objective-C projects:

[DevMateKit setupIssuesController:nil reportingUnhandledIssues:YES];

For Swift projects:

DevMateKit.setupIssuesController(nil, reportingUnhandledIssues: true)

More info of issue reporter usage you can find in the wiki article.

Feedback Setup

To allow your users sending feedback messages you need to do the following:

1. Add the following method to your application delegate class implementation:

- (IBAction)showFeedbackDialog:(id)sender {
    [DevMateKit showFeedbackDialog:nil inMode:DMFeedbackIndependentMode];
}

For Swift projects:

@IBAction func showFeedbackDialog(sender: AnyObject?)  {
    DevMateKit.showFeedbackDialog(nil, inMode: DMFeedbackMode.IndependentMode)
}

2. Connect action method you just added with corresponding menu item or button inside your XIB files.

3. Build and run your application. Send a feedback message as you defined in previous step. If everything was done correctly, your message will be displayed in Feedback Management DevMate section.

You can learn more on feedback setup and configuration in wiki article.

Updates Setup

To keep user of your app updated, do the following.

  1. Add new Object component from 'Object library' to your main XIB file and change its class name to SUUpdater.
  2. Connect checkForUpdates action of the SUUpdater object which was created in previous step with the corresponding menu item or button inside the XIB files.
  3. Build and run your application and try to update.

Refer to wiki article if you need more help.

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