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App power index: 180 (based on ranks around App Stores today)
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Developer: Vegas Media Group
Price: 0 free
Current version: 1.8.5, last update: 11 months ago
First release : 28 Mar 2011
App size: 666.6 Kb
4.6 ( 2596 ratings )
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> 3.96k
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~ $ 1.62k
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BetaBuilder for iOS Applications is a tool for easing the pain of the iOS ad-hoc beta process.

For the past few years, we’ve had to go through the same song and dance: gather device IDs, create ad-hoc builds and then try to explain to users how to install them via iTunes. This can be trying for even technical users and non-technical users can get totally flummoxed. Let’s not even talk about people on Windows where the files often unzip in strange ways, leaving them totally confused.

Thankfully, Apple has made incremental improvements to this process over time. iOS 4.0 brings Web-based, wireless distribution of ad-hoc apps and the ability to embed provisioning profiles right into the IPA bundle. Your beta users can now install the software without ever using iTunes at all!

The only problem is that it’s not really documented, at least not in an end-to-end manner. On top of that, while Xcode can help you create some of the files needed for distribution, it doesn’t seem to go all the way.

I wanted to use this method to distribute my beta apps but I found myself creating the required XML and HTML files over and over again. There had to be a better way.

Enter BetaBuilder – a simple MacOS X app takes your archived IPA file and creates the required manifest and HTML files for wireless distribution. It even zips up a copy of the app for folks on 3.x that need to install via iTunes.

Just drag and drop your IPA file and specify the URL where it will be deployed to create the required HTML and manifest files.

++ The Process ++

How does this work? Heres the step-by-step:

1. Create your provisioning profile for an ad-hoc build with whatever devices you want to allow.
2. Configure and build your IPA using Archive (Xcode 4) and then Share. This will produce a .ipa file with the provisioning profiles embedded.
3. Drag and drop that IPA on top of the BetaBuilder icon - the data should pre-populate into the app.
4. Enter the URL where the app will be published - this needs to match where the app will live online.
5. Click the button to generate the files - upload and go!

To use this app, you still need to sign your app using Xcode and have an available Web server with a valid SSL certificate to publish the generated files.

This app does not subvert the ad-hoc publishing process - it works within the existing framework of tools and options.

++ Extra Features ++

BetaBuilder allows you to use custom HTML if youd like change the look and feel of the generated files. Just create your own template in the Application Support directory.
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Country Price
Canada 13.99 CAD
China 68 CNY
France 10.99 EUR
Germany 10.99 EUR
Italy 10.99 EUR
Netherlands 10.99 EUR
Portugal 10.99 EUR
Spain 10.99 EUR
Poland 10.99 EUR
UK 9.99 GBP
India 799 INR
Japan 999.99 JPY
Poland 47.99 PLN
Russia 749 RUB
Turkey 44.99 TRY
USA 9.99 USD
Korea, Republic Of 10.99 USD
Ukraine 9.99 USD
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perfect for beta distribution

This works well and indeed really facilitate beta distribution. Thanks for the app!

Distribution made easy

super einfach in der Bedienung, funktioniert auch für große IPAs >500 mb ohne Probleme! Absolut empfehlenswert!

Nice, but one thing to do!

First of all, its a really nice app and makes ad-hoc distribution much more easier than apple does. But the OTA-link does not work on my iOS5 iPhone 4S. What can i do there?

OTA does not work

bought it for OTA ): and OTA does not work on iOS5 …

Just works

Just working as it should. Thanks a lot. There are some critical issues in OTA, which need to be considered aside from this helpful app: - full qualified bundle names (no *) - special settings on IIS (MIME Types .ipa and .plist) - we had problems with https instead of http - exact URL (dont include / at the end) Nothing the app can do anything on (perhaps check the last point). So again: App is working perfectly (we used Xcode 4.5 and iOS4,5 and 6), but the whole thing of OTA need to be done very carefully


Bequem und schnell Apps OTA zum Testen ausliefern. Das Tool ersparrt einem viel Arbeit.

Schnell, schön und funktioniert

Beschleunigt den Vorgang ungemein und tut was es soll. Die App fügt zu dem eigentlichen installieren noch ein paar Helferlein hinzu (Https Hinweis), von daher sehr empfehlenswert. Der Preis ist hier das einzige manko, spart aber Zeit, von daher tweilweise gerechtfertigt.

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