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  • How to have separate Ad Supported and Ad-Free version of your App. (iOS only)

    So you have your new Mobile Suite app but you want to have a Free version with Ads (gotta have that constant revenue stream) but then you also want a paid version with no ads... well here is how to do that...

    1) make your version with ads per vB's instructions and submit to apple per vB's instructions.

    2) now go to the app builder and rebuild your app but remove the ads...

    3) Download your new ad-free version

    4) extract it... you will then get a file like bf951c21169 rename it to like bf951c21169pro

    5) right click bf951c211619pro and choose "Show Package Contents"

    6) now find the file bf951c21169 and again rename to bf951c21169pro

    7) find info.plist double click to open

    8) in the info.plist find and change these

    Executable file: bf951c21169 change too: bf951c21169pro

    Bundle Identifier: com.internetbrands.bf951c21169 change too com.internetbrands.bf951c21169pro

    Bundle Name: bf951c21169 change to bf951c21169pro

    leave everything else alone...

    9) Now go to Apple's iOS Provisioning Portal > App ID's > New App ID >

    Description: Your App name just Add Pro or something to the end: Like mine is Digital Mayhem Mobile Lite for the Free version and this new version I input Digital Mayhem Mobile Pro

    Bundle Seed ID: Generate New

    Bundle Identifier: com.internetbrands.bf951c21169pro ( put whats in your vB instructions just add the pro to the end..)

    10) Now go to Provisioning > Distribution Tab > New Profile >

    Distribution Method: App Store

    Profile Name: name your profile (mine is DM Mobile Pro Profile)

    App ID: choose the new app id for your pro version

    11) now go through the normal signing process ./resign.sh bf951c21169pro 4LP5C24LFP "Digital Mayhem" DM_Mobile_Pro_Profile.mobileprovision (dont use that thats an example of mine.) if you wanna install on your own phone need to go create a ad-hoc provisioning profile.

    12) right click bf951c21169pro and choose Compress to create a zip file

    12) Now go into iTunes Connect > Add New App >

    App Name: Enter your App Name

    SKU Number: enter the one from the vB Instructions but add pro to the end.. example: VBM5D6D080VMBipro

    Bundle ID: select the bundle id for the ad-free version

    13) next screen enter the price to charge for the app and then the rest of the process is exactly the same as outlined in the vbulletin instructions and then use the Application Loader to upload bf951c21169pro.zip


    ***NOTE*** bf951c21169 bf951c21169pro are just an examples as well as the sku's VBM5D6D080VMB VBM5D6D080VMBpro yours are obvioulsy different so replace with your values....

    This process is only for iOS app... I am still working on how to figure out Android and will post instructions after figure it out and test it...

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    I HAVE BOTH MY AD SUPPORTED AND AD-FREE VERSIONS INSTALLED ON MY IPHONE AND THEY BOTH WORK SO I KNOW THIS PROCESS WORKS.. I SUBMITTED MINE TO APPLE AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE ATTACHED SCREEN SHOT AND IT PASSED ALL THER META DATA CHECKS, Etc...


    *****UPDATE***** Still have not figured out how to get free and paid version on Android Market so in meantime put Pro version on Amazon AppStore only thing is their developer account is $99/yr but first year is free....
    Last edited by SteveLV702; Wed 14th Sep '11, 5:23pm.
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    Steve
    DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
    CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
    TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
    Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this up Steve!
    Adrian

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    • #3
      You are the man Steve! This is a major one for me.

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      • #4
        ya I would also do apk but having some issues as I found a apk editor but its only for windows and well I am on a Mac and can't seem to find one :'(
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        Steve
        DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
        CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
        TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
        Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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        • #5
          And 2 of my 3 Pro versions have been approved this morning.
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          Steve
          DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
          CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
          TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
          Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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          • #6
            Good to know - thanks for updating us
            Adrian

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            • #7
              and 3rd and final PRO version of my apps has been approved after a little hickup of them rejecting for no good reason...
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              Steve
              DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
              CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
              TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
              Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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              • #8
                Thanks Steve, my Mobile app got approved already for a Pro and Lite version

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by babynino View Post
                  Thanks Steve, my Mobile app got approved already for a Pro and Lite version
                  Great glad to be helpful.. Now for being so helpful I get a free promo code for your pro right? Jk
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                  Steve
                  DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                  CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                  TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                  Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SteveLV702 View Post
                    Great glad to be helpful.. Now for being so helpful I get a free promo code for your pro right? Jk
                    No problem Steve, I'll give a promo code and feel free to join our forum... that is if you are a die-hard Mac user

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by babynino View Post
                      No problem Steve, I'll give a promo code and feel free to join our forum... that is if you are a die-hard Mac user
                      lets put this way I have an iPhone 4, wife has one as well, iPad 2 3G, wife has one as well, iPod Touch, wife has one as well, MacBook Pro 17", wife has one as well, iMac, 2 Time Capsules, 2 AppleTV 2nd Gen..... I've had every iPhone that has come out and had first gen iPad and first gen AppleTV... so yes a very big die-hard mac user

                      PCs in house = 1 and only for games
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                      Steve
                      DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                      CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                      TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                      Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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                      • #12
                        thank you very much steve

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                        • #13
                          Any update on In-App Purchase to disable ads? so can have 1 single app instead of 2.
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                          Steve
                          DM Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                          CN Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                          TheFaFClan Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)
                          Audi Spirit Mobile Lite (iTunes)(Android)(Blackberry)

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                          • #15
                            Thanks.
                            4everplay

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