YoYo Games yesterday released what they claim will be the final release candidate of their initial Game Maker for Mac product prior to a general release by the end of the month. The program is available to anyone using the following link: http://appstore.yoyogames.com/downloads/gm4mac/Game_Maker.dmg (note the ‘appstore‘ prefix!).
Discovered issues should be posted on the bug tracker (you will need to create a bug tracker account to do so).
Interestingly there is a new method of providing paid for access to the software. All features will be available for 10 usage hours in an initial ‘Trial’ version after which you will have to purchase Game Maker for Mac to continue using the software. This upgrade process is written by YoYo Games and does not use Softwrap. Although the absence of Softwrap may be welcomed by some I suspect the time limited free access prove deeply unpopular if introduced in Game Maker 9 replacing the existing Lite/Pro combination.
“Throughout this final trial phase (which will be for 2 weeks) we will be testing the update mechanism and the YoYo Games license key system so please helps us and participate at http://gm4mac.yoyogames.com. These keys will be available from the Announcements section at http://gm4mac.yoyogames.com
The license keys will be live for the period of the trial, then deactivated once the trial is complete.”
Russell Kay has said that pricing information should be released in a week or so.