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Panic Suspends Sale of Transmit for iOS

Cabel Sasser:

Transmit iOS made about $35k in revenue in the last year, representing a minuscule fraction of our overall 2017 app revenue. That’s not enough to cover even a half-time developer working on the app. And the app needs full-time work — we’d love to be adding all of the new protocols we added in Transmit 5, as well as some dream features, but the low revenue would render that effort a guaranteed money-loser. Also, paid upgrades are still a matter of great debate and discomfort in the iOS universe, so the normally logical idea of a paid “Transmit 2 for iOS” would be unlikely to help. Finally, the new Files app in iOS 10 overlaps a lot of file-management functionality Transmit provides, and feels like a more natural place for that functionality. It all leads to one hecka murky situation.

Panic is my favorite company in the world, and I’m sad to see that they couldn’t make Transmit on iOS work financially. I use the Mac version often. I hope that Apple will continue to make iOS more power user-friendly, and that it’s enough to coax Transmit back into the App Store. It’s all upside with developers as good as Panic on their platform.

James Thomson, the developer of PCalc, has Panic’s back.