Ad Hoc Distribution of iPhone Apps
So I finally got a version of my iPhone application ready for testing. It runs fine on my iPhone 3G and iPod Touch. I wanted to test it on some other devices so I asked some people I know to do this for me. I read through the article Publishing Applications for Testing and I noticed that some little details are missing to get your app installed on other devices.
Adding the iTunes Artwork
You need a 512 x 512 PNG file named
iTunesArtwork without the
.png extention. I removed the extention in the Finder before I added it to the resources of my XCode project. I’ve built the app and added it to iTunes and the artwork didn’t show up. I noticed that XCode adds the extention to filename in the project. I renamed
iTunesArtwork in my project and everything worked.
Code Signing Errors
After sending out the applications to my testers, none of them could install the app on their device. I forgot to set the Code Signing Identity to iPhone Distribution. This wasn’t mentioned in the documentation.
Another thing I had a problem with was Entitlements. To distribute your application to testers you need to add an
Entitlements.plist file to the Resources folder. When you add the file it has one entry with the name
get-task-allow and a checkbox that is checked. This checkbox needs to be unchecked for your application to run on other devices. Doesn’t make much sense to me to add the file but that’s the way it is…
Final thing I needed to do was adding
Entitlements.plist to the Code Signing info.
So these are the main problems I had with Ad Hoc Distribution. An article that was very useful to me was How To Fix Code Signing Errors by Dr. Touch.