Lightroom: Is there a difference between App Store version and regular (disk/download) version?

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Is there a difference between App Store version of Lightroom and the regular (disk/download) version?

If so, what are the differences?

In particular, is their a difference in security policies? e.g. sandbox...
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I heard Lr is NOT sandboxed, yet @2012-07-27.

I also saw this recently at:
http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/05/1...



So, what's the story?
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I'm not sure what, of any issues there are concerning sandboxing with Lightroom from the App Store ... I'm not sure if Lr is designed to access and read/modify/write any data outside of it's own realm that would be an issue with Apple's guidelines. I would think Lr met Apple's changes in the sandboxing guidelines for the Mac App Store, since the original deadline was slated for Nov. of 2011, then extended to March 2012, then extended once again in Feb 2012 to the June 1 deadline ... Adobe had to be aware of any of these issues well in advance to offering Lr via the App Store ...

I have not purchased Lr from the App Store myself, so I can't say for sure, but two folks I'm acquainted with have and I don't recall them ever sharing any problems in relationship to the App Store version of Lr ....

The main difference between the App Store version is it is only available in the Mac OS (no Windows version download that I am aware of) ... you can install and use it on up to five computers that you own using your Apple ID account ... you don't have to enter a serial number or register the app with Adobe, that is all done behind the scenes through your iTunes account ... also I am pretty sure all updates are handled through the App Store application there is no option to download updates from the developer directly (although I could be wrong on this as I have not tried to do this with apps I purchased in the App Store) ... and there is still much speculation if, or when the Mac App Store will offer the ability to upgrade to future versions of apps ... thus far, there is no definitive upgrade path.

At least this is how I understand the differences ... though I may have missed something along the way in recent weeks ...
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Thanks Butch,

A community professional recently told me he was *certain* the app store version of Lr is *not* sandboxed. For same reasons as you gave, I would expect that it *is*. Maybe I misunderstood him. But anyway, this topic got started because some plugins won't run on some user's Macs, and on other Macs they run just fine.

The problem is that there is an error when submitting text scripts to the osascript interpreter, *presumably* due to some security restriction.

If anybody has any ideas regarding the aforementioned issue, please do tell...

Rob
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Well ... it is very likely there is a security issue with the plugins in question working with the App Store version ... after all, that is what the sandboxing is all about ... integrity of security ... that's the whole point ... closing backdoors and loopholes so malware can't enter or execute where it is not wanted ... unfortunately ... it can cause these types of issues with legitimate and well-intended software as well ...
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At this point, I know the restrictive behavior is sometimes exhibited by non-AppStore versions of Lightroom. Are there any Mac users that can shed any more specific light on this dilemma? Why would one Mac allow text scripts to be submitted to osascript by a plugin, and another not???