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Packaging an App for the iTunes App Store

Apple’s iTunes Store is an amazing success story. 133,000 Apps and 3 Billion downloads in 20 months is nothing to sneeze at. There are many stories of companies making millions from Apple. But, before you can get any money, you need to have your App ready for deployment. The method for packaging your Flash file into an iPhone App for distributing to the iTunes store is very similar to the Ad Hoc process with the exception that you only need to create a distributing profile and create your iPhone IPA file from Flash CS5 (New!) .

Publish and Package an iPhone App

  • orange-circle-1.jpg Open your Web browser, and then go to the Provisioning Profiles page on the iPhone Developer site:
  • orange-circle-2.jpg Click the Distribution tab.
  • orange-circle-3.jpg Click the New Profile button.
  • orange-circle-4.jpg Click the App Store option.
  • orange-circle-5.jpg Enter a profile name for your App.
  • orange-circle-6.jpg Click the App ID list arrow, and then select the App ID that matches the App you want to deploy.
  • orange-circle-7.jpg Click the Submit button.

    Your profile takes about 30 seconds to generate.

  • orange-circle-8.jpg Click Download (Mac) or Save (Win), and then save the App Store profile to your desktop.
  • orange-circle-9.jpg In Flash, open the iPhone App you want to publish and package as an App Store App.
  • orange-circle-10.jpg Open the Properties Panel.
  • orange-circle-11.jpg Click the iPhone Settings Edit button.

    The iPhone Settings dialog box opens, displaying three tabs: General, Deployment and Icons.

  • orange-circle-12.jpgSelect the Deployment tab.
  • orange-circle-13.jpg Click Browse, and then select your Published P12 certificate file, and then enter your password.
  • orange-circle-14.jpg Click Browse, and then select the App Store Distribution Profile you downloaded.
  • orange-circle-15.jpg Click the Deployment – Apple App Store option.
  • orange-circle-16.jpg Click Publish.

    Flash launches the iPhone Packager tool and generates (6-10 minutes) an IPA iPhone App file in the same folder as your Flash files.

  • orange-circle-17.jpg Locate the IPA file and then change the extension of the file from IPA to ZIP.

    Both file formats are container formats. That is, they contain all of the files needed for the App to run; iTunes Connect only accepts files in the ZIP format.

    At this point, your App is ready for deployment to the iTunes App Store.

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