As of December 2015, Photics software (apps, books and games) follows a strict code of honor.
- Photics Software Does Not Track You – Software created by Photics does not “phone home” or collect personal data. If you’re buying a copy of Photics software, that’s awesome! It makes me happy that you appreciate my work enough to pay for it. You should not be penalized for that. You should not have to give up your privacy for that. (Note: Photics software may contain a hyperlink back to photics.com. No special tracking is added to the hyperlink. Apps from the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store may send anonymized data back to Apple and to the developer of the software. You can update your device settings… https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202100 …to disable the “Share With App Developers” settings.)
- Photics Software Does Not Require Internet Access – Once you download the Photics software, you should be good to go.
- Photics Software Should Be Suitable For All Ages – No violence, no profanity and no sexually explicit content are permitted in Photics software. (Note: This section doesn’t apply to updates of previously created Photics games, which may have cartoonish violence. It’s part of Photics history. Previously created games may be ported to modern hardware/software.)
- Photics Software Does Not Spam – There are no third-party advertisements in Photics software. There are no pop-ups asking to join a mailing list. There isn’t even cross-promotion of other Photics software.
- Photics Software Does Not Use In-App Purchases – 😝
Before the Internet, back when books were only in printed form and home video games were sold as cartridges, there was a lot less hassle to buy media. You didn’t have to worry about a game hitting you up for more money. You didn’t have to worry if your book was also reading you. That’s the reason for the Code of Honor. It’s the idea that Photics software should be more like the media of yesteryear. Just because software can track a user, doesn’t mean it should. Just because top grossing apps are using in-app purchases, doesn’t mean that Photics software should too.
The Code of Honor is about building trust as a developer, while showing respect to you as a customer.