Panic's Coda 2.5 leaving Mac App Store, staying awesome

Panic's Coda is one of the best all-in-one web editors on the Mac, but when version 2.5 hits, it will no longer be in the Mac App Store. The reason? Sandboxing. Both Panic and Apple tried everything they could to make Coda, a complex development tool, work within the confines of the Mac App Store but it just couldn't come together, at least not in a way that fit the release schedule. Here's what they had to say about the transition on the Panic Blog:

I bought Coda in the App Store. What do I need to do?

Nothing right now. Keep App Store Coda on your system and use it.

Then, when Coda 2.5 is released, you'll simply download Coda 2.5 directly from our website. It'll locate your installed Mac App Store copy, and it will unlock. That's it. You've transitioned. Free of charge.

I use Coda 2 just about every day. I know it must be incredibly frustrating to everyone involved, from Panic to Apple to customers, that this couldn't work. It's just one more reminder that, while the Mac App Store has amazing benefits, it also has real limitations. Hopefully, eventually, a solution can be found that keeps the Mac App Store secure and simple for customers and yet opens up the entitlements developers like Panic need to make apps the caliber of Coda.

If you're a Coda user, or a Mac App Store user, let me know — what do you think about the transition back to the web?