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When setting the iTunesArtwork file in Info.plist the file gets copied to the .app bundle - we're encouraged to do so by MonoDevelop's interface, but it's not supposed to according to http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#qa/qa1686/_index.html. The file serves no purpose being in the .app bundle, increasing the total size unnecesarily.
I suggest moving the iTunesArtwork file option to iPhone IPA Options under project's configuration.
Also, I would expect the file to named case-sensitive when copied to the IPA.
I've fixed the capitalization to iTunesArtwork when copied into the IPA.
I'll look into the other issues momentarily.
fixed in git master
I don't think the artwork is an ipa-only option, because MD can also put it in the zip file for for uploading to the app store.
Unfortunately iTunesArtwork is not well documented by Apple.
What is clear:
* it should be called "iTunesArtwork", and should not have an extension
* it should be a png or jpeg (though some docs say png only)
* it should be 512x512 or 1024x1024 (retina)
* it should not be in the Info.plist
* in ipa packages, it should be in the root of the ipa
What's not clear:
* whether it should be in the app bundle. Apple's docs are ambiguous, third party web posts are contradictory.
* Apple's docs says you should have normal and retina images, but there is no information at all on how to include both in an app store or adhoc build.
You're right, the documentation is very poor.
What about renaming iPhone IPA Options to iPhone Distribution (and have iTunesArtwork there) for now? You can add support for the unclear stuff when - hopefully - clarified.
While you're at it, why not rename the 'iPhone' part to 'iOS' for all project config sections?
I don't think it's worth moving the iTunes image selector for now. There's a bunch of things in the "Plist Editor" that don't actually get saved in the Info.plist (e.g. launch images).
The uture plan is to be more like Xcode... have the convenient UI show up when the user selects the project itself, and not when they select the Info.plist. Instead, show the "Advanced" Plist editor when they select a plist.
Now that Mountain Lion is out, Google is actually returning links with info about what the name of the 1024x1024 iTunesArtwork image should be named, which a number of developer blogs have stated is iTunesArtwork@2x (none have offered an alternative name, so it's probably accurate).
this has been fixed