Thanks to all who helped me get an IOS build made.
Of course then there is how to get the IPA file to iTunes Connect.
In the spirit of giving back to the community, hoping this doesn't violate any kind of a rule. But I'm in the App Store!
Started researching, and amid all the rent-a-mac cloud services, and get a copy of OSX and run a virtual machine under Windows, I stumbled onto a post on Stack Overflow, I think it was, that suggested a link to an app loader that a guy named Steffen Wenz in Germany is building.
It is in beta, so right now it is free. In an email exchange he told me that the service will probably be three or four euros when it rolls out.
I have no connection to this site, but it worked for me quite nicely.
BTW, unless someone can explain to me why it isn't just Apple's arrogance that you can upload PNG files from Windows, but can't upload an IPA, I'd be delighted to hear it. For now I'm mad as can be at them for taking my money then saying, "Oh, by the way..."
I'm crazy not stupid! I created a fake user with super limited roles, then changed the password once the file was uploaded.
I've had several email exchanges with the owner of the site, and he's an ok guy, or my 30+ years in the software business has left me a bad judge of developer character.
thx for the additional information :-)
My first impression was : "Great to have a webservice for uploading an ipa...."
Good idea, to have an upload only account.
I've been doing some research, and here's what I'm coming up with for uploading IPA files:
Apple has an API called ITMSTransporter, that is a command line interface for Application Loader. Runing a Mac in a virtual machine it shouldn't be all that hard to accept credentials and an IPA file, then relay it to iTunes Connect.
If Intel has any Mac geeks sitting around, it shouldn't be that hard to build.
There is Macincloud.com which averages out at about a dollar an upload on their prepaid plan. All logins are rounded up to an hour, and you have to log in at least every 60 days or your hours expire. There are other places where you can rent a mac for 30-100 bux a month at some other rent a mac online sites.
Either that or build a Hackintosh.
Having an inexpensive (or free) SaaS application loader utility would be a godsend.
And yes, an upload only account is manditory for safety.