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I want to get a desktop app to access the REST API.

I currently have set up a connected app and am using that personal client id.

Is there a way to get some kind of partner/anonymous client id so that users using the app do not have to set it up as a connected app and paste in their client id?

I see mention of a 'certified client application' at http://success.salesforce.com/questionDetail?qId=a1X30000000Ha55EAC - any detail on that?

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    Other orgs can use your connected app setup as is, they don't need to setup their own copy. – superfell Jan 23 '13 at 15:25
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If you give your org a namespace, you can Publish the Connected App. Then you can bake the Client ID value into the desktop client which you distribute.

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    The connected app only needs installing if the org admin wants to use some of the access control features of connected apps. Otherwise nothing else is needed. – superfell Jan 23 '13 at 15:26

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