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Financial megalith Intuit, the company most famously know for its Quickbooks application, has picked up independent financial mac app maker Midnight Apps and its popular Cha-Ching product. What does that mean for Cha-Ching users? It’s not altogether clear yet, but given Intuit’s history with their users after the Mint.com acquisition, you’d be forgiven for thinking things are about to go downhill with Cha-Ching. (more…)

Bundles are controversial. Developers rarely get a good deal, and there’s a wealth of mixed opinion about whether they’re really such a good idea. Even if a certain percentage does go to charity.

Yesterday marked the start of The Humble Indie Bundle, a unique concept that lets you pay what you want for the applications on offer. You heard it right! If you bought these five games separately, it would cost around $80 – but you get to set the price.

All of the games work great on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and there’s no middle-man. 100% of your purchase goes directly to the developers and non-profits as you specify (minus credit card fees).

So far, the bundle has sold over 35,000 times, and raised just under $300,000 – the figures may well be higher by the time this is published. It’s a great concept and, if you’d like to support the indie game developer community, be sure to find out more.

Although the recent MacHeist bundle is now over, there is still another great deal going on over at TheMacSale. You can pick up ten popular Mac applications for $49 – a remarkably low price, considering what’s on offer.

Here are the applications included in the bundle:

  • PathFinder – The ultimate file manager for your Mac.
  • Shovebox – A place to put… everything!
  • Supercard – Application development does not get any easier.
  • StoryMill – Want to be writer? You need StoryMill.
  • MiniOne Racing – Addictive and fun game, Mario Kart for your Mac!
  • inkBook – Great notetaking app, with support for tablets!
  • VideoConverter Pro – Easily convert your movies to watch on your iPhone/iPod.
  • Slideshow – Create standalone presentations for Mac and PC!
  • MacGourmet Deluxe – Hosting a Dinner Party? Avoid a poisoning lawsuit.
  • Finance 6 – Organize your finances and stay in control of your accounts.

TheMacSale is on offer for two more days, and ends on the 15th March. Be sure to get your purchase in before then if a few of the applications included particularly appeal!

What do you think of the deal? Is it one that you’re likely to be purchasing in the next few days?

MacHeist, known for their regular “bundle” sales of OS X software, have announced a new nanoBundle. This offer consists of 7 applications, usually priced at over $260, for $19.95. Here’s what to expect from this year’s bundle:

  • MacJournal ($39.95) – A good choice for any amount of writing, whether that’s just a quick note, an in-depth blog entry or a full-on book. It recently featured in our note taking app roundup.
  • RipIt ($19.95) – We recently reviewed RipIt, a DVD ripping application. An all-round winner, and a gorgeously designed app.
  • Clips ($27) – Featuring in our recent clipboard utility roundup, Clips helps you better manage copy-and-pasting on your Mac.
  • CoverScout ($39.95) – A well-designed and useful application for quickly locating missing cover art in your iTunes library. I’ll be purchasing the bundle for this application alone!
  • Flow ($25) – Flow is an FTP app that we have reviewed in the past. We really liked the range of features it packed.
  • Tales Of Monkey Island ($34.95) – The obligatory bundle game, this one promises six episodes of pirate-filled adventure. Unlikely to be the “killer” app that makes you purchase the bundle!
  • RapidWeaver ($79) – Unlocked after a certain number of bundles are purchased, RapidWeaver is a brilliant web design tool for the Mac. Check out our review for an in-depth look at it’s feature set.

You have seven days to purchase the bundle and, as usual, the final two applications are only unlocked after a certain number of sales are reached. Don’t worry – the target is always met!

What’s the verdict? Will you be picking up the bundle for $19.95?

We’ve been waiting, preparing and speculating about this product for – quite literally – years. Shrouded in secrecy, it’s been the main focus of the Internet rumour mill for far too long. Today, Apple finally unveiled the product they’ve been working on – The Apple iPad.

In this article, we’ll be outlining several of the most important and impressive features of the device, and getting you fully up-to-speed (complete with some gorgeous pictures!). Are you as excited as we are? Read on for all the details!

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I’m pleased to announce that we have secured 500 invites to try out the beta of a new OS X Twitter client – QFeeder. The application takes a unique approach, attempting to analyse and prioritise messages based on their content and your previous actions. It’s a departure from the standard format of a Twitter client, and certainly adds an interesting twist.

Read on for a short Q & A session with the developer, and a link to access one of our 500 beta codes. Don’t delay, as they’ll be snapped up quickly!

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Mac software bundles are becoming ever-more common, and today sees the announcement of another. MacGraPhoto is dedicated solely to graphics and photo applications for OS X – the first to be made available for a specific software niche.

A variety of different apps are on offer, ranging from the widely popular Picturesque to slightly more specific “niche” software such as HoudahGeo. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, and for the low price of $39.99 you might be able to grab a real bargain!

Read on for a quick summary of each of the apps included in the bundle.

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We thought that we should let you know about a new Mac software bundle that’s gone on sale today. The Mac Sale is back for a second time, offering a range of different software for the bargain price of $49.99.

Here are the different application on offer:

You can even receive an extra 5% off the bundle if you use the code “TMSAPPSTORM” when purchasing. Let us know what you think of the bundle, the price, and the applications on offer in the comments!

Mac software developers are incredibly generous when it comes to giving something away free to the community – whether in a competition or a bundle. Federico got in touch yesterday to let me know about MacStories Festival, a 10 day giveaway of more than 130 different software licenses. That’s an awful lot of free software!

The MacStories Festival includes a variety of popular apps such as:

  • Tweetie
  • Fontcase
  • 1Password
  • Pixelmator
  • Master Of My Domain
  • Layers
  • Twitteriffic

Almost 35 different apps for Mac and iPhone are on offer, and 130 licenses are up for grabs. It’s a big party, created with Apple lovers in mind! Head over to the competition announcement to read more and enter. The giveaway closes tomorrow, on Wednesday 7th October. Good luck!

I’m always thrilled to see Mac software being used for a charitable goal. A recent email from Jim Whimpey drew my attention to his Mac software raffle, with all proceeds going towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is one of the biggest organizations around committed to fighting type 1 diabetes.

Every $10 you donate to Jim’s Ride to Cure Diabetes between September 1st and 14th will get you a chance to win one of two great Mac software bundles.

The software included seems to be growing every day, and includes Things, MarsEdit, Black Ink, Scribbles, Tweetie, Clipstart, Wii Transfer, TimeBoxed, 1Password, and Family.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, and do something for a great cause, head over and donate your $10!

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