One of the big events in the Mac community, beyond WWDC and MacWorld, is when an exciting bundle of software is released by a website like MacHeist or MacUpdate Promo. This week, MacUpdate Promo announced a brand new bundle that is currently on sale until Friday, June 12th.
What sets this bundle apart from previous software sales is the inclusion of commercial grade software. Bundles of years past have generally included independent Mac developers who are able to promote their software and gain an instantly larger customer base at the cost of discounting their products. Here we will take a look at what’s included and decide whether it’s really worth the $49.99 pricetag.
This diagnostic software is perfect for finding out why your Mac is acting up or checking in if things have gone slightly awry. This new version of Micromat’s award winning application offers tools to optimize your hard disks and it can run a set of intensive tests to make sure there is no reason to give AppleCare a quick call. It also allows you to load the application on a CD or DVD, so if your computer does crash, you can use the built in drive recovery tools to get your Mac up and running again.
Developer: Micromat, Inc.
Running Windows on your Mac is super easy with Boot Camp but even easier with a virtualization application like Parallels. It allows you to run Windows or Linux inside a window on your Mac. It also offers features like 3D accelerated graphics, a subscription to a year of free antivirus software, and a coherence mode which allows for a more seamless integration between your Windows and Mac partition. You can also use Parallels to create a new virtual machine, which allows you to run Windows without a Boot Camp partition.
Developer: Parallels, Inc
Notebook is a word processor and note taking application. It will record lectures, help you take notes in a class or meeting, and helps manage your digital ideas, all in one easy to access location. Notebook also includes a set of pre-made outlines for those who are just getting started. Whether you’re organizing a short movie, writing a novel, or taking notes for class, NoteBook can help you manage it all.
Developer: Circus Ponies
The built in security features of Mac OS X may not be enough to protect you and your data from hackers and spyware applications on your Mac. The software includes a robust set of tools for monitoring and controlling your network traffic and what strangers your computer is allowed to talk to.
NetBarrier also has a menu bar icon, that allows for the quick lockdown or setting adjustment of your firewall. However, for most, simply turing on your system’s firewall should be enough to prevent against future attacks.
This shareware application allows for complete control over ripping your DVDs onto your Mac, converting them to work with Apple devices, or making backup copies of the DVDs you own. It allows for the ripping of the feature film or the entire menu system and bonus features. You can even watch a preview of the DVD with the settings you have enabled. However, this application seems very similar to the free and open source Handbrake.
Developer: Metakine, Inc
With the age of set-top-box media controllers, managing your DVDs has become a digital process. Multiplex provides a cinematic experience for organizing your library of movies. It also downloads cast information, movie posters, descriptions and more, so there is no need to go hunting for all the extraneous information. Multiplex has a built-in search function for finding an old movie you’ve nearly forgotten about.
Developer: IndyHall Labs
This application has been designed to work in tandem to Multiplex. It is a one window app that allows for the simple archiving of your DVDs. The application creates a file that is playable by DVD Player on your Mac without the need for the disc. Point RipIt to the same folder as Multiplex and you’ve got an easy way to backup and watch your collection of films. With hard drive costs so low, it’s an easy way to create a one stop shop for playing your favorite flicks.
This application, as perviously featured in the Financial Apps Roundup, automatically connects to your bank’s website and downloads your account information. It also allows for an easy way to budget based on categories, like Groceries, Entertainment and Utilities. However, the free website Mint.com provides similar services and includes an iPhone application for banking on the go.
Developer: No Thirst Software, LLC
Paperless was designed to eliminate the filing cabinet in your office. Using one of the recommended scanners, Paperless will quickly scan in your receipts, memos or old tax forms and provide an powerful search and organizational system. It also sports CoverFlow integration and the ability to easily reprint, email or burn those files to a CD or DVD.
Developer: Mariner Software, Inc.
Posterino hopes to free your photos from a life of being stuck in a digital form. It provides a lightweight and simple interface for making collages, posters, cards and more. Some of the coolest posters include 365 images as a way to remember the year. Posterino can grab your photos from iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom and supports Flickr uploading. Finally, when you’re ready to print, it will upload your creation to your online print shop of choice.
Developer: Zykloid Software
This is a replacement to OS X’s default compressing/decompressing tool. BetterZip makes it easy to customize a compressed folder. You can slice up larger files to fit into different archives, open and view archives without extracting, and better manage the creation and encryption of compressed folders. BetterZip supports a plethora of compression formats, from ZIP, SIT and TAR, to RAR, HQX and DD (whatever those formats are!)
MacUpdate has compiled a great set of applications, individually costing over $500. Some of these apps may be unnecessary due to free and open source alternatives available, yet the deal of getting big name programs like TechToolPro and Parallels is alone worth the $49.99 price tag.
I’m ready to click the buy now button. Are you? Let me know what you think of this bundle deal, leave a comment!