MacHeist Bundle 2009

Recently, MacHeist announced the applications to be included in their MacHeist 3 bundle. MacHeist is a Mac software reseller with a twist. They offer games and puzzles called “heists”, where you can win free software and gather discounts off their bundle.

Not only do they offer Mac apps at a significant discount, they donate 25% of the proceeds to charity. Additional apps are ‘unlocked’ within the bundle as more are sold, with arguably the best applications only being unlocked at the last minute.

This year, a wide variety of software is included – there’s something for everyone, and you can bag a fantastic deal. The whole suite of apps costs $39, and this post will take you through the basic features each piece of software on offer.

Picturesque

Picturesque

Picturesque

If you want to make your images more gorgeous, but programs like Adobe Photoshop or Pixelmator have more features than you need, take a look at Picturesque. Picturesque allows you to easily add 3D perspectives, reflections, curves, shadows, glows, and strokes with a click of the mouse button. Picturesque also has Automator support, so beautifying multiple images is a breeze.

Price: $34.95

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Acqualia

Souschef

Souschef

SousChef

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to share your Grandma’s recipes with the entire family? SousChef is a gorgeous looking app that allows you to catalog all of your recipes and share them with friends and family. If you don’t want to risk getting spaghetti sauce on your laptop, SousChef has a 10 foot mode where recipes are displayed full screen,controlled via the Apple remote. You can even have the computer read the recipes to you. Version 1.1 is a MacHeist Exclusive

Price: $30.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Acacia Tree Software

World of Goo

World of Goo

World of Goo

World of Goo is a puzzle game based heavily on physics. It represents an almost new class of gaming where the game is constantly evolving and keeps on surprising you. The game involves using goo balls to construct bridges, towers and other structures to overcome various obstacles. World of Goo is extremely popular is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and the Wii gaming console.

Price: $20.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later

Developer: 2D Boy

PhoneView

PhoneView

Phoneview

iPhone and iPod touch users know it is much easier to move data on to a device than it is to retrieve it. PhoneView is a desktop companion for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to use your iPhone as a disk drive, play and export music, view and export SMS, download camera photo, create, edit, and save notes, view and export call history, and export your contacts. You can pretty much get anything you could want off your iPhone or iPod touch.

Price: $19.95

Requires: Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

Developer: ecamm network

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper

LittleSnapper is an invaluable tool for anyone who takes screenshots. Not only does it make taking screenshots easier, but it allows to you to annotate them using beautiful vector-based tools. Once you have taken your snaps, you can use the powerful library tool to organize and tag them for quick and easy retrieval. If you want to share your snaps you can seamlessly upload them to Flickr, Quicksnapper (a custom image sharing solution for LittleSnapper users), or an FTP server.

Price: $39.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Real Mac Software

Acorn

Acorn

Acorn

Acorn is extremely easy-to-use image editor. It features most of the common Photoshop tools, but requires fewer steps and a less powerful computer setup. All of the tools are located in one pallet that can be hidden with a tap of the tab key, offering an uncluttered working environment. Acorn also features web export, which allows you to save images optimized for the web, a feature commonly missing from other stripped down image editors.

Price: $49.95

Requires: Mac OS 10.4.9 or later

Developer: Flying Meat

Kinemac

Kinemac

Kinemac

Kinemac is a real time 3D Animation application. Kinemac makes it easy to incorporate images, text, movies, and songs into a 3D animation project. For your convenience Kinemac also includes some ready-to-use objects such as cubes, cylinders, rectangles, and disks. When you are done with your project you can view it in real time or export it into a Quicktime movie file.

Price: $299.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.4.9 or later

Developer: Kinemac

Wire Tap Studio

Wire Tap Studio

WireTap Studio

Wire Tap Studio is the leader in audio recording. Their motto is: if you can hear it, WireTap Studio can record it. Wiretap Studio can record from your system, any application, or any audio input such as a microphone or line-in port. Also WireTap Studio features a powerful recording library where you can organize and store your recorded audio clips. Because of its advanced audio inputs and editing capabilities, WireTap studio is great for making professional sounding podcasts.

Price: $69.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.4 or later

Developer: Ambrosia Software

BoinxTV

BoinxTV

BoinxTV

BoinxTV allows you to create high quality live shows while minimizing your production costs. One person is all that is needed to manage a session. BoinxTV has support for up to three cameras, and allows you to add cuts, graphics, effects, and RSS type crawlers all to live video. BoinxTV is great for video podcasters.

Price: $199.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Boinx

The Hit List

The Hit List

The Hit List

The Hit List is an easy to use life management application. It allows you to you plan, forget, then act when the time is right. The Hit List also makes bill paying a breeze as you can set up recurring bills one time and be reminded every subsequent time they are due.

Price: $49.95

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Potion Factory

Espresso

Espresso

Espresso

Espresso is one of the most highly anticipated applications of the year. It is similar to Panic’s Coda and is an all in one web development application. Espresso simplifies your workflow, integrates all the tools you need, and negates the requirement of many different apps. The code editor allows you to save frequently used snippets to reuse later to save on development time. Espresso also features a built in FTP client so there is no need to take the files elsewhere to upload.

Price: $80.00

Requires: Mac OS 10.5

Developer: Mac Rabbit

Big Bang Board Games

Big Bang Board Games

Big Bang Board Games

Big Bang Board Games includes classics such as Checkers, Chess, Reversi, Mancala, Backgammon, 4-in-a-Row and Tic-Tac-Toe. You can either play against computer opponents, via email, or online against players from all over the world. Big Bang Board Games also has support for iTunes, you can listen to your own music and iSight support, you can view live streaming video of your opponent.

Price: $24.95

Requires: Mac OS 10.3 or later

Developer: FreeVerse

Conclusion

If any of these applications appeal to you, you should open your browser and buy the MacHeist bundle. It costs $39, which is about the cost of one of these applications individually. Also $9.75 out of every bundles goes to charity – previous sales have generated more than $750,000 for various charities!

Do let us know whether you’ll be buying this year – which apps are you particularly happy about gaining at such a great price?