Mac software bundles are big business these days, and new ones seem to be cropping up on a regular basis. Spawned by the still-popular MacHeist in 2006, bundle software sales always generate a stir in the Mac user community.
Whether this is down to the excitement of gaining a bunch of software for a really low price, or in kickback to the often poor deals given to the developers, most Mac users have an opinion on the issue in one form or another.
Whichever camp you fall into, you’ll be interested to know that two popular Mac bundles are drawing to a close over the next few days.
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?
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.
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:
- HoudahGeo (normally $30.00)
- MacJournal (normally $39.95)
- CrossOver Games (normally $42.00)
- Picturesque (normally $29.95)
- Morph Age (normally $59.95)
- Searchlight (normally $39.00)
- Vinoteka (normally $43.49)
- Stone iMaginator (normally $49.99)
- Opacity Express (normally $39.99)
- Stor (normally $25.00)
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!
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.
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!
With all the hype centered yearly around MacHeist, it’s common for other bundles to be easily overlooked. One great deal announced yesterday is The Mac Sale, offering ten highly acclaimed applications for $49.99.
The software included in the bundle is:
- Flux – An all-in-one web design app which handles CSS, WYSIWYG, coding, debugging, publishing, and even basic image editing (see our review)
- Scribbles – Whether you want to sketch a cartoon, draw a birthday card or jot down some design ideas, Scribbles can help bring your imagination to life.
- Interarchy – An advanced file-transfer system for OS X, including a brand new protocol built upon SSH.
- Iris – A powerful, intuitive, and easy-to-use solution for all your photo editing needs.
- WriteRoom – An application which takes a completely different approach to writing, stripping away all the distractions you commonly find yourself faced with when using a Mac (see our review)
- REALBasic – A software development tool for creating high-quality applications.
- Houdah Spot – The bestselling file search tool for the Mac, unleashing the full power of Spotlight.
- Stuf – The professional clipboard manager built for the modern Mac.
- TaskPaper – A task manager that recognizes and automatically formats projects, tasks, notes, and tags.
- MarinerCalc – A powerful spreadsheet that can “turn data into information” with powerful tools to analyze, communicate, and share.
The sale has started already and will continue to run until the 18th August. An asking price of $49.99 is a real bargain for the applications on offer, and I’d certainly recommend taking a closer look to decide whether the bundle is worth snapping up.
Disclaimer: Although The Mac Sale are one of our advertisers, this is not a sponsored post. We just think it’s a great deal!
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.
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.