Mac bundles offer variety, savings on software
The Mac App Store might be getting all the publicity—and Apple’s love—these days, but independent developers still have other ways of getting their products in front of the public: the software bundle, for example. And right now, Mac users have three bundles to choose from, offering a combined 29 apps for less than $140.
TheMacBundles.com is offering the greatest bargain: 10 apps for $40. It includes Caboodle and Cuteclips, a pair of clipboard apps; Chronicle and Debtinator, for budget-organizing; Crossover Games Mac and Crossover Mac, for using Windows software on your Apple computer; DiskTracker, Punakea, and PrimeFiles for organizing your computer’s files and media; and WebPrintPlus, which lets you save, edit, and print directly from any program.
Meanwhile, Nova Development’s Mac SuperBundle offers eight programs for $50. The apps here include TechTool Pro 6, for hardware diagnostics; Hallmark Card Studio Essentials; Xilisoft Video Converter; MoneyWell personal finance; Acqualia Pictureseque graphics utility; Binary Software for home inventory manageement; Font Explosion 500; and Marine Aquarium Deluxe 3.0 screen saver.
Finally, the MacUpdate spring bundle gathers up 11 apps for $50. The suite includes Parallels Desktop 6.0 for running Linux and Windows on a Mac desktop; Divvy, which helps users custom-divide their desktop screen for work efficiency; 1Password password manager; MacUpdate Desktop for software updates; DVDRemaster Pro and Mac DVDRipper 2; Hands Off! and App Tamer system-monitoring applications; TechTool Pro 5.0.7; Civilization IV strategy game; and A Better Finder Rename, a bulk file renaming utility.
The Mac SuperBundle deal expires April 12, but if you snap it up before March 21, you can also get a ninth program, iPhone Ringtone Maker, thrown in for free; its programs are compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or later. TheMacBundles.com sale runs through April 4; its programs are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The MacUpdate bundle expires March 31, and its programs are generally compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Updated on 3/17 at 9:11 a.m. Pacific to clarify Mac SuperBundle deal.