Thursday is Thanksgiving, the holiday season is upon us, and Black Friday is coming, well, Friday. And you know what that means—discounts. Before you go out and brave the throngs of shoppers crowding the malls, have a look at some Mac and iPhone software discounts that you can take advantage of right from the comfort of your home.
Devontechnologies: If you purchase Devonthink (personal document manager), Devonagent (Internet research assistant), or Devonnote (artificial intelligence-powered notebook) on Black Friday this year, you can take advantage of a 25 percent discount. The current prices for personal versions of Devonthink, Devonagent, and Devonnote are $50, $50, and $30, respectively.
Karelia Software: Karelia Software makes Sandvox, a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Website builder for Mac OS X that makes it simple for non-programmers to be able to create attractive Websites, while also giving them more control than iWeb does. If you purchase a copy of Sandvox on Black Friday, you can get it at exactly half its retail price—$57 for the regular version and $97 for the pro version. (In its announcement of the discounts, Karlelia encourages users to donate the money they save to charity.)
Microsoft: Microsoft, as you may have heard, makes this wonderful operating system called Windows Vista and on Black Friday, the company is offering Mac users the chance to score it at just—no, no, just kidding. What Microsoft is actually giving is a discount on Office 2008 for Mac Home & Student Edition. The suite normally retails for $149 but can be yours for just $99 on Friday.
Newsgator: Newsgator, the makers of the popular RSS reader NetNewsWire for both the Mac and the iPhone, is giving a substantial discount on its Mac application for iPhone app development, TapLynx. TapLynx helps people create iPhone applications without knowing anything about programming, and has been used for the creation of the popular All Things Digital application for the iPhone. While it generally retails for the steep price of $3,499, Newsgator is offering it for the much more affordable price of $500 on Black Friday this year. The catch, however, is that you have to be among the first fifty people to purchase the app on Friday in order to qualify for the discount. The sale lasts for 24 hours starting at midnight EST on November 27.
Real Software: The makers of cross-platform development tools like Realbasic and Real Studio will be offering a 30 percent discount on all new licenses on November 27 from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM CST. The current price of Realbasic Personal Edition is $99, and Real Studio costs $995.
Agile Web Solutions: The makers of 1Password for the Mac and the iPhone, Agile Web Solutions is offering both of its iPhone versions of the application for free in the spirit of Thanksgiving. 1Password is a vault for storing passwords and other sensitive information and is highly recommended by the editors here at Macworld. The iPhone clients, 1Password and 1Password Pro, allow you to take your saved passwords with you. Although they usually cost $5 and $8 respectively, they are free until December 1.
Beejive: For the ongoing week only, Beejive is offering its well-received instant messaging client for the iPhone, BeejiveIM with Push, for the price of $7 (which is a 30 percent discount on its previous price of $10).
Electronic Arts: One of the few heavyweights in iPhone game development, Electronic Arts has organized a massive Black Friday promotion of its own. It is currently offering thirty of its titles at significant discounts, some going as far as 50 percent. App Advice has gathered them all into one convenient list for you—grab ’em while they last.
Gameloft: If you’ve ever visited the games section of the App Store, you’ve heard of Gameloft. One of the most successful game developers for the iPhone, Gameloft is offering a bunch of its titles for the low price of $1 from now until November 29. The games in question are Blades of Fury, Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes, Castle of Magic, Hero of Sparta, Real Tennis 2009, Shrek Kart, and Terminator Salvation.
id Software: id Software makes compelling games for the iPhone, such as DOOM: Resurrection, DOOM Classic, Wolfenstein 3D, and Wolfenstein RPG, and is offering DOOM: Resurrection at just $3 right now, a small fraction of its original price of $7. The price will remain lowered from now through November 29.
Pangea Software: Having been in the Mac gaming market for several years, Pangea quickly jumped to the iPhone when the SDK was launched. Today, the company has a roster of nine games for the iPhone—Antimatter, Billy Frontier, Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo, Enigmo 2, The Finger, Nanosaur 2, and Otto Matic—all of which are available at the low price of $1 for a limited time.
TouchMeme: TouchMeme’s iPhone app catalogue boasts of several travel applications such as Flight Status, Trips, and Flights Pro, and also other utilities like a task manager, date calculator, and unit converter. As a special Thanksgiving discount, TouchMeme is offering its attractive Units – The Units Converter application, which usually sells for a dollar, for free.
And that’s not all. If you also need a new Mac (or two) to go along with your shiny new apps, AppleInsider has compiled a very handy chart of the best discounts being offered by Apple resellers across the United States. Apple itself is also poised to offer some Black Friday discounts, the extent of which will only be revealed on the day in question. If you run into any other Black Friday deals, we’d love to hear about them in the comments.
Happy Thanksgiving—and happy shopping.