I regularly review great, inexpensive software here on the Mac Gems blog, but I occasionally come across
a great deal or bundle that lets you get some of those apps for even less cash. In the spirit of great software on a budget, here are three current software bundles that each include more than a few Mac Gems. (I’ve indicated past Mac Gems with an asterisk; many have been updated considerably since our most-recent review.)
Productive Macs Bundle
Productive Macs Bundle gives you eight apps, worth $290 at normal prices, for $40. The bundle expires on June 19, 2012:
2011 review): A MacworldEddy winner, this is our favorite utility for printing from iOS devices to any printer connected to your Mac. It also offers a slew of features for saving files from iOS devices to your Mac and opening them in Mac apps.
2008 review): A third-party—and improved—interface to OS X’s Spotlight search technology.
2003 review): A nice daily-journal app for the Mac.
2006 review): An
add-on for Mail that lets you add searchable tags (similar to keywords or categories) to e-mail messages. It also lets you add notes, set and view priority, and assign due dates to messages.
2008 review): A utility that makes it easy to use your iOS for data storage and to access and edit normally-unreachable files.
2010 review): A text-expansion utility that lets you type simple abbreviations that are replaced by longer bits of text.
2009 review): Another screenshot utility, this one gives you the basics plus the capability to capture entire webpages, annotate your shots, and organize the images in a handy browser.
2010 coverage): This utility enhances the Finder with tabbed windows, additional view options and keyboard shorcuts, and more.