Mac Corner: Get great software cheap   

By Larry Grinnell, Palm Beach Phoenix Apple Users Group

larry grinnellIn this day of software bundles costing upwards of $2,500 (the Adobe Creative Suite CS4, for example), it’s nice to know there are some alternatives out there.  

Several companies have come up with an interesting business plan, by negotiating bulk license buys from software developers, they can offer a bundle of software, for a limited time, with up to a dozen titles, for a single low price, typically under $50. With a very few exceptions, these are the latest releases, and many can be updated with maintenance releases, and some even let you upgrade to the next major release.

Most of these groups support RSS feeds, automatic emails, and even Twitter notifications, so you can be one of the first to know when a new deal has been launched.

Here are a few examples of some of the software bundle deals:

MacUpdate: While they currently aren’t offering a bundled package, they do have a daily discount page, where they offer current software at anywhere from 25  to 50 percent off retail price.

MacBundleBox: Like MacUpdate, the folks at MacBundleBox have their periodic large bundle offerings, and are preparing to launch a new service, MacDailyBox, which will offer great deals, but for only a day.

TheMacBundles: This one might still be available by the time this article is posted, but if not, they seem to have new deals all the time. For $49.95, you can get the following apps:

MacHeist: The MacHeist folks have been around for quite a while. They offer several deals a year, and in between, have mystery contests that ultimately provide big discounts to even larger software products.

Like a couple of their competitors, a large percentage of their profit is donated to charity, so you can feel good about saving a lot of money. No deals at the moment, but keep checking their site or subscribe to one of their services.

LifeHacker has a page devoted to alternatives to the bundled software that you can get for free.

Along that same line, there are a few sites devoted to publishing lists of freeware, open source, and shareware software that is best-in-class, for your Mac:

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About Larry Grinnell: Larry has been working with Macintosh and Windows PCs for over 25 years and worked as a senior technical writer and IT support professional for a major midwest-based consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment manufacturer here in South Florida. His musings on a wide variety of topics from computers to jazz guitar to strange foreign cars from the 1950s can be viewed at the website. Click here to reach him by email.

palm beach phoenix logoWriters of this column are members of the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group, a nonprofit organization for Apple Computing Device Users, recognized by Apple Inc., with the purpose of providing educational training and coaching to its members (students, professionals and seniors alike) in a cordial social environment. The club meets the second Saturday (1-4 p.m.) and fourth Wednesday (6-8 p.m.) of each month at the Fire Station #2, 4301 Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach (just two block south of Southern Boulevard). Click here to visit their website. Click here to reach them by email.

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