If you're a Mac user, you already paid a fairly high price for your
hardware, and you've probably discovered that Mac software tends to
be pricey as well.
Every so often, though, you can score a great deal on a
software bundle. Like this one: For a limited time, StackSocial has
the Summer 2013 Mac Bundle for $49.99
. It includes
10 programs that would cost $482 (!) if purchased separately.
The undeniable highlight of the bundle is Parallels Desktop 8,
a hugely popular utility that allows you to run Windows on your
Mac--without having to reboot. (It's literally Windows in a
window.) Parallels alone would cost you $80, so if you're in the
market for it anyway, you can look upon this as a huge discount
topped with nine free goodies.
Those goodies include screen-capture tool Snagit, auto-text
tool Typinator, file-compression utility WinZip 2.0, and project
manager xPlan. StackSocial is also dangling a free
digital-photography course for the first 10,000 bundle
These are the full versions of all the programs, not "lite" or
time-limited editions. And you'll be downloading all of them,
rather than getting boxed copies. The only downside is that there
are no refunds, though that's not uncommon with software
Needless to say, if you find value in even a few of the
bundled items, this is a deal worth getting. It's available for
roughly the next two weeks.
And while we're on the subject of Mac stuff, Digiarty Software
is offering its MacX Video Converter Pro absolutely free
. With it you
can convert video files to other formats, create photo slideshows,
download YouTube videos, and so on.
To get it, copy the license code shown on the giveaway page,
download and install the program, then use the code to
I've used Digiarty's stuff before, and although you'd suspect
some strings to be attached, it's just a great freebie.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.
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