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Get a $290 Mac Software Bundle for $39.99

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:45AM Tuesday June 5, 2012
under Spotlight Deals

Calling all Mac users!

I feel your pain. You not only paid a premium for your hardware, but also have to pay high prices for software. Deals and discounts tend to be few and far between.

That's what makes today's deal such a find. For a limited time, Apparent Software has the Productive Macs productivity software bundle for $39.99. The combined value of the products if purchased separately? $290.

The Productive Macs bundle includes eight programs aimed at boosting your productivity. Here's an overview of each:
DEVONthink - An Evernote-style information manager that helps you organize notes, bookmarks, documents, and more.

HoudahSpot - A powerful file-search tool based on the Spotlight search engine.

MacJournal - A journaling tool you can use for personal entries and/or publishing to various blog sites (like LiveBlogger and WordPress).

MailTags - This add-on for Apple's Mail program lets you attach tags and other metadata for vastly improved e-mail organization.

Printopia - Share your Mac's printer(s) with any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc.) on your network.

RapidWeaver - Helps you build a Web site from scratch, no programming knowledge necessary.

Trickster - One click of this menu-bar add-on and you'll see all your most recently used programs, files, and folders.

Voila - Capture, edit, and share screenshots from your Mac.

Needless to say, there's some mighty good stuff here. RapidWeaver alone is one of the top-rated products in its class, and sells for $79 all by itself. For half that price you're getting it plus seven other handy tools.

Even better, Apparent Software is taking a Groupon approach to this offer: After you buy the bundle, you'll get a personalized link you can share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and the like. If at least three friends buy the bundle using that link, you'll get a full refund. In other words, you'll get the bundle for free.

It's not uncommon for collections like these to include a heavy helping of junkware (i.e. stuff no one really wants), but I think just about every tool in Productive Macs has value. It's one bundle that lives up to its name.

What do you think? Is this $40 well spent? Or is there not enough here to spark your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments!