The Tech-pert: Get $367 of Mac Software for Only $49.99!
Calling all Mac users! Today's your lucky day. For a mere $49.99, you can score a Mac software bundle with a combined value of $367. I know: it sounds to good to be true. But trust me, it's the real deal--and a real deal.
The Spring 2011 MacUpdate Bundle
comes with 10 Mac programs, starting with Parallels Desktop 6.0
--the mega-popular utility that lets you run Windows (and, if you wish, Linux
) on your Mac.
If you were to purchase Parallels by itself, it would cost you $79. When you buy it as part of the bundle, you're not only saving $30, but also getting nine other free programs to boot. (That's just one way to look at it, of course
Next up: 1Password
, a fantastic password manager that keeps all your important confidential info (credit cards, Social Security numbers, passwords, Web site login IDs, and so on
) under one secure roof. It can generate robust passwords for you and auto-fill passwords when you sign into online services. There's even a companion app (not free
) for iPhone
automatically keeps your installed programs up to date. Mac DVDRipper 2 lets you copy DVDs to your Mac, while DVDRemaster Pro 7
converts them for viewing on mobile devices (like the iPhone
The bundle also includes a smattering of system utilities and the smash empire-building game Civilization IV
. Plus, make sure to scroll to the bottom of the offer page for two freebies (Monkey Island and QuickPick
) you can get without even buying the bundle.
The only catch? The offer expires at midnight (ET) on Thursday, March 31, so you've got only a couple days to snatch up this bundle. (The software licenses don't expire, of course--they're yours to keep forever
Although not every program in the bundle will appeal to every user, I think there are more than enough winners here to make this a worthwhile buy for just about any Mac owner. Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment!
Self-proclaimed cheapskate Rick Broida has been a technology writer for
over 20 years. He has authored over a dozen books, including, most recently,
"How to Do Everything: Palm Pre." Currently he writes the Cheapskate blog.