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
The Productive Macs Bundle gives you eight apps, worth $290 at normal prices, for $40. The bundle expires on June 19, 2012:
- Printopia* (2011 review): A Macworld Eddy 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.
- HoudahSpot* (2008 review): A third-party--and improved--interface to OS X's Spotlight search technology.
- MacJournal* (2003 review): A nice daily-journal app for the Mac.
- MailTags* (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.
- RapidWeaver (2011 review): An easy-to-use website-building app.
- Trickster: Formerly named Blast, this utility gives you quick access to recently used documents and windows.
- Voila: A screen-capture program that offers improvements over OS X's built-in features.
- DevonThink: A "bit bucket" for efficiently storing--and accessing--documents, notes, bookmarks, and more.
MacUpdate June Bundle
The MacUpdate June 2012 Bundle gets you 11 apps, worth $457, for $50. It expires on June 20, 2012:
- BusyCal (2009 review): Another Eddy winner, BusyCal is a replacement for iCal that offers more features and a better interface. (BusyCal is included only for the first 15,000 bundle buyers.)
- Parallels Desktop (2011 review): A virtualization program that lets you install and run Windows, Linux, and some versions of OS X from within OS X.
- KeyCue* (2006 review): A great utility for discovering and learning the keyboard shortcuts available in the current app.
- Attachment Tamer* (2008 review): Formerly called Mail Attachments Iconizer, this Mail add-on give you more control over how Mail displays and sends attachments.
- Espionage* (2010 review): A handy utility that integrates encrypted-disk-image making with the Finder.
- ScreenFlow (2008 review): A standout screen-capture and video-editing program, this one's been updated significantly since our review.
- Speed Download: A centralized download manager for your browsers with advanced features.
- Civilization V: The classic strategy game.
- Jaksta: An app for downloading and converting media from the Web.
- A Better Finder Rename: A powerful utility for batch-renaming files and folders.
- My Living Desktop: Transforms your desktop from a static image to a video background, complete with soothing audio.
Mac Productivity Bundle
The Mac Productivity Bundle offers seven apps, 21 WordPress themes, two sets of icons, and six ebooks--worth a total of $570--for $50. This bundle expires on June 23, 2012:
- Default Folder X* (2006 review and 2007 video): Another of our all-time favorite Gems, this add-on supercharges Open and Save dialogs to make them much more useful.
- Keyboard Maestro* (2010 review): A standout macro and automation utility.
- PhoneView* (2008 review): A utility that makes it easy to use your iOS for data storage and to access and edit normally-unreachable files.
- Typinator* (2010 review): A text-expansion utility that lets you type simple abbreviations that are replaced by longer bits of text.
- LittleSnapper* (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.
- TotalFinder* (2010 coverage): This utility enhances the Finder with tabbed windows, additional view options and keyboard shortcuts, and more.
- iStopMotion Home: A clever app for creating stop-motion videos.
- ThemeFuse: A set of 21 WordPress themes.
- Glyph Ocean: A set of 1500 icons.
- Picons Ultimate+: A set of 160 vector icons for designers.