Tags: $15+ apps
Well, we were given the opportunity to blog about the MacHeist deal, and we jumped at the opportunity. MacHeist has been running ‘games’ for free applications over the last few weeks, and now there’s a great bundle to end the event. The bundle is great value, with a similar percentage discount, maybe even a larger percentage discount, than the MacZot deals. There’s one difference. They’ve announced the apps.
The bundle, priced at $49, includes between 8 and 10 applications, depending on the amount of money donated to charity (more on that later), but for now, let’s take a look at the apps, and our team, along with contributors from MyAppleStuff, will tell you what we think.
Delicious Library is an amazing application, and one of the most critically acclaimed apps for the mac. The ‘inventor’ of the Delicious Generation of applications, Delicious Library is designed for those with a sizable collection of DVDs, CDs, Video Games, and of course books, Delicious Library is an amazing way to collect all your items into one place, and search them.
One of the coolest things about library is the Amazon integration, basically, you can scan your items in with an iSight, and it’ll go out and grab the artwork for you, no Googling for images here! Then, lend out and rent your stuff to friends and family. And it doesn’t end in the app! An included dashboard widget, iPod syncing, voice searching and much more.
And, Delicious Library gives money to charities throughout the world when you buy new stuff for your library from Amazon through the app!
As we said, the app has received much acclaim:
So, can’t wait for Jon Stewart’s America to come in the post - not to read it, but scan it, Delicious Library gets addictive! (And the reading’ll be pretty awesome too)
From Chris at MyAppleStuff:
“This is a Catch 22 product - if it appeals to you, you probably don’t need it, if it doesn’t appeal to you then you probably do. The product shows off the Mac really well, especially the synchronization with the iPod, and has the ease of usability you expect from a product designed for the Mac”
FotoMagico is the pinnacle of slideshow creation from the superb Boinx Software. Integrated with both Aperture and iPhoto, FotoMagico is all about letting you share your photos with the world. While remaining super intuitive, FotoMagico creates some of the best slideshows in the world. Plus, your super-impressed clients can take it home and remember your presentation for ever!
Supercharged iMovie for photos - and it costs $31 more to buy the app alone than the whole MacHeist bundle. Now, logically, what makes more sense?
See a demo movie.
The king of all customization applications. Not particularly something that interests me, but one of the most requested apps down in the comments, so I know you guys will be happy. ShapeShifter lets you skin your whole OS with some amazing themes courtesy of great developer communities, like MacThemes and the soon to be relaunched ResExcellence (now owned by Phill Ryu - wonder how much it cost?)
From the MacHeist site:
“You’ll find ShapeShifter themes for every personal taste imaginable. Looking for something cool and a little bit crazy? Try David Lanham’s Somatic or Amora. Is Aqua too “cute” for you? Try the super sleek SIRO by designer DSKY, or the the darker Cold by Improv, Pastence. And for those of you missing OS 9, there’s even an updated Platinum look by Max Rudberg called Rhapsodized.”
Enjoyed our free copy of DevonNote? This is the next stage. What happens when you take one database for all your important information, a completely unrelated icon and massive amounts of flexibility.
But DEVONthink is not only a simple database, it’s a flexible work environment with powerful management features. It provides you with all the tools you need for effectively working with your documents. Use the integrated RTF editor to write new documents, or open them in a third party application.
Oh, yep, and it looks cool
A true member of the Delicious Generation, Disco hit the Mac community recently. It takes an established need and enhances it in ways that wouldn’t be obvious to us mere users.
Two specific features stand out; Spandex which divides any number of files across multiple discs when the files won’t fit on one single disc, and Discography which instantly searches a disc database on: Name, Disc Name, and Path.
From Chris at MyAppleStuff:
An awful lot of this stuff goes straight over my head, and I have to be honest and say that on a regular basis I will probably only use about 25% of the applications functionality - but wow, what a great 25% that will be. For the serious guys I have little doubt that this will very quickly become an indispensable part of their set ups, for the rest of us i would say “handle with care”, it could well be more than you need.
Wow. That was all I could think when this popped up. “That I wasn’t expecting to see in the bundle. Very impressed”. Was what I said to Phill when it popped up on the site. Fitting Rapidweaver into 2 paragraphs is like telling everyone all the features of Apple computers in 20 seconds flat. And you just can’t do that. But I’ll do my best.
Rapidweaver lets you make amazing websites quickly and easily, with over 20 themes, dozens of plugins and much more. And, it really is ‘drag and drop easy’, and even includes things like flash templates, and the like.
Oh, I can’t do this in one paragraph, visit here, that’d work.
Or, ‘how long has this thing been in development for’. You know a developer really cares about an app when they spend so many months working on it. iClip 4 is one of those apps. With a brand new user interface, and amazing development team. I’d recommend trying out the free dashboard widget by the same name to get an idea for this amazing apps functionality, and how it can improve your ‘cut and paste’
The plugin is found here
The MacHeist website explains this best, so here’s an abridged version. Basically, you can choose any one of these games as part of the bundle:
Pangea Arcade is a collection of 3 great games. In Nucleus, you pilot a spaceship around an asteroid field, staying alive for as long as you can. Warheads has you defending a base against incoming missiles, shooting them down before they destroy your buildings. And in Firefall, you must destroy a rapidly descending alien creature with gameplay similar to the arcade classic, “Centipede”. Pangea Arcade is a completely modernized take on several arcade classics, loaded with visual eye candy.
Enigmo 2 is a 3D puzzle game where you construct mechanisms to direct lasers, plasma, and water to toggle switches, deactivate force-fields, and eventually get them to their final destination. Enigmo 2 takes this concept to a whole new dimension with much more complex environments and all-new devices.
Nanosaur 2 is a continuation of the original Nanosaur storyline. But this time, you get to fly a pteradactyl loaded with hi-tech weaponry. Nanosaur 2 features an extensive single player “Adventure Mode”, where players fly through the map collecting and saving dinosaur eggs of each species, meanwhile avoiding hostile indigenous life. In addition, Nanosaur 2 includes six two-player levels, including racing, capture-the-flag, and battle.
I’ll add here that it’s 3D, and Apple liked it so much, they included it with every iMac G5
In Bugdom 2, while on his way to visit his family on the far side of the Bugdom, a Bully Bee swoops down and steals Skip’s knapsack. Your job as Skip is to track down the Bully Bee and get your knapsack back. The chase runs through a variety of levels, including a picnic under attack by ants, drainage pipes that Skip must surf through, a gigantic human house, and more.
The following apps are ‘bonus apps’, which will be distributed when $50k and $100k is raised for charity respectively.
One of few mac RSS readers that truly feel ‘mac’, Newsfire is one of the most exciting RSS readers out there, from the logo up, you know the whole app has been designed with real class and distinction, to provide an experience above the rest.
And, it’s got great features like integrated search, podcast playback, smart feeds, and even blog posting via Marsedit or ecto.
Text Mate isn’t an application for the novice, or even generally competent Mac user. I think that not only do you need to be a seriously skilled Mac user, but you also need to have a real need for the application. That said, the app really is great for the coder in you!
“Whether you are a programmer or a designer, the production of code and markup is hard work. Without an editor dedicated to the task, it is also often cumbersome, overwhelming, and repetitive. Especially when you are dealing with a lot of files at once — like most projects do. TextMate puts you back in control, reduces the mental overhead, and turns manual work into something the computer does.”
From Chris at MyAppleStuff:
It was also the most “fun”, if you can call staying up into the early hours of the morning fascinated by the challenge of trying to use the application. I must stress that this isn’t anything to do with the application, it is my lack of development skills!
25% of all bundle sales go to charity, and Phill has warned me the price may go up, so get in fast!
Buy for $49 today
Disclaimer: I know Phill Ryu, and he is a friend.