Get a $379 Windows software bundle for $49

The crown jewel in this collection is Serif PagePlus X6, which normally sells for $99.99 all by itself.

Look, up in the cloud! It's the PC SuperBundle!
Look, up in the cloud! It's the PC SuperBundle! Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Need a good desktop-publishing program? For my money, nothing compares to Serif PagePlus X6. At $99.99, it's a fraction of the cost of Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress (which, against all logic, still sell for hundreds and hundreds of dollars). And it's nearly as capable as both.

For a limited time, you can get Serif PagePlus X6 for just $49 -- oh, and six other programs, too.

It's all part of Avanquest Software's PC SuperBundle, which includes $379' worth of Windows software for that same price.

I'll come right out and say that PagePlus is the big draw here, as it really is a great piece of software for anyone who needs to design a brochure, newsletter, e-book, or the like. I've used it for years; it's a gem.

As for the rest, well, it's a hodge-podge of "pretty good" and "meh." For example, Wondershare Video Editor and Video Converter Pro offer solid tools for editing and converting video, and AShampoo's Photo Commander provides a nice selection of photo-editing and -management capabilities.

Then you've got Marine Aquarium Deluxe 3.0, for those folks who still think animated-fish screensavers are a neat idea, and GetBack Photo for recovering lost, damaged, or deleted photos -- a potentially helpful utility, to be sure, but freeware favorite Recuva gets the job done for most folks.

Finally, there's USB Network Gate, an intriguing utility that lets you share USB drives across networks and the Internet.

Like I said, it's a mixed bag. For some it'll be the deal of the century, for others it's just a chance to score PagePlus X6 at half price. In any case, all the programs are full, current download versions, and there's a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you're not happy with the bundle. Sounds like a pretty risk-free purchase!

Bonus deal: Looking for an emergency phone to stow in your house, car, or zombie-apocalypse survival kit? Heck, just want something small to carry when you go running? Expansys has the V5 Dual-Band Mini Phone and Red Pocket Prepaid SIM card for $12.99 shipped. Be sure to check out Red Pocket's pay-as-you-go options first.

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