This fun collection includes some great games, productivity tools, and utilities. And with 25 percent going to charity, it's way too good to pass up.
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Mac software tends to be on the pricey side (not unlike Macs themselves), and freebies are few and far between. That's why I'm seriously jazzed about this deal.
Ending in just two days, the MacHeist 4 Bundle gives you 17 Mac programs for $29. Combined value if purchased separately: $609. (It's true: I did the math.)
I'm not a Mac user myself, but I know good software when I see it. For starters, MacHeist 4 comes with popular writing tool Scrivener, even more popular drive optimizer DiskTools Pro, and even more popular still information-capture tool Evernote (specifically, 15 months of Evernote Premium).
The bundle also offers a lot for game fans, including Bejeweled 3, Jurassic Park: The Game, and Sam and Max.
Assuming the MacHeist folks manage to move 25,000 bundles (they're just shy of 19,000 at the moment), you'll also get the awesome BioShock 2. There's also the possibility of getting Corel Painter Lite, which is actually debuting in this bundle, but it's not clear what the sales goal is to unlock that program. (Just to clarify, the aforementioned $609 figure reflects both programs being unlocked.)
Perhaps most impressive is that MacHeist donates 25 percent of each bundle's purchase price to your choice of some truly excellent charities, including Humane Society International, The Nature Conservancy, and Save the Children. You can also split your donation among all 10 charities.
Interestingly, there's a deal to be had even if you don't buy the bundle: you can get 20 additional Mac apps for free when you create (or log into) a MacHeist account and then share the news via Facebook or Twitter. Combined total of those: $299.
Needless to say, there's an awful lot of Mac goodness here for cheap. I see a lot of upside and no downside. Your thoughts?