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Get a $926 Mac software bundle for $49.99

The iStack Mac Bundle includes Parallels Desktop 7, a $500 iOS development course, and eight other goodies.


Good news, Mac users: You're about to get a bundle of love. By which I mean software.

The iStack Mac Bundle comes with 10 apps that would normally cost $926. (And people say Mac software is overpriced.) Your cost: $49.99.

Let's start with the crown jewel of the bundle, the program that's most likely to make your wallet spring open: Parallels Desktop 7. A $79 program all by itself, Parallels lets you run Windows 7 and Windows programs on your Mac, no rebooting required. It's a top-rated utility, and with good reason.

Even if you buy Parallels from, say, Newegg, you'll pay around $60, which is $10 more than the bundle costs. And, let's not forget, iStack comes with nine other items.

Among the highlights: Snagit, a popular screen-capture utility; PaintSupreme, an image-creation and image-editing tool; Disk Drill Pro, which helps you recover lost data; and iGlasses 3 for fine-tuning Webcam images.

Of particular interest is Udemy's iOS App Development Video Course, which teaches you everything you need to know about designing and launching iOS apps. It typically costs $499 all by itself.

Whether or not you buy the bundle, you can also get Breeze, an $8 window-management tool, for free.

I'm not a Mac user myself, so I can't judge the overall appeal of the bundle. That said, there's no question that it's a bargain for anyone interested in Parallels Desktop or iOS app development.

StackSocial will offer the iStack Mac Bundle for the next 13 days, so you've got time to decide if it's a worthwhile buy.