Most of the Mac bundles I see hit you up for around $40 to $50 -- a pretty good deal if you're getting hundreds of dollars' worth of software, but a little steep if you're interested in only a few of the included items.
That's why I'm jazzed about this one. For the next seven days, StackSocial has the Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle 2.0, which gives you software valued at $399 and lets you set the price.
Well, kind of. The bundle consists of 10 programs. You can pay as little as $1 to get three of them, or beat other customers' average payment (currently $7.40 and rising) to get the whole collection.
Best of all, 10 percent of whatever you decide to pay goes to your choice of these charities: Child's Play, Creative Commons, or World Wildlife Fund.
If you don't beat the average, you'll get the following apps:
- Elmedia Player Pro: A Flash video player that lets you download and play files locally.
- HoudahSpot: A fast file-search engine.
- PhotoBulk: A bulk resizer, optimizer, and watermarker for photos.
If you do beat the average, you'll also get:
- CrossOver 12: Similar to Parallels, it lets you run Windows apps on your Mac, no Windows required.
- DiskTools Pro: Hard-drive backup, repair, and optimization utility.
- Gemini: Quickly finds and removes duplicate files.
- Mac Blu-ray Player: A Blu-ray player, natch.
- Musictube: Turns YouTube into a jukebox.
- Paperless: A digital storage system for scanned documents.
- Snapz Pro X: A screen recorder.
My two cents: There's some mighty good stuff here (which is why you'll want to pony up more than just two cents). Crossover 12, DiskTools Pro, Paperless, and SnapzPro X would be worth the price of entry all by themselves, and given that software developers have to eat, why not really show your support with $15, $25, or even more?
That said, it's your prerogative to cheap out and grab this whole bundle for as little as $7.50 (or whatever the average turns out to be by the time you get there). Regardless of what you spend, there's no question you're getting a killer deal.