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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 14, 2009 / 24 Menachem- Av 5769

Software bundle makes programs accessible

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are certain things I'm a sucker for, and one of these are the periodic "bundles" of software offered to Mac users at a ridiculously low price. The programs are digital downloads, of course, and if you want a manual, get ready to print it out if at all. But the prospect of getting around $450 or so in software for about one-tenth of that amount is hard to resist.


It kind of feels like legalized shoplifting, oxymoronic as it may sound.


I don't recall seeing similar promotions with the same frequency in the Windows world, but every six months or so, a Web site such as MacBundleBox, www.macbundlebox.com, offering 12 different programs for the Mac in a bundle for a limited time. I've not sampled all the programs, but there's certainly enough here to interest most users.


Why do software creators do this? Well, to get exposure for their programs and gain a raft of new customers who'll continue to upgrade to newer versions, or the next level of their products, presumably at higher prices.


Consider Softpress, developers of Freeway Express, a "drag and drop" application for creating Internet Web pages. Their $79 program competes with Apple Inc.'s far-more-famous iWeb. Not having Apple's cash reserves, making Freeway Express part of the MacBundleBox offering will likely introduce lots of folks to the firm and its wares.


The same could be probably be said for MAX Programming, LLC, a Spanish firm run by a French programmer, Stanley Roche Busk. The firm offers something called iCash, aimed at helping folks keep track of their spending, something Intuit's category-dominating Quicken also does. Mr. Busk likely considers the idea of "seeding" copies of iCash in the hands of users as an inexpensive form of advertising.


And on the list goes in promotions such as this one. In the MacBundleBox, buyers will also get a copy of DEVONthink, an electronic file cabinet that'll hold all sorts of digital files, index them, and help you find 'em in a hurry. Another notable item is a collection of templates for use with Keynote, the Apple, Inc., presentation software.


As mentioned, buyers get 12 programs for just under $50. The sponsors say they'll donate 10 percent of all bundle revenue to Charity:Water, an organization "that brings fresh, clean drinking water to the one billion people on earth that don't have access to it," as the Web site indicates.


The Mac platform is conducive to the downloading, use and removal of programs: in many, if not most, cases, it's a matter of dragging an unwanted program to the Trash folder in order to uninstall the software. Where that's not the case, I've almost always seen an "uninstaller" included with the original program. This means users can try - and trash, if desired - a given program easily.


So all around, the MacBundleBox, and similar promotions, seem like a good idea. I've never found a malicious program in the bunch, and while some applications were not ones I've kept, I have found a few winners in the bunch.


The key is to keep a diversity of programs available to users, letting them try out new and potentially useful applications without a lot of hassle. As I said, it's not a bad idea. The promoters are even offering trial versions of all the programs, another common feature of these deals.


One other common feature: the bargains don't last long, so it's worth moving quickly on this.


As I mentioned, I don't recall seeing many of these deals in the Windows world. If any readers have, I'd love to hear about it.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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