updated 11:30 pm EST, Fri November 25, 2011
Most on sale through Cyber Monday
A number of software companies have put some or all of their products on sale in celebration of Black Friday. While a few are set to expire at midnight tonight, most will honor the discount through to Cyber Monday. Among the deals are discounts from Devon Technologies, Nova Media, Ergonis Software, Macphun, CopyTrans, Mirye Software, Tropical Software and Appcuity, the latter of which can be used to find even more holiday bargains.
Only hours remain for Nova Media's sales on its file-concealer utility UberMask and digital pictureframe utility FrameLoader, now both priced at $2 (normally $10) today only. The former makes it easy to hide selected files and folders (even from Spotlight) and runs itself invisibly. The latter syncs digital pictureframes and similar "simple" devices with iTunes playlists, iPhoto albums or selected media files. Both apps are available exclusively on the Mac App Store and work on Intel Macs running 10.6 or later.
Also expiring at midnight tonight is a rare discounting of FX Photo Studio Pro for Mac, down to $17 instead of its usual $35 from publisher MacPhun. The non-pro version, FX Photo Studio for Mac, will keep its discounted price of $8 (normally $10) through Monday. The Pro version features over 170 photo effects, color controls, masking, color splash, layering and more, while the standard edition offers a selection of frames, styles and effects. FX Photo Studio for iPhone and iPad are now priced at $1 and $2 for the weekend as well.
Tropical Software's secure note utility, TopXNotes, is nearing the end of its 25 percent off promotion, which ends at midnight. The sale, which began on Thanksgiving, is for the company's flagship note-taking and management application. It offers multi-view, multi-column note creation and organization along with password protection, making it ideal for storing secure notes such as bank information. Companion apps for iOS devices that can sync with the Mac version are also available.
Devon Technologies, which makes Devonthink, Devonnote and DevonAgent along with other products is offering a 25 percent discount on both new purchases and upgrades through Cyber Monday, the 28th. The sale ends at 9 a.m. Eastern on Monday. Hardware bundles are not included in the sale.
Ergonis, known for its PopChar and Typinator products, is offering a 30 percent discount on its products with the coupon code "BlackFriday11" through Monday on its online store. When combined with their normal multiple-purchase discount, the total that can be saved tops 51 percent. PopChar enables the easy insertion of special characters by making a visible menu of options always available, Typinator is a typing-replacement utility more customizable than Apple's built-in utility, and KeyCue works similarly to PopChar, but instead of special characters it shows all possible key combinations for the active application. Customers who purchase now will get the next versions (Typinator 5.0 and PopChar 6.0) free.
Wind Solutions' digital music transfer, recovery and migration tools CopyTrans TuneSwift and CopyTrans will be available at a 33 percent discount through Cyber Monday. CopyTrans TuneSwift (now $10, was $15) is PC-based software that removes any difficulty in preserving an iTunes library while moving it either from PC to PC or from PC to Mac. CopyTrans (now $15, was $20) is available for both Mac and PC and is designed to sync iTunes libraries from iOS devices back to a computer, normally prohibited by iTunes. It moves all aspects of the iTunes library on the iOS device, including play count, star ratings and other metadata, smart playlists, artwork and non-musical items like videos, audiobooks, podcasts and more.
The makers of Valentina DB, Mirye Software, are having a 50 percent off sale through Cyber Monday for Valentina Studio Pro, its tri-platform database development system. The company is also slashing prices on its 3D software Shade Standard (now $100, over 70 percent off), with the Pro version now available for $400, half its usual cost. The upgrade from standard to pro versions of Shade are also discounted. Meshbox Design's Christmas 3D model sets for Shade, Vue, Bryce and Poser will also be 20 percent off through the weekend.
Finally, bargain-app-hunting utility Appcuity (formerly Appalicious) will offer a sale on the subscription to its service, which uses a spreadsheet-like interface to quickly collect information about apps and allows comparisons, powerful search and sorting options, discount tracking and more. Both a "lite" and "pro" version are available in the Mac App Store (and from the company's website), with subscriptions for updates being discounted to $5 for one year (saving $3), $8 for two years (saves $6) and $13 for a lifetime subscription (save $9). The apps are available free with a complimentary seven-day membership. The sale runs through the end of November.