updated 06:00 pm EDT, Wed March 14, 2012
11 apps worth $378 for $50
MacUpdate has launched its Spring Bundle offer, giving buyers the regular retail versions of 11 top-rated Mac titles worth $377.79 at normal prices for a bundle price of $50. The bundle includes three tools normally priced higher than the entire bundle: VMWare Fusion 4 ($50) for virtualizing a Windows environment, Mac utility Drive Genius 3 ($100), and PDF markup tool PDFpen 5 ($60).
The rest of the bundle includes FTP and file manager Forklift 2.5 ($30);, macro maker Typinator 5 ($33); photo tool Snapheal ($15); alternative folder viewer Desktop Shelves 2 ($15); audio enhancer Boom ($11), which comes with a two-Mac home license; Phone to Mac ($25), a two-way tool for sending songs, photos and other data on an iOS device back to the Mac (along with metadata such as ratings and playlists); and two games, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Ultimate Sith Edition) ($30) and Worms Special Edition ($10).
The offer, which will run for the next 14 days, offers a total of 87 percent off the normal price of the software if purchased individually. The top three titles (Fusion, Genius and PDFpen) have never been offered for a lower overall price. Users who help spread the word about the bundle will receive a copy of the alarm clock app Aurora ($15) for free, with no obligation to buy the bundle.
The limited-time deal ends on March 28th. For an additional $10, users can opt to receive the entire bundle on a USB flash drive, shipped anywhere in the world. Users can also download demos of individual apps they are interested in, or a "demo bundle" of the entire 11-app package.