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Apr 17, 2013, 04:25 PM
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StackSocial has launched its second 'Name Your Own Price' Mac bundle, offering 10 Mac apps (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0?aid=a-mfvpon2y) to any purchasers who pay more than the average purchase price (currently $7.99). Anyone paying less than the average price receives just three apps.

Additionally, ten percent of the purchase price goes to one of three charities: Child's Play (http://www.childsplaycharity.org), the World Wildlife Fund (http://worldwildlife.org), or Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org).

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The three apps that every buyer gets are:

Elmedia Player Pro (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5186?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $20 - Flash Video Utility
HoudahSpot (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5190?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $29 - Spotlight Addon
PhotoBulk (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5185?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $10 - Watermark and Photo Utility

Buyers that pay more than the average price also receive:

DiskTools Pro (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5184?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $80 - Hard Drive Utility
CrossOver 12 (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#4980?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $60 - Run Windows Software
Snapz Pro X (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5188?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $69 - Screenshot and Video Utility
Paperless (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5191?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $50 - Document Manager
Mac Blu-ray Player (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5072?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $60 - Blu-Ray Player Software
Gemini (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5189?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $10 - Duplicate File Locator
Musictube (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0#5194?aid=a-mfvpon2y) - $11 - YouTube Music Player

The deal ends in just over 7 days (https://stacksocial.com/sales/the-name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-2-0?aid=a-mfvpon2y) and it's likely the price will rise slowly because buyers need to pay at least the average price in order to get the full selection of apps.

MacRumors is an affiliate partner of StackSocial.

Article Link: Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle Offers 10 Apps With 10% Going to Charity (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/17/name-your-own-price-mac-bundle-offers-10-apps-with-10-going-to-charity/)



komodrone
Apr 17, 2013, 04:35 PM
A lot of people have been wanting Snapz Pro for cheap.

jnpayne
Apr 17, 2013, 04:37 PM
i'm biased, but this is a solid bundle. my fav's are: crossover, mac blu-ray player, gemini, and snapz. lots of goodies for $8+...

Greg.
Apr 17, 2013, 04:59 PM
Mac Blu-ray Player? :confused:

malnar
Apr 17, 2013, 05:23 PM
Mac Blu-ray Player? :confused:
You know, so you can watch Blurays... on a Mac. This is confusing?

WilliamG
Apr 17, 2013, 05:40 PM
Gotta love bundles. Blu-ray player sounds fun.

ArtOfWarfare
Apr 17, 2013, 06:09 PM
Mac Blu-ray Player? :confused:

You just have to supply a blue ray drive since no Mac comes with one built in.

jnpayne
Apr 17, 2013, 06:14 PM
this seems to be a good idea for the Blu-Ray software.

"Add a portable Blu-ray player to your Mac (including playback software) for less than a SuperDrive"

http://9to5mac.com/2013/02/06/add-a-portable-blu-ray-player-to-your-mac-including-playback-software-for-less-than-a-superdrive/

aristotle
Apr 17, 2013, 06:20 PM
Man, I just bought the Mac Blu-ray player recently. :(

Greg.
Apr 17, 2013, 06:25 PM
this seems to be a good idea for the Blu-Ray software.

"Add a portable Blu-ray player to your Mac (including playback software) for less than a SuperDrive"

http://9to5mac.com/2013/02/06/add-a-portable-blu-ray-player-to-your-mac-including-playback-software-for-less-than-a-superdrive/

Or just use MPlayer OSX for playback for free?

iOrbit
Apr 17, 2013, 06:31 PM
i'd been looking for a time to afford the mac blu ray player software for months. i was going to hope to get it for around 30 in a sale. but this deal takes 'the cake'. 5 for the blu ray player software? thats a steal.

i have a blu-ray drive thats been looking to compliment the app.

the rest are a bonus.

Richdmoore
Apr 17, 2013, 07:07 PM
Just a word of caution, I installed Houdahspot, not really knowing what it was. I then tried to uninstall it. What a nightmare. It puts stuff in your services, it installs a helper app that even though it is not in my user profile to start on login, it still does anyway.

They most annoying this is that they don't have removal instructions of the houdah website. You are left trying to figure it out yourself.

I think I got enough pieces removed to not show in services, or the finder bar. I could still have some stuff scattered on the computer though.

Anyway, good bundle except for the lack of uninstall options for that program.

turtlez
Apr 17, 2013, 08:31 PM
Got it, supported WWF for $8.20, donated more via their official site to make it up to $50, just feels a little more legit doing it that way. Using snapz pro and gemini, the bluray player software got me considering buying an external drive, that NEC one looks pretty neat design wise and only $40.

My dad will take advantage of paperless
a bit skeptical about the "unheard of" stuff. Disktools looks cool but do I really need it and also don't want to screw anything up on a fusion drive. crossover might come in handy oneday. Gemini and snapz pro did it for me though. :) Might have done it without the charity even but I would have done charity anyway so :)

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Just a word of caution

thanks for the heads up mate

gloubibou
Apr 17, 2013, 09:00 PM
I then tried to uninstall it. What a nightmare.

Hi!

I am sorry HoudahSpot left you with a bad impression.

The HoudahSpot download comes as a single file: HoudahSpot.app
Typically you would copy that to your Applications folder.
Should you later want to remove it, you can simply drag it to the Trash.

Like most well-behaved Mac applications, HoudahSpot stores it's preferences in ~/Library/Preferences. HoudahSpot actually uses two files: com.houdah.HoudahSpot.plist and com.houdah.HoudahSpotHelper.plist. It also creates a folder in ~/Library/Application Support to hold support files like the license file.

These files are so small, they probably not worth worrying about. If you do, you can simply drag them to the Trash. Alternatively you could use an uninstaller tool like AppZapper or CleanMyMac to remove these files when uninstalling HoudahSpot.

The 3 features listed under HoudahSpot > Preferences > Helper are implemented using a background application: HoudahSpotHelper.app
This runs and stays in System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items as long as any of those features is enabled.

HoudahSpotHelper.app lives inside HoudahSpot.app and is thus automatically removed when you trash HoudahSpot. If you wish to clean the dangling entry in Login Items, you can just delete it there or disable all 3 listed features before trashing HoudahSpot.app

Under HoudahSpot > Preferences > Advanced you have the option of installing a button in the Finder toolbar. This is just an alias. You may remove it at any time by command-dragging it out of the toolbar.

Under Mac OS X, applications can provide system-wide services. Applications advertise their service. The system shows services applicable to the current context in the Services and context menus.

HoudahSpot's services don't use any separate installs. They are part of the actual applications. Once you empty the trash, they will no longer be available.


In short: HoudahSpot is uninstalled by dragging it to the Trash. At worst inert files worth a couple kilobytes will be left behind.


Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s. r.l.

turtlez
Apr 17, 2013, 09:21 PM
Hi!

You're a good guy Pierre Bernard

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I discovered that Snapz Pro is no better than quicktime screen recording nor built in os x screenshot haha. Nevermind! I actually really like Screeny for screen recording. I tried Screenflow but dislike how I cannot select a region. Screeny + After Effects/FCP/Premier is a winner in my books. Gemini cleaned up my iPhoto library for big space savings. Quite happy to get free software (always donate to the charity I chose anyway).

Richdmoore
Apr 17, 2013, 10:01 PM
Thank you for the instructions to remove the app. I messed up the uninstall be first trying to remove the helper app instead if the main program. (I usually leave the apps in the folder, but I didn't want it to run any helper apps if I am not actively using it.)

Trashing the complete app, then rebooting cleared everything up.

turtlez
Apr 17, 2013, 10:16 PM
Thank you for the instructions to remove the app. I messed up the uninstall be first trying to remove the helper app instead if the main program. (I usually leave the apps in the folder, but I didn't want it to run any helper apps if I am not actively using it.)

Trashing the complete app, then rebooting cleared everything up.

yah services are triggered by the main app itself so manually quitting them through activity monitor or a restart will work. The services can still exist without any footprint in resources and they are probably a tiny file size so I wouldn't worry too much. You will most likely clean install the next OS X anyway :)

side note: funny how they call it "10 essential apps" *looks at PhotoBulk* :P

the8thark
Apr 17, 2013, 10:36 PM
MacRumors is an affiliate partner of StackSocial.

Thank you. I want to see this what I quoted more often. So we users understand what is advertising (required to keep the site MacRumors) up and running. I have no issues with this as long as we are told about it. Then it does not seem like MR is selling out or just picking the apps they like to advertise.

So in short keep us informed of what is advertising articles and what isn't and you'll have a lot more happy MR users.

turtlez
Apr 18, 2013, 12:44 AM
Thank you. I want to see this what I quoted more often. So we users understand what is advertising (required to keep the site MacRumors) up and running. I have no issues with this as long as we are told about it. Then it does not seem like MR is selling out or just picking the apps they like to advertise.

So in short keep us informed of what is advertising articles and what isn't and you'll have a lot more happy MR users.

I think it is more of a service to the users than just generic advertising :D I have scored a few things on iOS and OS X because of macrumors sidebar articles + all this stuff is for charity so maybe MR wouldn't get paid for this one.

Macman45
Apr 18, 2013, 01:01 AM
There are only two that would be of any use to me really...Disk Tools, and the Blu Ray Player, although I have other Apps that do that anyway. However I think it a good cause and for that reason, I think I'll donate $15 or so and grab this deal...some of the apps may well be useful on m rMBP.

turtlez
Apr 18, 2013, 01:08 AM
The Blu Ray movie player requires that you download and activate it within 90 days or miss out incase anyone wasn't planning on installing it.

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There are only two that would be of any use to me really...Disk Tools, and the Blu Ray Player, although I have other Apps that do that anyway. However I think it a good cause and for that reason, I think I'll donate $15 or so and grab this deal...some of the apps may well be useful on m rMBP.

remember only 10% goes to charity so if you don't really care for the apps you may as well go to whatever charity website you want and donate the full amount to them. Disktools pro is a good buy though :) Maybe spend $8 and then donate whatever else you want to the charity through their website instead.

cerote
Apr 18, 2013, 01:30 AM
Totally worth it for Codeweavers, DiskTools, and Gemini for me.

turtlez
Apr 18, 2013, 01:53 AM
I'm not sure using disktools pro on a fusion drive or SSD would be very healthy, SSDs don't need to be defragged since it doesn't spin and it would wear out the flash memory faster.

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Totally worth it for Codeweavers, DiskTools, and Gemini for me.

I agree for Codeweavers and Gemini :) The rest I discovered is pretty gimmicky (no offence to anyone out there)

Squilly
Apr 18, 2013, 08:51 AM
So technically it's $8.00 (not $7.99) for 10 apps worth $400? That's 98% off....

Jessica Lares
Apr 18, 2013, 09:00 AM
I already have DiskTools Pro, Gemini, and CrossOver 12. I can do my own automation in Photoshop, and good ol' MacTubes is free and IMO the best.

I hate that they're "buying" sales with the MacBook Air giveaway. Isn't it supposed to be for charity?

TimTheEnchanter
Apr 18, 2013, 09:04 AM
I already have DiskTools Pro, Gemini, and CrossOver 12. I can do my own automation in Photoshop, and good ol' MacTubes is free and IMO the best.

I hate that they're "buying" sales with the MacBook Air giveaway. Isn't it supposed to be for charity?

How is CrossOver's performance? It was that app that got me interested enough to get the bundle.

Jessica Lares
Apr 18, 2013, 09:28 AM
How is CrossOver's performance? It was that app that got me interested enough to get the bundle.

I haven't really played with it enough to really make an opinion yet.

LimeiBook86
Apr 18, 2013, 09:57 AM
Keep in mind, the Mac Blu-ray player app does not display menus! Your standard Blu-ray menu (for whatever reason) is not shown in the app. You are brought to a generic screen that lets you play the movie, go to a chapter, or go to 'other titles'.

While this is usually fine to play a film, if you're trying to find a bonus feature or something specific, you are left randomly clicking on 'other titles' and guessing the item you want to view depending on the length of the feature. Also, when you click on an 'other title' item, after that item is done, you aren't brought back to the generic menu. You must open the disc again, wait for the generic menu to load and the disc to spin-up, and make your selection again. This can be frustrating if you're searching for a certain bonus feature, etc.

I'm sure they have a good reason for not rendering the menus. I'm unsure if it's a technical issue or a licensing issue, but either way, it's something you should be aware of before purchasing the app. From what I've seen on their website, they don't even seem to mention this issue. But I'm still looking...

I'm happy enough with it, especially considering the price I paid. It works well on my 2011 iMac running Lion with an external BD-ROM drive connected via a cheap, but effective USB 2 to SATA adapter. :)

shalliday
Apr 18, 2013, 10:33 AM
Looks like a great deal. Too bad I recently purchased Gemini and Mac Blu-ray Player otherwise I would be in.

GGJstudios
Apr 18, 2013, 11:39 AM
Just a word of caution, I installed Houdahspot, not really knowing what it was. I then tried to uninstall it. What a nightmare. It puts stuff in your services, it installs a helper app that even though it is not in my user profile to start on login, it still does anyway.
The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
Best way to FULLY DELETE a program (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=11171082&postcount=16)

Alternatively you could use an uninstaller tool like AppZapper or CleanMyMac to remove these files when uninstalling HoudahSpot.
If you elect to use such apps, be aware that in most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12527023&postcount=6) and this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=14595541&postcount=21). If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

I would not recommend CleanMyMac, based on the number of complaints (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=14132129&postcount=37) that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=709930). Here's (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1501557) a recent example.

turtlez
Apr 18, 2013, 10:04 PM
I already have DiskTools Pro, Gemini, and CrossOver 12. I can do my own automation in Photoshop, and good ol' MacTubes is free and IMO the best.

I hate that they're "buying" sales with the MacBook Air giveaway. Isn't it supposed to be for charity?

Sorry If I am confused by your statement but just because you already own the software are you implying that this is stupid for everyone else?

Jessica Lares
Apr 18, 2013, 10:33 PM
Sorry If I am confused by your statement but just because you already own the software are you implying that this is stupid for everyone else?

Of course not!

turtlez
Apr 18, 2013, 11:36 PM
Of course not!

Sorry I now know what you meant originally. I didn't know of the macbook air until I saw that you had to be the highest payer to be entered, I agree with you there that they are buying high money purchases and only giving 10% to charity. Sounds like a very profitable way of doing business to draw people in with good intentions that suit you better than what your main marketing point is.

blesscheese
Apr 19, 2013, 08:05 AM
Can somebody tell me why you have to have *Flash* in order to copy the license code?

I find that highly annoying. I have removed Flash from all my Mac's because, well, they are Mac's and Flash sucks...so after paying the suggested $49 for the bundle, and getting to the download page, there it is...I need Flash. WTF?

I liked the bundle, and as I said, paid full price, but I guess I have to download Flash, get my serials, and then delete it again. I guess I'm never doing another Stack Social bundle again...

Jessica Lares
Apr 19, 2013, 08:26 AM
Can somebody tell me why you have to have *Flash* in order to copy the license code?

I find that highly annoying. I have removed Flash from all my Mac's because, well, they are Mac's and Flash sucks...so after paying the suggested $49 for the bundle, and getting to the download page, there it is...I need Flash. WTF?

I liked the bundle, and as I said, paid full price, but I guess I have to download Flash, get my serials, and then delete it again. I guess I'm never doing another Stack Social bundle again...

They are using it so you can be able to copy and paste your serials. There are other ways to do that, so I don't get it either.

cerote
Apr 20, 2013, 03:00 AM
They are using it so you can be able to copy and paste your serials. There are other ways to do that, so I don't get it either.

You can just highlight the serial and right click copy.

Jessica Lares
Apr 20, 2013, 03:52 AM
You can just highlight the serial and right click copy.

Yeah, I know that. But if you don't have Flash enabled, it doesn't even show up for whatever reason.

cerote
Apr 20, 2013, 07:02 PM
Yeah, I know that. But if you don't have Flash enabled, it doesn't even show up for whatever reason.

Oh, not sure about that but I use Click-to-Flash so I can see the button is flash but disabled but still can see the serial to copy.

blesscheese
Apr 20, 2013, 09:01 PM
Oh, not sure about that but I use Click-to-Flash so I can see the button is flash but disabled but still can see the serial to copy.

I just find it incredibly annoying that they have an idiotic method to do something so simple. They could have just put in in plain text.

If you don't have Flash installed (one of the biggest malware vectors out there), then you have to install it, just to accomplish a simple task of getting your serials. Why not just email them?

Using Flash in this manner is like the old Rube Goldberg mousetraps. There should be a prize for accomplishing simple tasks in most obtuse way possible.

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How is CrossOver's performance? It was that app that got me interested enough to get the bundle.

CrossOver works fairly well...when it works ;)

I have a flow for Windoze apps...first I try to install it using Wine. If that doesn't work, then I try CrossOver...then if that doesn't work, I'll go for Parallels or usually Bootcamp.

By way of example, I've had great luck installing late 90's/early 00's PC games using Wine (Gothic I, Terminus, and Planescape: Torment). However, in order to install Office 2010, Wine needed a hack that was beyond my capabilities, so I installed it using CrossOver, and so far, so good...I now have the PC versions of Word, Excel, and Access on my Mac, without having to boot up into Windows. Cool!

coachingguy
Apr 20, 2013, 11:10 PM
I like the idea of picking your own price, and I'm willing to more than double the $9.10 that's there now... What I don't like and don't want to do is give them access to my Facebook "friends" etc...

I hate it when I get looped in via email or some other method because somebody else "shared" their FB friends for a deal... That's a quick way to block or unfriend.

Am I the only one who has problem with this? I liked it, I shared it via my Twitter and posted the link to my FB timeline... I DO NOT want to give them any more access than this.

Again, am I the only one who has this issue? Is there a different way to purchase the bundle?

Coachingguy

cerote
Apr 24, 2013, 03:19 AM
I like the idea of picking your own price, and I'm willing to more than double the $9.10 that's there now... What I don't like and don't want to do is give them access to my Facebook "friends" etc...

I hate it when I get looped in via email or some other method because somebody else "shared" their FB friends for a deal... That's a quick way to block or unfriend.

Am I the only one who has problem with this? I liked it, I shared it via my Twitter and posted the link to my FB timeline... I DO NOT want to give them any more access than this.

Again, am I the only one who has this issue? Is there a different way to purchase the bundle?

Coachingguy

I didn't have to sign up with facebook.