MacUpdate Bundle: 10 Apps for $49.99, Including FotoMagico, ScreenFlow, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A few times a year, MacRumors partners with MacUpdate to promote a Mac application bundle deal. MacUpdate's latest bundle includes ten apps for $49.99, with a value of $564 if they were to be purchased separately.

    The bundle offer has just been extended by one week, giving interested users an additional opportunity to purchase the apps. The first 15,000 buyers will also receive two-time Apple Design Award winner FotoMagico 4, and all titles are compatible with OS X Mavericks.

    The full bundle of apps includes (retail prices in parentheses):

    - ScreenFlow 4 ($99.99): Screen recording and editing
    - TechTool Pro 7 ($99.99): Mac troubleshooting tool with support for OS X Mavericks
    - PDFpen 6 ($59.99): PDF editing tool with support for annotations, optical character recognition, and more
    - Civilization V: Gold Edition ($49.99): Turn-based strategy game with Gods & Kings expansion pack included
    - Snapheal Pro ($39.99): Fix imperfections and remove objects from photos
    - DeltaWalker 1.9 with free upgrade to 2.0 ($39.95): Compare and synchronize files and folders
    - Choco 2 ($29.99): Create photo collages from over 100 editable templates
    - Vitamin-R 2.0 ($29.95): Monitor your work patterns for increased productivity
    - Aurora 5 ($14.95): Sleep timer and alarm clock for Mac

    Bonus for first 15,000 buyers:

    - FotoMagico 4 ($99.99): Create professional-looking photo slideshows

    Bundle customers also have the option of purchasing three individual add-ons at discounted prices:

    - Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion Pack ($30 value for $19.99): Adds international trade with emphasis on culture and diplomacy
    - PDFpen Pro 6 ($40 value for $19.99): Adds website to multi-page PDF conversion, PDF form creation, and PDF Table of Contents organization
    - DeltaWalker Oro Edition ($35 value for $9.99): Adds three-way comparison and auto-merging, XML visualization, and access to all three platform versions (Mac, Windows, and Linux)

    Finally, users can receive a free copy of train simulator application Rails by simply tweeting about the bundle. No purchase necessary.

    All apps together are being sold for $49.99 through October 9. MacRumors is a promotional partner with MacUpdate. Bundle sales through links in this article benefit MacRumors financially, and provide a way for readers to directly support this site.

    Article Link: MacUpdate Bundle: 10 Apps for $49.99, Including FotoMagico, ScreenFlow, and More
  2. dleon84 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2010
  3. 9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2013
  4. Dambuster43 macrumors member

    May 20, 2013
    Glass half spilt view may be a bargain IF they can be used! As yet I cannot see I need anybof them.
    If this is a regular thing...what about a poll from a suggested selection of apps.... Just my thoughts..
  5. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I used to do the bundle thing. You typically get 1-3 apps you can use and the rest that you really never do. This doesn't look appealing. I tried DeltaWalker at some point and wasn't impressed. I've used Visual Differ instead. Really none of the comparison apps are that great. ScreenFlow. Is it better than SnapzProX? PDFPen - If you need Acrobat, get Acrobat.
  6. jan1024188 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
  7. CTYankee macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    If you do any screen casting, Screenflow is great and makes this bundle worth it. However they tend to put it in bundles when a new version is coming.

    I don't buy bundles anymore. I have GB of software I never use that came alongside many good programs I do use daily. I don't have any needs that are not met with what I have, and frankly the bundles no longer have the good stuff. Thats all on the App store or just never in bundles (Omni, Panic, et al).
  8. TrashCanBin macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2013
    Just same applications in random order. Big meh.
  9. mkrndll macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Screenflow is very useful and well done. Whenever I get tech question from anyone from my family or social circle, I just shoot a fast video with it.

    Has anyone here used PDFpen? How is its OCR feature? If not use, maybe you can recommend a good alternative?
  10. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    I use QuickTime to do screen recordings. Is ScreenFlow better than that?
  11. RedTomato macrumors 601


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I've seen Vitamin-R reccomended for people with ADHD / problems with focus. Thinking of getting it myself. Anyone here any experience with that kind of thing?
  12. alexmshore macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2011
    Quick question for anyone who has bought these bundles before:

    Is it possible just to download and install just the apps you want after purchase?
  13. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    I wouldn’t say I have major issues with focussing, but I did find Vitamin-R useful – this was the previous version and I bought it on special offer via the Mac App Store. Although I suppose most of it you could do without the software (e.g. breaking big tasks in small ones, user a generic timer), I found the app attractive, I liked using it and found it did help me from getting distracted.

    When the new version came out, I had a quick look and thought it seemed a decent upgrade but I wasn’t sure that I wanted to shell out more money for it, as the first was fine. (That said, the developers do a lifetime upgrade option.) However, I’m going to get this bundle as more of the apps I can see myself using and I’m going to get my money’s worth and Vitamin-R is sweetening the deal.

    BTW, in case you've seen, a demo is available and I reckon it doesn't take too long (e.g. a few sessions at the Mac) to work out if it's going to work out for you.


    Yes - IIRC, you're sent the keys for each (and a download link).
  14. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    ScreenFlow outside of the App Store is tough. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it's only licensed for one computer whereas on the App Store you can install it on all the computers you own.
  15. alexmshore macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2011
    Thanks for that.
  16. RedTomato macrumors 601


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Thanks for that, I'll take a look at the demo. I might buy it on its own through the App Store for easier portability. I'm not really interested in the other bundle apps.
  17. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I have purchased many bundles with no regrets. This bundle has zero appeal to me... It neither has any app that's even slightly interesting to me, nor a good price.

    Although I think I might know a person who'd be interested in getting Rails... But they're not on Twitter.
  18. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Not close enough to the release of Parallels 10 for them to start bundling 9.
  19. Stella, Oct 3, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013

    Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Last year ( and year before ) it was! May have been the Christmas rather than the Fall bundle but it was pretty close after P9 was released.

    MR - why only post this now - the bundle has been out for weeks?
  20. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    Yeah... I'm out!
    Kramer I'm out.gif
  21. rmwebs, Oct 3, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013

    rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Bit mediocre again. Why's it always the same software?

    Civ 5 is being overpriced in their RRP estimates there. You can regularly get it on Steam with a bunch of expansions for around the $9 mark (no, thats not a typo).

    The video is a plain lie. "products that are rarely discounted at all" - give me a break. Civ 5 is pretty much ALWAYS on promotion.

    A prime example, its 50% off at GamersGate:
  22. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I may get it for FotoMagico, but that's the only one I'd be interested in.
  23. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    Have you used PDFpen? If so, do you have any actual facts to support your statement? I know Acrobat (despite being made by Adobe) works reasonably well, but PDFpen is a bit less expensive--until you get to PDFpen Pro, in which case it rivals the education discount on Acrobat, for which I am eligible. I'd really like OCR and basic PDF editing at home sometimes, so I'm contemplating buying one or the other, and since this bundle is about the price of PDFpen alone...


    I want to know the same thing. From reviews, I see that it uses the OmniPage OCR engine (made by Nuance, of Dragon fame, not by OmniGroup). I like that Acrobat is decently good, plus it's able to straighten pages that were scanned crooked. I wonder how PDFpen stacks up, because the price is certainly better.

    On a related note, many App Store reviews of PDFpen and PDFpen Pro complain that it crashes on startup. Maybe that's unique to the MAS version, but it doesn't seem to give me a good impression either way.

    Has anyone here used it?
  24. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap 1500M scanner that came with Acrobat and ABBYY Finereader which does my scanning and OCR and works great. It allowed me to ditch my all to expensive all-in-one inkjet printer and get a wireless HP1102 Laserjet that gets 1500 pages on a single cartridge. Now I'm saving tons of money on ink. And my scanning is fast, and works really well. I got DEVONthink Pro for my digital file database and my scanner dumps all scans directly into the database. I highly recommend a setup like that. I have used PDFPen as well as Acrobat. However, I honestly don't use Acrobat often and once I got it bundled with my scanner, I had no use for PDFPen. My setup puts everything into my database in searchable OCR pdfs. My goal is to be 98% paperless by year end with the exception of birth certificates, passports, and any other docs that truly require an "original". The great think about DEVONthink is that you can download any statement online as a PDF directly to the app through a browser plug-in it installs and can likewise print any sort of receipt from a webpage straight to it.

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