MacUpdate Offers 10 Apps for $49.99, Including Toast 14, Sparkle, ExpanDrive 5, and More

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MacUpdate today launched its latest software bundle, offering ten Mac apps that have a total value of $550 for a $49.99 purchase price. Several popular Mac apps are included, with normal prices ranging from $15 to $149.


A full list of the titles included in the bundle, their value, and a software description is below:

- Toast 14 ($99.99) - There is no easier or faster way to save, share, and enjoy your digital media on disc. Capture, convert, copy, burn and share with Toast, the complete digital media toolkit for your Mac.

- ExpanDrive ($49.95) - ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal.

- DEVONthink Personal ($49.95) - DEVONthink Personal keeps your documents, notes, bookmarks. Its unique tools and artificial intelligence let you manage your files effortlessly and focus on things that really matter.

- iMazing ($34.99) - Ultimate iPhone to Computer Transfer. iMazing supports iPhone 6 and every iPhone, iPad & iPod and gives you total control and absolute simplicity in use.

- Boom 2 ($14.99) - A system-wide volume booster and equalizer app, Boom 2 comes with a smart interface, self-calibration, hands-on advanced equalizer controls for finer audio control and amazing audio effects for enhanced audio output.

- Paragon 3 in 1 Bundle ($39.95) - Just install the driver, attach a disk or other media and use it as you wish, either under Windows OS or Mac OS X. Bundle includes NTFS for Mac 12, HFS+ for Windows 10 and Camptune X.

- Sparkle ($79.99) - The web design tool for creating modern sites with unparalleled creative control. Skip the tedium and design a gorgeous site that works right out of the box.

- NetSpot Pro ($149.00) - NetSpot Pro is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

- MacOptimizer 3 ($29.00) - An incredibly fast and efficient disk utility to quickly help you clean, repair and organize your Mac. MacOptimizer gets your Mac back in shape with quick, essential tools.

- TG Pro ($15.00) - Find out which components of your Mac are potentially overheating, turn up the fan speeds to cool down your Mac, get notifications for temperature alerts and more.

The first 5,000 people who purchase the MacUpdate bundle will also receive a copy of Seasonality Core, valued at $24.99. Seasonality Core is a weather monitoring app that includes weather forecasts, astronomical information, satellite images, and a weather journal.

The MacUpdate software bundle will be available for purchase for the next two weeks. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with MacUpdate, so bundles purchased through the links in this article will benefit MacRumors financially and provide a way for readers to support the site.

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TG Pro ($15.00) - Find out which components of your Mac are potentially overheating, turn up the fan speeds to cool down your Mac, get notifications for temperature alerts and more.
I won't comment on the quality/features of this particular app (I've never used it), but if someone just needs a simple tool for controlling fan speed/monitoring temperature of components, smcFanControl is free and has been really good about keeping up with OS X releases and compatibility with newer hardware. I highly recommend it.
 
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4jasontv

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Toast is an interesting leader considering most Macs don't come with an optical drive. Boom 1 abandoned its customers. Great software, but terrible service.

If you need file management more robust than the Finder, you can't do much better than Devon Think. If you are a student, buy it directly from them and save a few bucks. If anything else on this list peeks your interest you should grab the bundle. Unsure of DevonThink? Check their website for a 100 hour trial.
 

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I'm only interested in Boom 2 which really cool, but its 15 bucks. Most on this list are the ususal suspects of any bundle.
 

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Toast is an interesting leader considering most Macs don't come with an optical drive. Boom 1 abandoned its customers. Great software, but terrible service.

If you need file management more robust than the Finder, you can't do much better than Devon Think. If you are a student, buy it directly from them and save a few bucks. If anything else on this list peeks your interest you should grab the bundle. Unsure of DevonThink? Check their website for a 100 hour trial.
I still use toast fairly often, (External BluRay, DVD burnders) and just as often for disk images. I know I could use disk utility for disk images, but I have toast so I use Toast, I like customizing the disk images (how they open, backgrounds, etc.) and not sure if you can do that in Disk Utility.
 
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adamjackson

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I'm just amazed that Toast is still around. Good on the developers (Roxio?) but every quarter, the amount of Macs with optical drives must be dwindling.

It looks like Toast does other things but I feel like Handbrake, VLC and Identify paired with iTunes must cover almost everything roxio does except CD Burning.
 

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Boom is dumb. OS X already comes with a system wide EQ. It's ugly as sin (hasn't been updated since OS X 10.3 or so) but it's buried somewhere in the OS. I forget where. I also forget its name. But it's there. Somewhere.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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I am intrigued by Sparkle. It looks really nice for making static websites.

But what about dynamic websites? Can I build a forum in it? A Q&A website like StackOverflow? An entire application?

Will it at least help with those things?
 

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I only need Expandrive. So if any of you want to purchase the bundle and doesn't need Expandrive, I'm happy to take it an I will pay 10$ (paypal)
 

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I'm just amazed that Toast is still around. Good on the developers (Roxio?) but every quarter, the amount of Macs with optical drives must be dwindling.
Whoa, let's not go crazy. Roxio has been a big proponent of the high-cost, low-value software upgrade model for a long time now.

About the only thing worse is the delicious generation abandonware Disco.
 

campyguy

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I'm chiming in with the OP left one additional item out that's on the MacUpdate site: "Upgrade to DEVONThink Pro to use multiple databases, more file formats for only $15 at the checkout." Also, DT has 10.11-compatible betas available on their site.

Other than DT, my only hesitancy is that we'll see new versions of these apps in the coming weeks without a decent upgrade path. Just saying…
 

campyguy

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I am intrigued by Sparkle. It looks really nice for making static websites.

But what about dynamic websites? Can I build a forum in it? A Q&A website like StackOverflow? An entire application?

Will it at least help with those things?
Take a look at this MW review from a few months ago. One of my friends and I tried it out, found it a bit lacking in features. The dev has a trial version FWIW.
http://www.macworld.com/article/294...y-web-design-app-needs-a-bit-more-luster.html
 
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I am intrigued by Sparkle. It looks really nice for making static websites.
For simple HTML compliant web pages without lots of bells or whistles, I use Kompozer. It's free and works well. Sparkle looks like Pages for the Web. It seems a bit more powerful than Kompozer. But if I want a more complex website I use Hype, which is about the same price as Sparkle but with a lot more power.
 

Parasprite

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Boom is dumb. OS X already comes with a system wide EQ. It's ugly as sin (hasn't been updated since OS X 10.3 or so) but it's buried somewhere in the OS. I forget where. I also forget its name. But it's there. Somewhere.
Applications -> Utilities -> Audio MIDI Setup
 

4jasontv

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I still use toast fairly often, (External BluRay, DVD burnders) and just as often for disk images. I know I could use disk utility for disk images, but I have toast so I use Toast, I like customizing the disk images (how they open, backgrounds, etc.) and not sure if you can do that in Disk Utility.
I was under the impression that the state of the folders when you burn the image was what you got with disk utility. Still, I'm not saying it's bad software. Toast is probably the best at what it does. I just don't see how it's top billing anymore. Other software in the bundle is more deserving.
 

arkmannj

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I was under the impression that the state of the folders when you burn the image was what you got with disk utility. Still, I'm not saying it's bad software. Toast is probably the best at what it does. I just don't see how it's top billing anymore. Other software in the bundle is more deserving.
That might be so (the folder layout).
I'm not saying you are wrong, but I'll say that I've liked the product many years and still use it.
I'd get it for the price in a bundle, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.

As a side note, how do you get a disk image that requires agreeing to an agreement to open?
I've seen those on several applications and have wondered how they accomplish it.
 

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I use Toast 12 to edit TiVo files, then send them to iTunes. When I bought my iMac two years ago, I bought a SuperDrive, and I regularly use it to rip DVDs to my hard drive for streaming, or to rip CDs. I burn DVDs less often, but I do still do it, and can see the need to do it for quite some time yet. I don't know if it's worth upgrading from 12 to 14, but the software is still useful to me.
 

furi0usbee

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Boom2 is the only app on this list which I own. Toast? People still fuss with physical media? I haven't had an optical drive in my Mac since 2012!
 

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Boom is dumb. OS X already comes with a system wide EQ. It's ugly as sin (hasn't been updated since OS X 10.3 or so) but it's buried somewhere in the OS. I forget where. I also forget its name. But it's there. Somewhere.
Um.. I don't use boom to handle my EQ, I use it to RAISE my system sound. I watch a lot of streaming content, and often the sound levels will vary greatly. I use Boom to raise low levels to acceptable. Yeah it has EQ settings, but I just keep it on MOVIE and only use Boom when watching content that I can't hear with my MBP volume all the way up.
 
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