I did check out MacHeist and played along. However, even with 10$ discount made on the several games there (I’m only paying 39$ per bundle if I decide to buy), I’m inclined not to make the purchase. Why?
Delicious Library = not my cup of tea (pretty? sure… but useful?)
FotoMagico = it could be useful, but I get along just fine with iPhoto, Keynote and PowerPoint
ShapeShifter = not useful to me (it seems a bit on the teenager side)
DEVONthink Personal = I already own DEVONthink Pro, and the Personal version has much less features, including the absence of the amazing scripts
Disco = I own it and have to confess that other than the nice look of it, it’s a weak application. There are free app that do the same (in a less fancy way) and there are much better app for more demanding users. (Toast for instance. I really don’t understand how Disco can compare to this, if not for a pub maneuver.)
RapidWeaver = ah, here’s the only one that makes me think twice about not buying the bundle; however, I don’t need it right now (maybe in 4-5 months).
iClip4 = I’m a happy user of ShadowClipper.
Pangea game bundle = no games, please.
NewsFire = I’m trying NetNewsWire and I’m inclined to buy this one. It’s a really good application. Other than this one, I’d stick with Vienna, a nice free RSS reader.
TextMate = no use to me, right now.
So, given the fact that no application of the bundle would be of much use to me right now, I’ll probably refrain myself from buying it. I prefer to spend my money in 5 applications I’m really interested in:
- upgrading from DT Pro to DT Pro Office (I simply like the OCR ability, even if slow and making the files a bit too big; something that DT developers are saying it will improve)
- buying Scrivener when it comes out of beta
- buying NNWire (in season sale now, I believe)
- buying File Buddy, that seems to be quite useful on moving, renaming files, etc
- buying FoxTrot seach application if the nice developers find out why it keeps crashing on my laptop (very nice support, btw, since they are busting their ***** for someone that is doing the trial version)
Plus, I’m still digesting if the MacHeist and Mac App A Day etc are really good for developers. Surely they are great for users and for the people behind the promotions… But I’m not that sure developers do win a lot with this. (Even if they make the choice of putting their app there. There have been some nasty trade of posts in several blogs about this.)
Finally – I do like the charity thing (25% of the purchase goes to one association of your choice, from a pick of eight), however I also do my own donations for charities of my choice.
The bottom line is that I would much rather see the developers putting their app in a nice sale price from time to time. Not someone doing it for them like this. I’m all for MacUpdate promos (25-40% off the application for a day), but these kind of freebies or big discounts make me think a bit about the motives behind them.
But, this, of course, is my personal opinion.