Score sweet software upgrades for Cyber Monday [Deals]

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It's Cyber Monday. Check out these deals on Mac software and development courses.
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Before you’ve shaken off the post-Thanksgiving tryptophan daze, Cyber Monday is already upon us. We’ve rounded up three deals on software that’ll give you a reason to get moving, from a massive bundle of top-shelf Mac apps to a comprehensive coding course and access to a powerful virtual private network.

Read on for details:

Luminar takes the negatives out of photo editing

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Luminar by Macphun shows its might with simple pre-sets and slider bars.
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If Apple has made photography for the masses easy, then Macphun wants to knock down remaining barriers that might keep some from using software to bring creative style to those photos.

It’s latest Mac-based photo editing software, Luminar, is its first all-in-one app that will include a variety of features to help photographers of all levels make corrections and bring creative finishing to their images.

Windows apps on Mac? It’s easier and cheaper than you think [Deals]

Run Windows apps on your Mac without having to get a computer science degree.
Run Windows apps on your Mac without having to get a computer science degree.
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If you ever thought about running an old PC app, you’ve learned it can be an involved and often frustrating task to use Windows software on a Mac. CrossOver takes the headache out of running your favorite Windows apps and Games on Mac or Linux machines. Right now you can get CrossOver’s latest version for $19.99.

You don’t have to be a hacker to run Windows on your Mac [Deals]

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Parallels puts you in the driver's seat.
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For those of us with Macs who were once Windows users, it’s easy to miss the old applications, games and, yes, even the interface. Rather than use special software, building a virtual machine or buying a new PC just to open up a Windows session again, you can use Parallels to seamlessly run a Windows or Linux desktop on your Mac.

There are no special tricks, no partitioning, no rebooting — and no reason not to try it: Right now at Cult of Mac Deals you can get Parallels for half off for $39.99. See below for more details.

Dragon’s latest app is like a hearing aid for your Mac [Deals]

Dragon Version 5 is dictation software that listens closely and accurately.
Dragon Version 5 is dictation software that listens closely and accurately.

Speech-to-text technology — for speaking into your device to compose a text message, send an email, etc. — isn’t very old, but still shows signs of a hearing problem. When you want to translate your spoken words into written text without having to manually change every ‘ours’ into ‘hours’, you won’t find more accurate software than Dragon. The 5th and latest version of their dictation software is as accurate and easy to use as you’ll ever find, and right now you can get it for $99.99.