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]

Parallels Mac software
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.

SmartDraw finally makes it to Mac (via the cloud)

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SmartDraw Cloud brings the popular Windows-based diagramming app to all devices, any time.
SmartDraw Cloud brings the popular Windows-based diagramming app to all devices, any time.
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To find what’s slowing down your Mac, you have to dive deep [Deals]

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Go deep into the inner workings of your computer to keep it running at top performance.
Go deep into the inner workings of your computer to keep it running at top performance.
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Our computers are thinner than ever, but also deeper, meaning getting to the bottom of a problem takes expertise or just the right tool. TechTool Pro 8 goes beyond basic diagnostics to plumb your system’s inner workings, even testing the motherboard, to keep your Mac running at peak performance. Whether you’re using one computer or several, this is a tune-up kit worth getting. And right now you can get a copy of TechTool Pro 8 for just $39.99.