The Freelance Mac App Bundle Is Full Of CoM Essentials


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Every day, there’s another app bundle, and sometimes it seems like each is more forgettable than the last. Code Canyon’s Freelance Mac App Bundle is a wonderful exception: it’s the first app bundle we’ve seen in ages worth getting excited about.

For just $49.95, you get over $300 in apps… and what apps they are. Out of the eight apps on offer, five I would consider absolutely indispensable. In fact, most of these we’ve already listed in our 50 Mac Essentials series.

1Password — Just the safe, secure password manager.

TextExpander — A typing shortcut utility that can not only autocorrect common mistakes, but even allows for some extremely smart formatting of text snippets (for example, a text snipper that automatically expands to a link of the text copied to the clipboard).

WriteRoom — The original and, for my money, best of the distraction free word processors.

Radium — This Internet radio player (complete with Sirius and XM compatibility) has been an indispensable addition to my Menu Bar since Giles first reviewed it.

• Alarms — A wonderfully intuitive and OS X like task manager that I absolutely adore.

I’m less familiar with the last three apps in the bundle, LittleSnapper, Billings and Arq, but if they’re a shine on even the worst of the aforementioned apps, this might be the best app bundle I’ve ever seen. Check it out!

  • prof_peabody

    I don’t understand bundles anymore.  The developer seems to be losing about 60-80% of the retail value of their work and for what?  Higher volume of sales and a bit of advertising. 

    How to get *better* advertising, and an even *higher* sales volume but only loose 30%? 
    The Mac App store.  

    Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems a no-brainer to me that these little apps would all be better off in the App store.  

  • auramac

    I was hoping to be more excited about the apps and the bundle… Guess I’ll pass.

  • brownlee

    And allow Apple to have an even tighter reign on what you can do with your application, of course. But I don’t see this as being an either/or proposition: bottom line is that software is an infinite good, and you’re not “losing” anything to sell it for cheaper in a bundle in exchange for higher visibility for a few days.

  • Declan

    Oh Christ I just bought 1Password yesterday