Finally a new inspried bundle for you creative Mac addicts out there! With a retail value of $332.64, StackSocial’s Mac Essentials Bundle provides a plethora of powerful and practical must-have apps that promise to make its buyers more efficient and effective on their Macs. The 11 applications offered in the bundle are as follows:

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Wallpaper Wizard Coppertino | Wallpaper management | $7

What it is: Wallpaper Wizard is an application that, as you could have guessed, manages the wallpaper images on your Mac. It’s a fairly simple concept, but this application throws some really fun and interesting twists into the mix. You get unlimited access to an exclusive collection of 100,000+ high resolution wallpapers which should fit anyone’s tastes…

Why it’s essential:
My favorite part of the app is that you can upload your own pictures and share them with all the computers connected to your account. Mac’s native wallpaper interface never worked well for me and this was so simple and pleasant to use. Read the reviews on the Mac App Store…you’ll see what I mean!

Other cool features:
For all you sharing fanatics, you can even share your current wallpaper via Twitter or Facebook with just one click!

Actual User Review:
“WOW is all I can say about this amazing Wallpaper Wizard software and the little I paid for it! As a creative person, I get so bored with one desktop image. I have a 27”iMac and the images are crystal clear!!! Love it, Love it, Love it .” – User Review from Mac App Store

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Reviews

“I’ve never seen wallpaper switcher this polished with access to such a large image collection” – Mac.AppStorm.net

“Wallpaper Wizard has transformed the way I use wallpapers.” TechCores

11 Essential Mac Apps Worth $333 for Only $44

Vitamin-R publicspace.net | Productivity for Creative Professionals | $20

What it is:
A task management tool designed to overcome the biggest productivity challenges facing today’s creative professionals: managing attention and maintaining motivation. It complements your to-do list, by enabling you to concentrate fully on one task at a time and keeping distractions at bay.

Why it’s essential:
- Keeps you focused on the task at hand
- Ability to analyze your performance over time
- Extends your working memory
- Increases awareness of personal working rhythms

Other cool features:
- Integrates with productivity apps like OmniFocus & Things
- Syncs with Dropbox so you can manage across multiple computers

Actual Customer Review:
“Not only does it help you start taking action on small achievable steps, it keeps you focused (the little “ticks” are great for this) and gives lots of positive reinforcement through the cool charts & graphs. Plus, the integration of “breaks’ helps keep me productive.” - User Review from MacUpdate

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“✭✭✭✭½ (MacWorld USA)” – MacWorld USA

“Top 20 Mac App Store Apps ” – MacWorld UK

11 Essential Mac Apps Worth $333 for Only $44

Narrator Mariner Software | Text-to-Speech Tool | $40

What it is:
Narrator brings text to life by reading it to you using voice synthesis – your letter, an ebook, emails, online news – or any text. You can choose different voices, rates, pitches, inflections and volumes for each character you assign, giving your text a wide range of expressiveness.

Why it’s essential:
That business letter you’re ready to send to a prospective customer? Have Narrator read it out for you – you’ll know right away if what you wrote is what you want to have read. That big meeting where you took a lot of notes? Assign characters to each participant and listen again so you don’t miss a thing!

Other cool features:
You can also export speech directly to iTunes, where you can listen to it over and over, or sync it to your iPad, iPod or iPhone. This enables you to create your own audiobooks from text or listen to emails on the way to work! Woot!

Actual Customer Review:
“I just installed Narrator and I must say I’m impressed with the program. I like the ability to change voices, which helps to keep things interesting when listening to long, boring text files. I intend to use this to help with research that I’m doing and when I travel and don’t have the ability to read, I’ll listen to my iPod read to me.” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“✭✭✭✭” – Average user rating on MacUpdate

“I was expecting something complex and difficult to use. Instead it was rather effortless.” – Melissa Devlin, Ears not Eyes

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MacCleanse 2 Koingo Software, Inc. | Easily delete unwanted files and get disk space back! | $20

What it is:
A small yet powerful application geared towards purifying your system. In only seconds, it can perform over fifty tasks which would take nearly an hour to perform manually. Safely erasing caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more – MacCleanse won’t miss a thing and could reclaim hundreds of megabytes of storage space.

Why it’s essential:
Going above and beyond the call of duty, MacCleanse provides detailed information on each item it cleanses, and can even securely wipe files if desired. It is definitely an ideal solution when shopping for gifts, cleansing the system after someone else has used it, or when preparing to sell your computer. Ensure your personal information is out of reach. Many more features.

Other cool features:
MacCleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like Acquisition, Adium, AIM, aMSN, Azureus, Bit Torrent, Colloquy, FireFox 2 & 3, iCab, iChat, ICQ, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, MPlayer, MSN Messenger, Netscape, OmniWeb, Opera, Preview, QuickTime, Safari, Skype, Transmission, Unison, Xtorrent, and Yahoo Messenger. These enhanced features allow you to pick and choose what exactly to remove from the application – be it only auto-fill values from Safari or the recent download history in Xtorrent.

Actual Customer Review:
“Having tried them all (literally!) MacCleanse is the easiest to use for day-to-day cleaning as, unlike Onyx, Cocktail or TinkerTool System, it has a one-pane interface. Open it, Command-E and that’s it – no presses on tabs or buttons are required. The interaction can be made even slicker by removing prompts to restart Finder or to close the application when cleaning is done.” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“This is an excellent product for cleaning up your system of unwanted files.” — user review

“I cleaned about 2GB of unwanted stuff on the first run!” — user review

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Surface Trifle | Easily manage and organize files | $15

What it is:
Surface works like a very special Desktop. It lets you work with your documents, links, and apps in the same way you would use the desktop. Just drag and drop any item to the Surface workspace to make it accessible any time you need it.

Why it’s essential:
It’s all about being productive. Surface keeps your desktop clean by giving you one area to store the things you want to use or need to remember. Stay efficient, my friends!

Other cool features:
Busy right now, but want to remind yourself about something to do with a particular document or file? Surface lets you easily add notes to documents or files to remind you what you wanted to do with them when you have time.

Actual Customer Review:
“I love the feature allowing the addition of notes to files…” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Iconbox 2 Chickenbyte | Icon Management at its Finest | $25

What it is:
IconBox, a full-featured icon library for your Mac. IconBox provides icon lovers new and old with a great toolset to manage the icons on your system. System icons, application icons, and even the dock are freely available to alter. If you want to revert to the defaults, a quick button will remove any changes you’ve made to the system.

Why it’s essential:
IconBox was one of the first pieces of software in this space and they have never stopped improving it. It’s just one of those features that fits in very well with the rest of your Mac OS X applications and you’ll feel right at home using it. It’s a breeze to use and, more importantly, a breeze to change icons.

Other cool features:
Though, what if you don’t have any icons to start with? IconBox gives you a convenient way to browse for new icons, including an “Icon of the Day,” links to popular icon websites, and a really useful tool that allows you to search through IconFinder and download icons in-app.

Actual Customer Review:
“Wow, well done. This app is very close to CandyBar, but the interface offers several improvements and there is integration for icon downloads.” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“IconBox provides icon lovers new and old with a great toolset that’s persuaded me to use it over Panic’s own Candy Bar 3” – Cody Fink, MacStories.net

“IconBox is a complete package in the

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SizeUp Irradiated Software | Windows Management the way it should be | $13

What it is:
SizeUp allows you to quickly position a window to fill exactly half the screen (splitscreen), a quarter of the screen (quadrant), full screen, or centered via the menu bar or configurable system-wide hotkeys. You can also move windows from one monitor to another, from one Space to another, and restoring a window to its original size and position (SnapBack).

Why it’s essential:
There are very, very few features on Windows machines that make me jealous, but window management on Windows 7 is one of them. Fortunately, SizeUp fixes that in a snap…_literally_.

Other cool features:
If you’re a control freak, splitting the screen into halves or quadrants may simply not be enough. Fear not, SizeUp accommodates the pickiest of users with the two preference panes below. Using margins, you can set a buffer in between the edge of either the screen or a window so that your windows will have some breathing room around them.

Actual Customer Review:
“As a student, this software is amazing. Snapping a powerpoint presentation to one side of the screen and notes (or facebook :) to the other is priceless. Very stable and easy to use, seems like it should’ve been included with OSX in the first place.” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“✭✭✭✭½” – Average rating on MacUpdate

“Best App Ever” – User review on iusethis

11 Essential Mac Apps Worth $333 for Only $44

MacJournal Mariner Software | A Journal for the 21st Century | $4

What it is:
MacJournal is the complete journaling application designed so that you never have to miss an opportunity to chronicle any life event, any special memory, even your own thoughts. There is even evidence that keeping a journal assists in a person’s physical and mental well-being.

Why it’s essential:
With MacJournal, you are not limited to text, you can add any kind of content to your journal entries. Photos, images, files, QuickTime video, audio – making your journal entry as rich with sight and sound as the event itself. On that note, if you are from the Windows world and are checking out MacJournal many have said it’s the Microsoft OneNote equivalent for Mac OS X.

Other cool features:
You can keep your world private or, like so many do, share your thoughts, because MacJournal entries can be published to any of the popular blogging services like Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal and more. But, if you want to keep your thoughts away from prying eyes – don’t worry, MacJournal is equipped with two-level security – password protection and AES-256 encryption. Extroverted or introverted. Open or private. Just pick the way that’s right for you.

Actual Customer Review:
Well… I’ve been looking around for a good journal app because life has been compelling me to keep a record of my daily craziness… so I downloaded the demo, and I absolutely love it! I can make my entries as simple or as complex as I like. Awesome stuff. ( _) I love the interface as well. Keeps me from going insane. I’m a bit of an aesthetic freak. I guess that’s why I have a Mac. o_O Well that and Macs are awesome… okay I’m done rambling. 5 stars!” - User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“✭✭✭✭” – CNET

“If you’re interested in expressing and organizing your private thoughts and having them all in one place, then there’s nothing better.” – Macworld

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Snapz Pro X Ambrosia Software | Video Screen Capture | $69

What it is:
Snapz Pro X is a quantum leap in video capture technology, adroitly capturing full motion video of anything on your screen at a blistering pace, complete with digital audio, and an optional microphone voiceover. Think of it as a digital video camera for your screen. Snapz Pro X makes short work of making training videos, producing product demos, creating tutorials, archiving streaming video, and anything else you can think of.

Why it’s essential:
This is the ultimate screen-recording tool used by industry experts. Received 5 out of 5 stars from MacWorld. Basically, if you want to do any kind of screencasting or screencapture, this is it.

Other cool features:
Snapz Pro X’s interface has been completely redesigned to provide more powerful features while maintaining the Snapz Pro X’s elegant simplicity. Rather than just tossing new features into an already full-featured product, we carefully examined how people use Snapz Pro X, and developed a new user interface that adds functionality without adding complexity.

Actual User Review:
I was recently assigned a task of making an instructional demo movie for our software, and your solution Snapz Pro X 2 turned out to be the best one I tried (and I tried quite a few). Our customers are raving about it. – Dave Hill Jr., Customer

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Reviews

“✭✭✭✭✭” – MacWorld USA

“Snapz is the best, most versatile, and easiest to use still and video capturing utility I have ever seen for the Mac. I wish I had known about Ambrosia 2 years ago

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WireTap Studio Ambrosia Software | Audio Recording and Editing | $69

What it is:
Wiretap Studio gives you complete control of recording any audio on your Mac. Want to grab audio playing in a Web browser, or maybe record your voice and a song playing in iTunes at the same time? You can do it with WireTap Studio, and more importantly, you can do it easily. Once you’ve recorded your audio track, you can make basic edits, and output it in a variety of formats, or upload through FTP, send it to e-mail, or even drop it right into your iPhone for use as a ringtone.

Why it’s essential:
If you’re an audiofile, then you need this program. Wire Tap Studio is the leader in audio recording. Their motto is: if you can hear it, WireTap Studio can record it. Wiretap Studio can record from your system, any application, or any audio input such as a microphone or line-in port. Also WireTap Studio features a powerful recording library where you can organize and store your recorded audio clips. Because of its advanced audio inputs and editing capabilities, WireTap studio is great for making professional sounding podcasts.

Other cool features:
Recording Internet radio has never been easier! Simply set up your recording sessions, and WireTap Studio will automatically wake up your computer and record them for you. Never worry about missing your favorite Internet broadcast again.

All of your audio recordings are saved in a convenient library, and can be exported to remote servers, iTunes, iPod, iDisk, and other destinations with a simple drag and drop. You can even transfer your audio clips to your iPhone or your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone for use as custom ringtones!

Actual User Review:
“Simply, awesome. Much better than other similar apps. Ease of use, format choices, LivePreview, intuitive editing – all combined, a much better product. Try it. If you have a need (or desire) for this utility, you will really like it. It is slick and fun.” – User Review from MacUpdate

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Reviews

“WireTap Studio is a fantastic tool for audio capture, arguably the best available for the Mac…” – Kirk Hiner, Applelinks

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iToner Ambrosia Software | Custom ringtones for your iPhone | $15

What it is:
iToner 2 enables you to quickly create custom ringtones and transfer them to your iPhone with a single click – without modifying, hacking or having to reset your iPhone. Drag and drop your MP3, AAC, WAVE, or AIFF audio files on iToner’s window, move the sliders to select the section of the song you want to use, click the Sync button, and you’re done. No hacks. No per-ringtone fees.

Why it’s essential:
Who wants to pay $2 per ringtone?!? This is a no-brainer people…love this app!

Other cool features:
When you’re ready to sync your phone, our new ClearTone™ technology optimizes and enhances your music to sound great on your iPhone’s speaker. Additionally, iToner 2 comes with a professionally-mastered selection of 40+ custom ringtones to get you started.

Actual User Review:
“Thanks for giving me back my ringtones! I love my iPhone, but have missed having custom ringtones! – T. Castle, Customer

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The time-limited price on this bundle of pure awesomeness is only $44 – a saving of 86% off retail. Additionally, a 12th application is being offered as a bonus. The extremely popular Snapz Pro X and WireTap Studio programs alone are $69 each, which speaks to the value of the bundle.  As one would expect, all software within the bundle is the latest publicly available version, includes full sales support, and is eligibility for applicable future upgrade paths.

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