I’m sure I mentioned it before, but there’s quite a bit of software available to the Mac user. And I’m talking either reasonbly priced or free software; software that Mac lovers who are coders just seem to love to make. They make a little something that simplifies another little something in a particular way and POOF! it’s out there for users like myself.
They’re a generous lot as well. Sometimes they’ll ask for a little something. Sometimes they don’t ask for a thing. You can go see for yourself if you like. Check out the iusethis.com site. Erik the Red first tipped me to this site some time ago. I’ve been hooked ever since. I can’t count the number of times I’ve come across some neat little piece of software that was just what I wanted. And you know what else? I gladly donate to the cause. That’s the thing. If there’s an app out there that fits the need and it’s reasonably priced, the customer will buy it. “If you build it, they will come” is very much true. That’s why I happily shelled out my $39 for Yojimbo (NOTE: this is no promo. Just an IT geek happy to find something he likes). It’s exactly what I need on my MacBook Pro to help me keep things in order. And the fact that I also own QuickSilver, that cost me zip, nada, zero, “the nothing” because it’s freeware really makes me smile.
So, how much is Microsoft Office going for nowadays? I believe that would be between $150-$200 for PCs. And how much is Neo Office going for? Not a thing. What? You don’t like the open source stuff? Okay. Let’s go premium. Apple’s iWork 06 costs a whoppin’ $79 for a single user, and $99 for a family of five. That’s $138 total for both Yojimbo and iWork 06. Psst. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m willing to bet I could find everything I need for free without breaking any laws.
Yeah. I’ve heard the stories about Macs being expensive. Uh-huh.