pay what you want Stories January 22, 2016

You can improve almost every aspect of your OS X workflow with the right apps — which is exactly what the 2016 Mac Bundle delivers. It features 12 high-quality apps, and you name the price via 9to5Toys Specials. If you want all the apps, the current cost is $12 but that is rising!

The lineup includes RapidWeaver 6, which lets you create a website using stylish templates and WYSIWYG editing. You can create flipbooks and brochures with similar ease through Flip PDF for Mac, and compose your words in a distraction-free environment via Markdown editor, Focused. On the media front, Mac Blu-ray Player plays movies on disk at top quality, while Airy YouTube Downloader lets you save videos in multiple sizes and formats, and Elmedia Player PRO for Mac is the ultimate video-watching box of tricks. For audio, you get two great equalizer apps: Hear, and Boom 2. For security, Elite Keylogger Pro keeps watch over your computer, and CleanExit erases data for good. You also get Disk Expert for keeping your hard drives tidy, and the 3-in-1 utility, Unclutter.

To get the deal, pay whatever you like for the last three apps mentioned above, beating the average price (currently at $12) paid to unlock the full deal.

pay what you want Stories November 24, 2015

Get a jumpstart on your 2016 New Year’s resolution. The Pay What You Want: Learn to Code Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials offers nine beginner-friendly video courses.

The bundle is designed to provide a rounded education in all aspects of development and hacking. A good place to start is with the Become a Certified Web Developer, which eases you in with HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. You learn these fundamental languages from scratch, with hands-on tasks to help you practice your skills. You can then take the course in HTML5 and CSS3, and further your knowledge of PHP and MySQL. Higher level programming is covered by the tracks teaching Ruby and Python, along with a look at the AngularJS framework. You can also learn how to write command-line code for Linux, host your apps with AWS, and upload your projects via Git.

You can pay whatever you like for the AWS and Git courses — just beat the average price paid to unlock the full bundle.

pay what you want Stories August 6, 2015

Investing in great efficiency apps is a guaranteed way to improve your workflow. Right now, you can pay what you want for ten of the best productivity-enhancing apps around, with the Mac Power User Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials.

The bundle combines big-name utilities and little gems to help you get things done. The highlights include Stuffit Deluxe, RapidWeaver, CrossOver and BusyCal, all names that have built up loyal fanbases over the years. The less well-known apps are all high quality, too. WALTR caused a splash by making it easy to convert media into iOS-compatible formats. Scapple is a nice mind-mapping tool, and you get a one-year subscription to RoboForm password manager. In total, it is $383 worth of premium apps.

  • Screens ($29.99) – user-friendly VNC for securely accessing your desktop from anywhere
  • Find Any File ($7.99) – drill down to files faster than with Spotlight
  • StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac ($49.99) – simple file compression with advanced options
  • RapidWeaver 6 ($89.99) – build beautiful, highly customizable websites with or without code
  • CrossOver 14 Mac ($59.95) – run Windows programs (incl. games) in a window on your Mac
  • BusyCal ($49.99) – calendar app with smart filters, live forecasts, and to-do items
  • WinZip 4 Mac ($29.95) – lightweight file minimizer
  • WALTR ($29.95) – drag-and-drop video/audio conversion to iOS-playable formats
  • RoboForm Everywhere: 1-Year Subscription ($19.95) – cross-platform password manager
  • Scapple ($14.99) – full-featured mind-mapping tool

To grab the deal, pay what you want for the first two apps; beat the average price paid to unlock the full bundle.

pay what you want Stories July 27, 2015

Building a game that people love to play is an unparalleled experience in creative design. If you would like to give it a go, the fifteen courses in the Game Developer Bundle offer a comprehensive starting point, and you can pay what you want for them at 9to5Toys Specials.

The bundle has three main tracks, with the courses grouped into collections. Folks wanting to avoid code get five courses dedicated to development by other means. This includes tuition on how to use software such as Stencyl and Construct 2 to bring your ideas to life, plus content on exporting your finished games. A collection of four courses focuses on Unity 3D, the engine that powers many of the world’s biggest titles. You learn animation, particle effects, physics, and how to design levels. The other option is to learn HTML5, with the six-course collection showing you how to create 2D physics, in-game music, and the parallax effect.

  • Game Development for Non-Coders 5-Course Bundle ($128)
  • Unity 3D Game Development and Design 4-Course Bundle ($225)
  • HTML5 App and Game Development 6-Course Bundle ($186)

You can pay whatever you like for the Non-Coders track; beat the average price paid to unlock the full bundle – get it at your chosen price now.

pay what you want Stories July 15, 2015

If you want to start a career in web development, or just build your own custom website, the Pay What You Want Web Hacker Bundle  valued at $1,043 (currently <$5) is a good place to start.

The deal amounts to seven courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to both front-end and back-end development. On the design side, you learn how to produce responsive sites efficiently with the Bootstrap framework, by taking on ten projects. The courses on Javascript/jQuery and PHP/MySQL take a similar format, and in each case, you are shown neat ways to add dynamic content to your sites. In terms of higher level programming, the bundle includes tracks on Python/Django and Ruby on Rails, both of which are capable of supporting major platforms. You can also learn about deploying apps with Docker, and the data-management capabilities of Apache.

  • Learn Docker from Scratch ($99)
  • Learn Apache Cassandra from Scratch ($99)
  • Learn Web Programming in Django and Python ($149)
  • Learn Bootstrap Development by Building 10 Projects ($199)
  • Projects in JavaScript and JQuery ($149)
  • Projects in PHP and MySQL ($199)
  • Learn Ruby on Rails by Building Projects ($149)

You can pay whatever you like for the first two courses; beat the average price paid to unlock the full bundle – add it to your cart now.

pay what you want Stories May 4, 2015

Humble Bundle for Android: Monument Valley, Joe Danger, Blek, Tilt to Live 2 and more from $4

The latest Humble Bundle for Android has a number of notable titles in it like Monument Valley, Joe Danger, Blek and Tilt to Live 2. As usual with Humble Bundles, this is a pay what you want affair to unlock the first three titles, but you’ll need drop down at least $3.66 (at the time of writing) to unlock all 6 options (with another being added shortly).

Monument Valley and Blek regularly sell for $4 each on both Amazon and Google Play, so this is certainly a good value on top of the fact that a portion of your choosing goes directly to charity (EFF and Worldreader) and the developers. Monument Valley is clearly the standout title here, as it rarely goes on sale and currently sits with a 4.5 star rating from over 71,000 users on Google Play.

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

You can still grab Fleksy for free on Android for a limited time and be sure to head over to our game/app roundups for all the best deals across every platform.

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