If you donate software, here's how it will work (for most folks):
Tell me how many licenses you're providing, the name of the application, retail price, and URLs where I can read more. I will request a copy of your icon file with the alpha/transparency mask, so you could save us some time by just including it!
Please donate at least five licenses per application.
If I have at least five of everything, I can do that many identical auctions. This saves me a LOT of time. (This project is already a lot of work...)
Make sure that my email address (seth (dot) dillingham (at) gmail (dot) com) can get through your spam filters.
Have had lots of problems with donors not responding to important questions.
After a sale, I'll send you the buyer's full registration info.
Not every app is included in every bundle. If your app was included in the bundle, you'll get an email from me.
You send the registration codes (serial numbers) or "license files" to me.
There may be exceptions, but they make things more difficult for me.
The registration codes are included on the winning bidder's customized CD or disk image.
See "End result", below.
Please let me know if this won't work for you, for any reason. Special cases may be necessary, and shipping retail boxes directly to the winning bidders will always be a great option.
August 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Friday - Sunday), I'll be riding my bike across the state of Massachusetts in the PMC, along with about 5500 other riders. Riding the bike for 300 miles is the easy part. The real challenge is meeting my $10,000 goal for this cancer-care-and-treatment charity.
The biggest part of my fundraising plan this year is this Software Auction.
I need hundreds of donations in order to meet my goal this year. Last year was awesome, but I want to do even better this year.
The auctions (and bundle sales) will start in early August, immediately after the main PMC event. I have until early October to raise the funds, so I expect to do most of the selling in August and September.
This page is specifically for software developers (both indies and larger companies!).
I'm looking for donations of mac software from the developers. The donated software will be sold for charity.
I'll sell it in two different ways:
Some of it will be burned to CDs. The CDs will be auctioned on eBay. 100% of the auction (minus the cost of the auction and credit card processing) will be donated directly to the Pan-Mass Challenge.
The rest of it will be "sold" through the PMC itself. Technically, this isn't a sale, but is a gift in appreciation of a donation.
How does this work? People "make me an offer" for bundles of at least two apps. If the offer is good enough, they make a donation to the PMC and email the receipt to me as proof. This worked quite well, and is much faster than the auctions.
Buyers can receive their apps in one of two ways: I'll burn a CD with all of the software in the bundle, and mail it along with a printout (and/or email) with their license codes for each application, or I'll create a disk image and put it on a server for them to download. (Some people just want a disk image to save the shipping fees.)
When I'm running the auctions, I run lots of different "sets," but none of the sets contain a copy of every app. Last year I did sets for web developers, graphics, programmers, games, utilities, and lots of others.
Last year this project raised over $5,000 (out of my total of about $7,600). This year, my goal is $10,000.
All proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge, and in turn to the Jimmy Fund, for the research and treatment of cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Pan-Mass Challenge is one of the most efficient charities in the world (over 99% of all rider-raised funds are passed through directly to the Jimmy Fund). I won't make a penny from any of this.
Please help me to make these auctions irresistible! I'd like to have hundreds of different titles. I won't say no to the donations of any reputable mac apps until I've met my goal.
Warning: don't take the "What is it?" column too seriously. ;-) Most of the developers don't provide these "one-liners" so I make something up after looking at the software's web site.
|Donor||Product||#||What is it?||Retail Val.|
|Bare Bones Software||BBEdit||5+||Text Editor Extraordinaire (for programmers, web developers, and text twiddlers of all stripes)||$125.00|
|Bare Bones Software||Yojimbo||5+||Information Organizer / Virtual Junk Drawer / Master of Onslaughts||$39.00|
|C-Command Software||DropDMG||5+||Utility. Powerful tool for creating disk image files. I use this all the time. :-)||$20.00|
|C-Command Software||EagleFiler||5+||Information Manager. Archive and search mail, Web pages, PDFs, chats, and more.||$40.00|
|C-Command Software||SpamSieve||5+||Email. Excellent spam filtering tool, works with most mail clients. I'm a huge fan of this app!||$30.00|
|An Adobe Employee||Adobe Flash CS3 Professional||1||Web, software development. Full retail version of the development environment for producing Flash applets.||$699.00|
|An Adobe Employee||Adobe Illustrator CS3||1||Graphics, illustration. Full retail version of the vector graphics drawing app. It's Illustrator... why do I have to describe it?||$599.00|
|Outer Level||LicenseKeeper||5||Utility. Keep track of your software licenses. Could be very handy for the auction winners!||$19.95|
|nolobe||Interarchy||5||Internet. FTP client software for transferring files to and from servers.||$59|
|nolobe||Iris||5||Graphics. Photo editing.||$79|
|macitbetter||BetterZip||10||Utility. Manages file archives like ZIP, Tar, GZip, etc. Extract individual files without expanding the whole archive, browse archives as if they're folders.||$19.95|
|Bartas Technologies||CopyWrite||5||Writing. Project management and editor for writers.||$24.99|
|Bartas Technologies||Transcriva||5||Transcription. Use your mac as a dictation device.||$19.99|
|Bartas Technologies||Temporis||5||Graphics? Time? Creates timelines (charts) for print, web, presentations, etc.||$24.99|
|Flying Meat Software||Voodoo Pad||5||Put your brain in your own, personal Wikipedia.||$29.95|
|Flying Meat Software||FlySketch||5||Utility. Draw, highlight everywhere.||$24.95|
|Flying Meat Software||Acorn||5||Graphics. An easy to use image editor for humans.||$49.95|
|GGT Enterprises, LLC.||ReceiptWallet||10||Scan, store, and organize receipts and documents with ease.||$39.95|
|IOSPIRIT GmbH||Remote Buddy||10||Use your remote control to control your entire mac.||€19.99|
|M Cubed Software||Minim||10+||Track and organize the files and people involved in creating music and podcasts.||€20.00|
|M Cubed Software||Code Collector Pro||10+||Put all your code snippets in one place. Like iPhoto or iTunes for programmers.||€20.00|
|JonNathanSoftware||Dialectic||5||Telephony. Dial your Bluetooth, VOIP, or "regular" phone from your mac, using any phone number stored anywhere (your address book, a web page, whatever).||$25.00|
|JonNathanSoftware||EntourageABMenu||5||Utility. Use your Microsoft Entourage address book data anywhere via this system-wide menu.||$15.00|
|JonNathanSoftware||DayliteABMenu||5||Utility. Use your Daylite address book data anywhere via this system wide menu. (Coincidentally, MarketCircle donated an equal number of licenses to Daylite itself!)||$15.00|
|Azure Talon||Exces||10+||Utility. “File encryption made easy.”||€19.50|
|Dejal||Simon||5+||Web. Web site and server monitoring. (Standard Edition)||$59.95|
|Dejal||Caboodle||5+||Utility. Snippet and image collector. (Household Edition)||$19.95|
|Dejal||Narrator||5+||Read out stories in multiple voices. (Household Edition)||$24.00|
|Wooji Juice||Voluminous||5||eBook reader and "internet librarian"||$30.00|
|Helium Foot Software||Mercury Mover||50+||Move and resize windows with your keyboard.||$24.00|
|Stairways Software||Keyboard Maestro||5+||Macro program with multiple clipboards, Program and Window switcher and lots of actions.||$36.00|
|Red Sweater Software||Black Ink||5||Games. Solve crossword puzzles with panache||$24.95|
|Red Sweater Software||Clarion||5||Music. Training partner to help you recognize musical intervals.||$14.95|
|Red Sweater Software||Fast Scripts||5||Utility. Run scripts from the keyboard or menu.||$14.95|
|Red Sweater Software||FlexTime||5||Utility. Innovative timer to manage your repetitive activities.||$18.95|
|Red Sweater Software||MarsEdit||5||Web Publishing. Weblog authoring tool that works with most server-side weblog systems. (Including Conversant!)||$29.95|
|foggynoggin||Desktopple Pro||10+||Utility. Hide everything on your desktop for making screenshots and presentations.||$17.00|
|Stunt Software||Overflow||5||Utility. Flexible (and pretty!) app and document launcher.||$14.95|
|Stunt Software||On The Job||5||Time tracker. Track the time spent on projects.||$24.95|
|Stunt Software||Downsize||5||Photography. Resize batches of photos, add watermarks and frames, more.||$19.95|
|western civilisation pty. ltd.||Style Master||10||Design, code and debug your CSS. One license is good for both Mac and Windows version, and includes a free upgrade to version 5 (which is coming soon).||$59.99|
|iwascoding GmbH||GarageSale (Family Pack)||5||Web. eBay auction manager.||$59.99|
|iwascoding GmbH||GarageSale Basic||5||Web. eBay auction manager, simplified version of GarageSale||$24.99|
|iwascoding GmbH||GaragePay||5||Web. Desktop PayPal client.||$24.99|
|Skorpiostech, Inc.||Changes||10||Programming utility. Text differencing and directory comparison tool for OS X 10.5 (Leopard) featuring Xcode, TextMate, and BBEdit integration.||$39.95|
|A Single Pixel||TimeFlyer||5||Visualize time by easily creating horizontal and vertical timelines.||$24.95|
|Many Tricks||yFlicks||5||Movie Utility. Full-blown movie manager for organizing anything from home movies to clips downloaded from the web, with integrated player that doesn't assume it should keep everything it plays.||€15.95|
|Many Tricks||Leech||5||Lightweight download manager.||€9.95|
|Many Tricks||Witch||5||Window and application switcher.||€9.95|
|Agile Web Solutions||1Passwd||50+||Web. 1Password is the most popular password manager for Mac. It keeps track of all your web passwords, automates sign-in, guards from identity theft, and allows you to stop worrying about your safety while online.
Note that AWS donated "as many licenses as I can use", but they'll probably be auctioned in groups of 3 or more, or we may simply include one with every bundle.
|Code Sorcery Workshop||Pukka||5||Web Utility. Quickly post to del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites.||$16.95|
|Code Sorcery Workshop||Meerkat||5||Utility. SSH tunnel manager.||$19.95|
|Martian Technology LLC||Martian SlingShot||5+||Utility. Keep your files and folders synchronized between two macs. Special features for synchronizing the songs in iTunes playlists. Based on a sort of "publish and subscribe" system.||$29.99|
|Martian Technology LLC||Martian LifeBoat||5+||Utility. Backs up important data onto external drives as soon as they're connected. Works with Flash-based drives (thumb drives), FireWire or USB drives, etc.||$13.99|
|Karelia Software||Sandvox Pro||5||Web. Web site design and creation, with integrated wysywig editor.||$79.00|
|Sugoi Software||Jisho||10+||Japanese-English dictionary with over 100,000 entries.||$15.00|
|Sugoi Software||Byoyomi||10+||“Life is short and Byōyomi knows the time. Do what you want, it will notify you exactly when it's supposed to.”||$12.00|
|Reilly Technologies||Moneydance||10+||Intuitive personal finance application||$39.00|
|Shirt Pocket||SuperDuper!||25||Utility. System backup and recovery for mere mortals.||$27.95|
|The Escapers||Flux||10||Web design (XHTML and CSS) and development, with built-in support for AJAX and Ruby-on-Rails, and site-management tools.||$69.00|
|GroupSmarts, LLC||MemoryMiner||10+||Digital Storytelling application, used to discover the threads connecting peoples’ lives across time and place.||$45.00|
|Robert Kuilman||Media Catalog||10||Digital media indexing application.||$24.99|
|StinkBot||TubeSock||5||[video, ipod] Downloads and converts YouTube and DailyMotion videos, and places them on your iPod.||$15|
|noodlesoft||Hazel Family Pack||5||Utility. Automatically organizes your files in folders you choose. Works like an email filtering system.||$39.95|
|Fat Cat Software||iPhoto Library Manager||5||Photography. Allows you to have multiple, distinct iPhoto libraries. Split and merge libraries, copy files between libraries. Greatly useful if your iPhoto library has grown too large.||$19.95|
|Fat Cat Software||PowerTunes||5||Music. Organize multiple iTunes libraries and music folders.||$19.95|
|Fat Cat Software||PlistEdit Pro||5||Utility. Property list editing for software developers and power users.||$24.95|
|Bruji||DVDpedia||5||Stuff Tracker. Keep a catalog of all of your DVDs, and who has borrowed them.||$18.00|
|Bruji||Bookpedia||5||Stuff Tracker. Keep a catalog of all of your books, and who has borrowed them.||$18.00|
|Bruji||CDpedia||5||Stuff Tracker. Keep a catalog of all of your CDs, and who has borrowed them.||$18.00|
|Bruji||Gamepedia||5||Stuff Tracker. Keep a catalog of all of your computer/console games, game status, and links to cheat and walkthrough pages. And who borrowed them.||$18.00|
|Zykloid Software||Posterino||10+||Graphics. Create stunning life posters, postcards and photo frames.||$24.95|
|Advenio||MacGourmet||5||Kitchen. Recipe manager with interface and features similar to iTunes.||$24.95|
|Advenio||SQL Grinder||5||Database. Manage SQL databases.||$59.00|
|Ambrosia Software||Aki Mahjong||5||Game. Mahjong Solitaire, blends ancient Chinese Mahjong with a journey across Japan.||$20.00|
|Ambrosia Software||DEFCON||5||Game. Remember the 80's movie, War Games? This is that game.||$25.00|
|Ambrosia Software||Uplink||5||Game. High tech computer crime and industrial espionage on the Internet of 2010.||$25.00|
|Ambrosia Software||WireTap Studio||5||Audio Utility. Record anything, live preview, lossless editing, scheduled recordings.||$69.00|
|Ambrosia Software||SnapzPro X w/ Movies||5||Utility. Screen capture and screen casting.||$69.00|
|Ambrosia Software||Apeiron X||5||Game. Kill the pentipede and his minion misfits. Or, die.||$15.00|
|Ambrosia Software||Bubble Trouble X||5||Game. “Ok, Mr. Fishy, your days of suavely swimming around the fishbowl are numbered!”||$15.00|
|Mariner Software||MacJournal||5||Web. Desktop journaling, blogging, and podcasting.||$34.95|
|Mariner Software||MacGourmet Deluxe||5||Kitchen. Build and share recipes, plan and organize wine and meals.||$44.95|
|Mariner Software||StoryMill||5||Writing. Part word processor, part database and includes a timeline feature that interactively displays a story across time.||$44.95|
|Bains Software||ShareTool||25||Access your home network remotely.||$20.00|
|Bains Software||TrashCache||25||Automatic trash management||$20.00|
|Bains Software||SpamSweep||25||Bayesian spam filter and mail checker||$25.00|
|TLA Systems, Ltd.||DragThing||5||A dock-like app designed to tidy up your desktop.||$29.00|
|TLA Systems, Ltd.||PCalc||5||Full-featured scientific calculator with loads of extras.||$19.00|
|Sillysoft||Lux Delux||10||Games. World and universal domination.||$24.95|
|the iconfactory||Twitterific||5||Twitter client. Twitterific is to social web apps what NetNewsWire is to RSS.||$14.95|
|the iconfactory||Frenzic||5||Fast paced puzzle game.||$24.95|
|the iconfactory||iPulse||5||Utility. Graphically display the inner workings of Mac OS X on desktop or dock. Lots of prefs, hide gauges you don't care about.||$12.95|
|the iconfactory||IconBuilder||5||Graphics. Filter for Photoshop and Fireworks that makes it easy to create icon files for both Mac and Windows.||$79.00|
|Mere Mortal Software||Inspire Me||50+||Display random phrases on the desktop, in Growl windows, etc.||$12.95|
|Obvious Matter||DiskLibrary||25||Utility. Media cataloging. Catalog the full contents and structure of all of your CD/DVD-ROM, Zip, memory sticks, etc. Creates thumbnails, and caches metadata like song and movie length and photo exif tags.||$39.00|
|Realmac Software||RapidWeaver||25||Web development. “Powerful website creation for everyone.”||$79.00|
|Realmac Software||RapidWeaver Family Pack||5||Web development. “Powerful website creation for everyone.” 5-user Family (Or Small Office)||$129.00|
|metaquark||Aurora||25||Utility. An alarm clock for your Mac.||€15.00|
|cocoatech||Path Finder 4||5||Utility. “Path Finder is a powerful file browser and Finder alternative with tabs, many built-in utilities, and much more.”||$34.95|
|FunkeeMonk Technology||PhoneJournal||5||SMS and MMS backup/viewer for Treo and Centro. iPhone support coming soon.||$24.95|
|TinyPlanet Software, LLC||Knapsack||10||Travel. Personal travel organizer which allows you to plan, organize, and relive your adventures.||$39.95|
|Like Thought, LLC||Opacity||10||Graphics. Create resolution-independent graphics for on-screen use. Great for icons.||$89.00|
|Like Thought, LLC||Lexicon||10||Education. A new way to learn languages.||$25.00|
|Click on Tyler||VirtualHostX||10||Web Development. Eases configuration of multiple virtual hosts in Apache.||$7.00|
|SmileOnMyMac, LLC||PDFpen||5||PDF Editing, merging, signing and compression.||$49.95|
|SmileOnMyMac, LLC||PageSender||5||Fax. Fax or email anything you can print. Integrates with PDFpenPro, too.||$39.95|
|SmileOnMyMac, LLC||DiscLabel||5||Graphics. CD/DVD labels and packaging design.||$35.95|
|SmileOnMyMac, LLC||TextExpander||5||Utility. Expands text abbreviations with the "real thing" as you type. Causes Leo Laporte to say funny things.||$29.95|
|atebits, LLC||Scribbles||25+||Graphics. Simple drawing for mac.||$19.95|
|HungrySeacow Software||YummySoup!||10||Kitchen. Recipe manager. Easy to use, fast recipe entry, friendly app, hilarious icon.||$20.00|
|one-button mouse||DomainBrain||5||Web Development. Tool that helps webmasters and designers keep track of server and login information for websites they maintain.||$14.00|
|DayTime Software||Differencia||5+||Utility. Data comparison and diff too that can compare data files from different applications, even if file and data formats do not match.||$39.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniWeb||5||Web browser. “Advanced web browsing that's easy and fun.”||$14.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniOutliner 3 Professional||5||Productivity and Organization. “Capture your ideas, organize your universe.”||$69.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniGraffle 5 Professional||5||Graphics/Diagramming. “The premier diagramming application for Mac OS X just got a whole lot better.”||$199.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniPlan||5||“Project management made painless”||$149.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniWeb||5||Presentations. “Screen effects for presentations and more”||$14.95|
|The Omni Group||OmniFocus||5||Productivity. “Professional grade personal task management.”||$79.95|
|Gaucho Software||Seasonality||5||“Weather taken to the next level.”||$24.95|
|you software||you control||5||“Create powerful custom menus with all kinds of information at your fingertips.”||$29.95|
|you software||you control: desktops||5||Customizable virtual desktops.||$29.95|
|you software||you control: fonts||5||WYSIWYG font menus and group fonts by family.||$19.95|
|roobasoft||rooSwitch||20||Utility. Manage multiple sets of data and settings for a program (as if the program supported mulitple user profiles).||$14.95|
|Stuffed Iggy Software||Selenium||10||Research. “Write, cite and conduct research online, all in one window.”||$15.00|
|Shiny Development Ltd.||Speakapedia||10||Audio. “Listen to Wikipedia on your Mac, iPod or iPhone”||$14.95|
|Dream Capture & The Dream Apps||Dream Capture||100||Simple Mac video recording.||$9.95|
|Rainmaker Research Inc.||Spell Catcher X||5||Writing. “Spell checking in 15 languages, shorthand expansions, thesaurus, dictionary definitions, text manipulation and more.”||$39.95|
|Apokalypse Software Corp.||Mori||5+||Notes. “Your notes, organized.”||$39.95|
|Apokalypse Software Corp.||Mori Family Pack||5+||Notes. “Your notes, organized.” Five-license family pack.||$99.95|
|Apokalypse Software Corp.||Clockwork||5+||Utility. “On time, in style.” Slick desktop timer.||$19.95|
|Apokalypse Software Corp.||Clockwork Family Pack||5+||Utility. “On time, in style.” Slick desktop timer. Five-license family pack.||$49.95|
|Apokalypse Software Corp.||Cocoalogue||5||Programming. Unreleased Smalltalk scripting language for MacOS X. Transparent interfaces to Objective-C classes, and is invoked from the command line like any perl or Ruby script. Due to be released soon, get one of the first five licenses before it's generally available!||$129.95|
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• Your App Here •
(But please see the bullet points in the Donor Guide!)
Total Applications: (Goal: 150)
These numbers are based on the "#" and "Retail Val." columns in the table above.
Many donors offered all the licenses I need to make the project a success, but I've only listed the minimum I expect to use.
In other words, if a donor said I could have all the licenses I need, then I listed them as "5+", because all I know for sure is that I'll use five copies.
If you'd like to link to this story, or want to encourage your favorite software developer to participate, that's great! I can use all the help I can get. Please use this link, or one of the following image links (they all use versions of the image at the top of this page):
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