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Chances are, you found out about MacHeist through our most recent nanoBundle promotion. Over $439 thousand raised for charity, and a sweet pack of apps to boot. It's over now, and we're all patiently waiting for the Directorate to reveal the next big thing. When? We don't have a clue, but rest assured: MacHeist is not dead!
The previous nanoBundle (offered for free) gave you up to 7 great apps for your Mac at the crazy price of "free-ninety-nine" (aka, totally free). If this was your first experience with MacHeist, welcome aboard! We hope you'll stick around for what most of us have come to love most about MacHeist.
MacHeist has been primarily about two major components: The Heists, and The Bundles.
These are like elaborate Internet-based puzzles that you'll be asked to solve. You'll typically start with a mission briefing which gives you a problem to solve, and clues on how to get started. Chances are, those clues will leave you with more questions than answers. Eventually, if you're smart (and resourceful) you'll solve the Heist and get your reward: even more free software! At least, this is how it's gone down in the past. We call this Loot, and in the past, we've seen some pretty awesome games, utilities, and other apps show up in our Loot pile.
If you get stuck, and can't figure out the next step, we have a forum called The Backroom that can help you figure out your next move. I'll say this much, though: it's way more rewarding to figure it out on your own! But, time is usually of the essence, as heists have a limited window in which they can be solved. You'll need to act fast or seek help if the hour is drawing near.
Also, in the past, solving Heists has been rewarded with discounts that you can apply to the purchase of the other major component of MacHeist...
The Bundles are pretty simple, but very awesome. The Directorate (the group that puts together MacHeist) works with various software companies throughout the Mac community to find great software to include in the MacHeist bundle. Over $900 in great software was available last year for only $39. These aren't crippled versions of the applications, or limited licenses - these are full featured applications. Long story made short, you can get a bunch of really cool applications for the Mac for a great price. These are typically nicer than the Loot apps.
One other great component of the Bundles is that a big portion (25%) of the sales go directly to charity. In the past, it has been a broad range of charities, and the contributions have been astounding. The Directorate also has a habit of bumping up the charity contributions with a major gift of their own. Last year, the total was a cool half million dollars.
Your Next Step:
Right now, if you've already signed up for the nanoBundle, watch and wait! We have no idea what's happening next until the Directorate reveals it, so just hang out for a while until the next big thing comes along. And when it does, believe me - it'll be hard to miss!
Be sure to stop by the MacHeist chat and socialize with fellow MacHeisters while we wait to see what the Directorate has in store for us. And once again, welcome to MacHeist!
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