As Apple tempts more and more consumers and businesses to its shiny white goods, retailers should consider stocking some core Mac software to cater to them. Helen French explores what?s out there...

Mac software


Family Tree Maker for Mac Platinum
SRP: £61.27
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say: Easily discover your family history with the new Mac version of the world’s number one selling family history software.
Specs: Create family books, calendars, charts and reports to share with family and friends. Add photos, documents, audio and video files directly into your tree. Free six-month premium membership to View timelines and interactive maps highlighting events and places in your ancestors’ lives. Printed companion guide to Family Tree Maker for Mac. ‘Tree to Go’ App for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Mac
SRP: £81.69
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say: This unique data recovery software is easy to use without prior technical knowledge. A simple user interface makes the process of retrieving lost and/or deleted Mac files quick and effective.
Specs: Easy-to-use interface; Retrieves and restores accidentally deleted or lost data from a range of storage media, including external hard drives and iPods; Recovery option of Mac multimedia data including picture, audio and video files is also available; Performs hard disk imaging.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business
SRP: £189 for one install, one user; £239.99 for two installs, one user.
Distributors: Ingram Micro, Westcoast, Gem, Computer 2000
They say: Create professional documents and presentations. And as Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.
Specs: Outlook for Mac, Ribbon – access favourite commands quickly, Office Web Apps, Coauthoring, template gallery, photo editing, Presentation Broadcast, Sparklines, Visual Basic support, dynamic reordering.

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011
SRP: £89.99 one user, £109.99 for three users.
Distributors: Ingram Micro, Westcoast, Gem, Computer 2000
They say: Office for Mac 2011 is here to help you do more with your Mac, your way. Use familiar applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to help you take your ideas further.
Specs: Ribbon – access favourite commands quickly, Office Web Apps, Coauthoring, template gallery, photo editing, full screen view, Presentation Broadcast, improved publishing layout view, Sparklines, Visual Basic support, dynamic reordering.

Magix Rescue Your Videotapes for Mac

SRP: £59.99
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say: With the original rescue package from Magix, consisting of Magix Video Easy and the practical USB video converter plus SCART adapter, you can back up your favourite memories quickly and easily to your Mac and then burn them to DVDs or upload to YouTube.
Specs: Connect devices to the digitizer without a SCART connection using RCA or S-Video cables; USB 2.0 port is easy to use thanks to the plug-and-play technology; Quickstart function.

ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac
SRP: £89.04
Distributor: Interactive Ideas
They say: Highly accurate and easy-to-use multilingual OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. FineReader Express for Mac quickly turns any scanned paper document, PDF files and digital camera images into editable and searchable formats while keeping the original layout and formatting intact.

Aqua Connect Terminal Server
SRP: Starts at £130 per seat
Distributor: Avanquest
They say: A new enterprise grade terminal server solution. Allows multiple users to gain remote access to the Mac operating system and its applications, whether or not they have a Mac. Distribute Mac-based programs with a single point of installation and maintenance. Implement failover systems for data backup and recovery.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5
SRP: £357
Distributor: Computer 2000
They say: Design confidently, build cutting-edge HTML5 and CSS3 websites, and add new levels of interactivity.
Specs: Multiscreen Preview panel, CSS3/HTML5 support, jQuery integration, Native Android and iOS apps with PhoneGap, Adobe BrowserLab integration.

Adobe Audition CS5.5
SRP: £278
Distributor: Computer 2000
They say: Adobe Audition CS5.5 software delivers the professional tools you need to make video and audio productions sound their best.
Specs: Native Mac OS support, Roundtrip editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, Project exchange with third-party NLEs and DAWs, Native 5.1 multichannel support.

Kaspersky Anti Virus for Mac
SRP: £39.99
Distributor: Koch, Gem Distribution
They say: Fast and non-intrusive, with only one per cent CPU impact on your Mac’s performance.
Specs: Real-time scanning of files and downloads; In-the-cloud protection against new threats; Kaspersky URL Adviser; Automatic regular and emergency updates for always-on protection.

Home Accountz
SRP: £39.99
Distributor: Koch
They say: A perfect solution for anyone needing to track spending, record their income, budget ahead and forecast their finances.
Specs: Multi-Currency; Download bank and credit card statements; Convert QIF files); Automated direct debits and standing orders; Monthly, quarterly and annual budgeting; Graphs and charts; Forecasting.

Business Accountz Enterprise
SRP: £470.99
Distributor: Koch
They say: Makes book keeping simple and adds purchase orders and supplier tracking to the Professional version.
Specs: Manage clients; Design and print purchase orders; Track bills; Automated transactions; Organiser and event tracker; Design and print invoices; Send quotations and estimates; Track unpaid invoices; Preset transactions.

Eset CyberSecurity
SRP: £29.99
Distributor: Direct
They say: The most effective protection you can find. It provides comprehensive antivirus and antispyware protection without affecting your Mac’s performance. Using the advanced ThreatSense technology, it protects you from new attacks during the critical first hours. Detects and disables known and unknown viruses, worms, and other data stealing malware.

Parallels Desktop 6
SRP: £64.99
Distributor: Direct
They say: Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac is the fastest, smartest and most powerful version yet of the number one selling software for running Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on a Mac without rebooting. With more than 80 new and enhanced features, Parallels Desktop 6 delivers unprecedented advances in productivity, performance and graphics – the areas people care about most.


Encyclopaedia Britannica 2011 Ultimate Edition
SRP: £40.84
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say: The all-in-one research companion for all ages. Ideal for research, homework or everyday fact-finding, the Encyclopaedia Britannica 2011 Ultimate Edition is packed with a wealth of trusted information written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other noted authorities and rich multimedia.

EdAlive range
SRP: £16.99 each
Distributor: Koch Media
They say: These EdAlive titles, including Baggin Dragon v2, Spelling Force v2, Typing Tournament v2, Ultimate Maths Invaders v2, Volcanic Panic v2 and Words Rock v2, are the ideal software to teach any child. They each have a simple, kid-friendly animated interface that enhances self-directed learning. They cover topics from maths to spelling and typing.

Teaching-you 31 Languages of the World

SRP: £10.20
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say: Whether you’re fascinated by different languages, or want to greet business partners in their native language, Teaching-you 31 Languages of the World will have you speaking and understanding foreign languages in no time. Learn listening, reading, and speaking skills quickly and easily with its speech recognition technology and immersion approach


The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
SRP: £10.20
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say: Set in the early Renaissance period, will you have what it takes to resolve the division between the Tandrian and Kuron kingdoms? Be diplomatic, manage your resources, forge your armies and make your own path in the world of The Settlers.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Collector’s Edition
SRP: £10.20
Distributor: Focus Multimedia
They say: The Celtic legend of Dire Grove has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Considered a fairytale, its telling was meant to frighten small children into staying in their beds through the night. A recently unearthed artefact in England, however, proves the dark legend to be true. Use your wits and hidden object talents to follow the trail of a group of missing graduate students in Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove.

The Sims 3: Generations
SRP: £29.99
Distributor: Centresoft
They say: Enjoy a whole spectrum of rich life experiences with your Sims. Start off in the imagination-fuelled world of childhood and embrace the drama of the teen years. Experience the complicated realities of adult life, then reap the benefits of growing up in each life stage. A wealth of new options and activities makes your Sims’ lives more meaningful than ever before, whatever their ages. With new celebrations, dramatic life events,
and all-new ways for your Sims to express their creativity, The Sims 3 Generations lets your Sims live life to the fullest.

World Of Warcraft Cataclysm
SRP: £29.99
Distributor: Centresoft
They say: An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. In this expansion pack for World of Warcraft, there are two new playable races, the level cap is increased to 85 and there are new high-level zones and flying mounts in Azeroth.



CentreSoft: 0121 625 3399

Computer 2000: 0871 880 3400

Eset: 0845 838 0832

Focus Multimedia: 01889 570 156

Gem Distribution: 01279 822 822

Interactive Ideas: 020 8805 1000

Koch: 01256 385 200


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