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Sorry for any confusion.   

I just did a quick Cut ' N Paste of the titles that were in the 3 different levels of "Pay What You Want". 

Humble bundle has the software choices/options "Split up" (based upon which of the 3 "Payment Levels" a buyer chooses).

Levels being:
1.  $1.00
2.  $12.45
3. $25 or more

From Humble bundle:

MAGIX is back with more audio software! Use ACID Pro 7, SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12, Music Maker EDM Edition, and more to create and produce your own music.

Link to offer

Bundle includes:

1. ACID Pro 7
MSRP: $149.00

2. SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12
MSRP: $59.99

3.  Soundpool: Discharge
MSRP: $39.99

4. Soundpool - Dream House
MSRP $19.99

5. MP3 Deluxe 19
MSRP: $49.99

6. Soundpool - Trance Masters
MSRP: $19.99

7. Music Maker EDM Edition
MSRP: $29.99

Maximum donation of $25.00 gets you ALL TITLES.

Found Deals and Discounts / O&O Software sale - 50 to 90% off
« on: February 27, 2019, 12:01 PM »
I received an email sales flyer from O&O yesterday.

For the next 3 or 4 days, they have their software for 50% to 90% off.

The sales  link I received is:

LINK to sale page

Note: if link doesn't bring up discounts of 50 to 90% off, you can manually enter coupon code on order form. [I have noticed that sometimes links within sale emails only work for the actual  individual/recipient on O&O's email list

Note 2: I am not an affiliate and link above is not an affiliate link. It is a link from an O&O sale email I received.

Coupon code = 2H7-98Q-61X

I normally wait for their 90% off sale, to purchase their O&O Bluecon Admin.
A great Windows repair/recovery tool for $109 [normally $1,090].

I've used it for over 10 years.
You create a bootable flash drive, boot from it and can then run assorted windows repairs and/or diags .
Over the years, it's been worth the $109 per edition that it costs. With its repair and recovery options.

Just my .02 cents on their one product :Thmbsup:

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 24, 2018, 04:02 PM »
Techsmith, makers of Camtasia and Snagit are having a one day only, cybermonday sale.

No specific disclosures in their "sale notification email",  as to the sales pricing nor discount percentages.


They mentioned monitoring their social media pages for more details, as cyber monday approaches.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 23, 2018, 07:19 PM »
Pixxara has 80% off all of their software products.



Their products include:
Paint Studio, Tree Studio, Liquid Studio, Blob Studio, Luminance Studio, Pixel Studio and Selfie Studio


Work a little magic with applications like Xara Designer Pro X, PhotoStory Premium VR, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer, and more. Plus, your purchase will support ACLU, Girls Who Code, or a charity of your choice!

LINK to offer


Photo Manager Deluxe
MSRP: $49.99

Xara 3D Maker
MSRP: $39.99

Music Maker 80s Edition
MSRP: $29.99


 Xara Photo & Graphic Designer

MSRP: $59.99


 Xara Web Designer

MSRP: $49.99

MAGIX Video easy
MSRP: $49.99

 Xara Designer Pro X

MSRP: $299.00

 PhotoStory Premium VR

MSRP: $129.99

A donation of $30 gets you all software titles.


We've linked up with CyberLink for a new bundle of software. Get applications like PowerDirector 15 Ultra, PhotoDirector 9 Ultra, and more. Plus, your purchase can support Child's Play, GamesAid, or a charity of your choice!


Found Deals and Discounts / Re: at last: Softmaker Office PORTABLE
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:58 PM »
Didn't know they had started selling their office suite on a subscription basis. I hope they keep the option of buying a standalone version.

There appears to be a "FULL VERSION" listed for several of their office choices.
In addition to the Subscription and/or upgrade services.


From an email offer from Softmaker.
Makers of a decent ms office alternative (win, mac and linux OSs) and flexipdf.

link to offer

Coupon code should be within link to offer. If not, be sure to use coupon code  (coupon: it4)
1. single user personal license is:
Now only

Your discount:
7,444 fonts and webfonts for Mac and PC. Full version.

2. Corp license with 25 seats
Now only

Your discount:

7,444 fonts and webfonts for Mac and PC. License for up to 25 seats. Full version.

coupon: it4

NOTE: coupon code should self-insert, but in case it doesn't, the discount code is:
coupon: flexioffer

From recent email offer from Softmaker:


Are you sad that you missed the last FlexiPDF sale?
Get FlexiPDF now starting at US$14.95!
FlexiPDF is your indispensable tool for creating, editing and annotating PDF files. With FlexiPDF, you can work on PDFs with the convenience of a word processor.

Until Sunday, we make you an irresistible offer:

FlexiPDF Standard can be yours for just US$14.95 instead of US$59.95.
FlexiPDF Professional is available for just US$27.95 instead of US$79.95.



features page

Pretty decent licensing, as it can be used on up to 3 PC's:

Licensing: This is a one-time purchase, not a subscription. You can use the software as long as you want.
Personal use: You and other members of your household may use FlexiPDF on up to 3 PCs.
Enterprise use: You may run FlexiPDF on up to 3 PCs used by the same individual.

I first came across Softmaker due to their inexpensive OFFICE suite (it goes on sale for approximately $14.99 from time to time. Sales are normally announced to email list recipients only).

Their office software seemed quite MS OFFICE compatible.
I think it was 2017 that Softmaker introduced their PDF creator/editor software.
I use FlexiPDF on  a couple of computers. Got tired of free PDF maker options, that bombard a person with Advertisements.

Only issue I had (and it might be fixed by now) is that FlexiPDF does not offer any sort of Automatic document naming.
By that I mean, if you create a PDF of a browser page or whatever, it doesn't auto-fill the PDF's Name field for you, like other programs will. Some programs insert the date+a number, others might somehow grab the document's Description and auto-fill with that.
(I just hate typing in, or doing a cut'n paste into the doc's name field. Just a personal annoyance).

 As a PDF program it seems to work fine.

Also, for Font enthusiasts, get a FREE font every month, via FREE font every month

These guys are more about training you on software you might already use.

Anyway, their sale is thru july 9th. 
Coupon code July4.

peachpit sales link

Celebrate independence with knowledge. Now through July 9, save 45% on most learning products including books, eBooks, simulators, and video training. Enter discount code JULY4 at checkout.*

Most eBooks are available as DRM-free EPUB, MOBI, and PDF—all together for one price so you can learn on your desktop or mobile device, your choice!

* Sale prices displayed reflect a 45% discount achieved with purchase of eligible title and application of discount code JULY4.

Found Deals and Discounts / Nolo press 40% off sale
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:44 AM »
These folks offer both software products and ebook versions of their DIY, how to, legal guides/books.

Use coupon code ID40 FOR THE EXTRA 40% DISCOUNT.


Was looking for testing and benchmarking software when I came across this 70% off sale at benchmarks software sale link

Not sure how it compares to programs from other system info vendors, like passmark.
But the sales prices make it worth a try. (at least for me).

The folks at Sardu sent out another email on their curent sale. They have any of their pkg's of Sardu Pro or tech licenses, yearly and lifetime licenses are all on the 25% off sale.

I haven't decided on any  specific multi boot creation utility program just yet, but Sardu is certainly on my list of utilities to "test out".

NOTE: There is a glitch on the order form, where VAT is added to US based orders.
IF this happens, change/toggle your order TYPE, on your order form, from PERSONAL  to BUSINESS. Or vice versa.
Then the VAT line should Disappear from your order form.


SARDU comparison page, for all available license types.

Info on Sardu multi boot software:

SARDU Multiboot Creator 3 PRO is software able to create a bootable removable media for PC and MAC (supports EFI). Create customizable USB or DVD boot disks with a software selected by the user and a MULTIBOOT Menu.

Who is the typical SARDU Pro user?

If you take care of maintenance and/or security of personal computers, or you're a geek and want to carry around a single bootable media such as a USB stick, SARDU MultiBoot Creator PRO is the only product you need. SARDU is a real informatics Swiss army Knife – carry an IT tool box with you.

What can you do with a bootable removable media?

Support MultiBoot created with SARDU Multiboot Creator 3 PRO can contain programs and utilities to perform countless operations on the PC, such as:

Install Windows 10 and all Windows from USB with legacy or UEFI boot * without DVD disk.
Repair a corrupted or damaged Windows installation.
Disinfect an infected system and remove viruses, malware ... with more AntiVirus Rescue Disks
Create multibootable Microsoft Windows PE images
Recover deleted or corrupt data.
Change or recover a forgotten password.
Test your hardware and/or software and possibly solve the problems.
Test the security of your networks to possibly discover the leaks, vulnerabilities, and protect them from potential exploits.
Navigate in a perfectly anonymous environment, preserving your privacy.
Save or erase data you want to preserve or delete.
Perform a forensic analysis.
Transform your PC into a complete media player or gaming console.
Try multiple Linux Live distributions.
Bringing children from two years old on the use of PC systems specifically designed for their age.
Choose from a  list of Utilities such as antivirus, cloning, partition, boot recovery, data recovery, and system rescue disks
Create Windows or Linux boot disks with multiple OS versions
Directly download supported Utilities and Windows/Linux distributions from trusted sources
Verify the integrity of your downloads with built-in MD5 and SHA256 hash functions
Which version of SARDU Multiboot Creator 3 PRO is for you.
Enter the shop to compare the features of the different versions of SARDU Multiboot Creator 3 PRO. We are sure you will find what's right for you.

* Only FAT32, Windows XP and Windows Seven don't have UEFI support

Found Deals and Discounts / 11 Hallmark software titles for $19
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:55 PM »
Hallmark email offer I just received:

(Link is direct from email offer. Not an affiliate link)
Hallmark bundle of 11 titles for $19.00

1. Creative Fonts

Full Version

2. Hallmark Card Studio 2018

Create custom Hallmark greeting cards for any holiday or occasion

Full Version

3. Photo Explosion 5.0 Deluxe
The complete digital photo studio

Full Version

4. Movavi Photo Denoise

Fix your grainy photos and edit like a professional

Full Version

5. Print Artist: Scrapbooks & More
Easily create remarkable scrapbooks & other print projects

Full Version

6. Hallmark Bonus Cards & Projects 2018
Expand your collection of Hallmark cards & projects with this bonus kit.

Full Version

7. Creative Art 4 Clip Art
The perfect collection of clipart, backgrounds and embellishments for any digital scrapbooker

Full Version

8. Brain Games Solitaire and Chess

Become a master in the games of solitaire & chess

Full Version

9. Font Explosion 1000
1000+ professionally-designed TrueType® fonts for any occasion

Full Version

10.  CanvasWorld $20 Gift Card
CanvasWorld $20
Gift Card
Turn your photos into wall art

Full Version

11. My Custom Case $10 Gift Card
My Custom Case
$10 Gift Card
Create a custom monogram or photo phone case

Full Version

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Bundle
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:18 PM »
For screen shots of just browser windows, like Chrome,  the NIMBUS screenshot does an excellent job of capturing those web-pages, where parts of the page are missing, WHEN you try and do a simple windows "Print-Screen". It also does an excellent job of also being able to capture an entire webpage, when a webpage is several pages long
-disenchanted (June 26, 2018, 09:32 AM)
# how do you mean "where parts of the page are missing" ? Do you mean they off-screen i.e. need scrolling?
# have you tried Screenshot Captor (SC) for scrolling capture? Can you compare?

Sometimes when you try to do a simple Print (CTRL + D) of a webpage, like after you purchase something online and the vendor's webpage shows a receipt number  and download links, or such, I have found that sometimes part of the print out is missing. 
When using just a simple "Print" command.

A good example are some emails I received.  tried to print out a copy listing software keys and download links. But the pages were like truncated; with part of the page omitted from the print out.

Anyway, I noticed that for grabbing a complete webpage, that using Chrome with the Nimbus extension will grab everything "as it appears" on your web browser. Whether you are looking at an email like yahoo or gmail, or a webpage.
(I do have to credit Mike Bazzell and his OSINT newsletter for the Nimbus extension tip. I had not heard of it until a few weeks ago. Now I use it with all my computers).

I don't know what types of webpages are the ones that will or won't print out everything you see, as i'm not a web builder.
But I am glad to see an extension that saves me from having to do screenshots and/or Cut 'N pastes of pages, just to get all pertinent details.

Thanks for the heads up.

Initially I had problems ordering today, as I wanted to add more than one product to my cart.
But I didn't seem to find a shopping cart, per se.

Then I noticed after ordering the 1st program, that they had "ADD buttons",  for the purchasing of their other programs, so I ADDED the other programs I wanted.

Thanks for mentioning this sale.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Bundle
« on: June 26, 2018, 09:32 AM »

I haven't used many of the Ashampoo programs but I have used the Snapshot program for grabbing screenshots.
(I tend to like SNAG IT better but it is a bit pricey to put on every computer I have).

(An FYI, For screen shots of just browser windows, like Chrome,  the NIMBUS screenshot does an excellent job of capturing those web-pages, where parts of the page are missing, WHEN you try and do a simple windows "Print-Screen". It also does an excellent job of also being able to capture an entire webpage, when a webpage is several pages long).

Found Deals and Discounts / Heimdal anti-malware 70% off sale
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:17 PM »
Seems this is part of their 70% off, Easter sale,but the sale is still ongoing.  As of today, 4-15-2018.
Note: No indication of a specific expiration date.

Easter Promo link
[Direct link - not an affiliate link]

Proactive online security
We combined ease of use with reliable protection to make data safety effortless for anyone.

Sale pricings:

1 PC, 3 years for $26

1 PC, 2 years    for   $19.80

1 PC, 1 year   for   $13.20

4 PCs for 3 years ,  is $42

4 PCs , 2 years  is $31

4 PCs , 1 years  is $21

Coupon code should auto-fill onto order form.  If not, the coupon code is easteraff36fam

Deal Choices:

First offer:

1.   TODO BACKUP :    $9.86

Data Backup&Restore Keep Files Safe. 

Regularly  $29.00 Save 66.00%

Resize, Move, Copy, Restore Partitions.

Regularly  $39.95 Save 75.00%


3.  DISK COPY    $9.95

Physical 1:1 Clone of Hard Disks or SSD.

Regularly  $19.90 Save 50.00%
4.  PC TRANS   $19.98

PC to PC Transfer for Any System.

$49.95 Save 60.00%


5. MOBIMOVER   $19.98

iPhone to iPhone, PC to iPhone software.

Regularly  $49.95 Save 60%

Your Safe & Reliable Data Recovery Software.

Regularly   $89.95 Save 67.00%


Second offer:

Appears to be discounts for all other EASEUS products.
Besides above special prices, you can also copy below coupon for other products in the EaseUS Shop.


40%-60% OFF

Use coupon code: LUCK18

This coupon is valid until March 19, 2018.

It cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Another software deal from

These beats are alive with the sounds of Magix. Professional audio production is within your grasp! Get SOUND FORGE Pro 11, ACID Pro 7, Samplitude Pro X2 Silver, plus goodies like Soundpool: Deeper Shades of House and more.

link to offer

Software titles include:

1. MP3 Deluxe 19
MSRP: $49.99
 2. Music Maker EDM Edition
MSRP: $29.99
3.  Soundpool: Deeper Shades of House
MSRP: $19.99

4. MAGIX Video Sound Cleaning Lab
MSRP: $49.99

 5. ACID Music Studio 10
MSRP: $59.95
Audio Studio 10
MSRP: $59.99

7. ACID Pro 7
MSRP: $149

 8. Samplitude Pro X2 Silver
MSRP: $299
9.  SOUND FORGE Pro 11
MSRP: $399.95

Seems that sometimes it is good to be on the email list of certain software vendors. Espcially software vendors that "team up" with other companies and send out "special offers" to their email list recipients.

Paragon sent this offer out just a day ago.

The pkg value is  $164.95

Now it is only $44.95 incl. free upgrades for lifetime!


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I bought several over the holidays, during their 50% off sale. Some were in fact to address family matter legal issues.

The ONLY problem on my end was I probably overdid it.

The problems on NOLO's end was they sent 2, disproportionately weighted shipping boxes for my order's shipment.
Common sense would dictate that they'd balance out the 2 S&H weights involved, but NO!

- 2 normal sized books inside of  one box. A box the size of USPS Medium flat rate box.
- the remainder of the order's other books were all stuffed inside of the other box. A box, which I might add that was MASSIVELY HEAVY [nearly a 2 person lift] box.
(size wise, it was like a home depot moving box, that's like 16" x 16" x 12" in size. Then imagine that someone proceeds to dump a whole collection of the old-school, printed, hard bound  encyclopedia's from like 1980-something. That sort of weight adds up, even if you HAVE a hand truck)

Nolo's box had  CLEARLY NO WARNING labels regarding it's weight and safely lifting it [not even for the carriers involved in the boxe's transit across country, to reach my doorstep]
such as:
  • -a "Heavy" label
  • -2-person lift label
  • - use proper lifting techniques label[/b]

Despite their lack of knowledgeable packing and shipping insight and/or techniques,  I was very happy with the overall deal, during BF through Christmas time [50% off, if I remember correctly].

Almost the same with No Starch Press, except they had been running a July 4th sale and so their  sales were more spread out. Not just a sales period that had been shoe-horned into a timeframe of days between BF and cyber monday.

I didn't buy the same amount of books from No Starch, but at least the book pkg/box was a 1 person lift  :D

Nice thing about either book vendor is you normally have access to a eBook version, as a so called "Early Release Edition".
Plus, a PDF or ebook or mobi is probably easier to run SEARCH functions against, vs. the paperback book.
Making them easier to study and locate specific topics within.

I did point out to NOLO, that while I appreciated their great holiday  50% discount they extended to all buyers,. they really need to consider how they pkg orders. Like, why not utilize 2 medium weight boxes vs. 1 lightweight and one super-heavy.
(I literally had to ROLL the HEAVY box up the front doorsteps, over the threshold and across the floor, as I was the only one home at the time).

Other than that, both places , Nolo & No Starch press, are both stand up companies, when it comes to IT related knowledge and/or training books,videos and ebooks.

Received an email today stating that everything is now 40% off at nolo.

store link

NOTE: The NOLO discounts decrease in value, everyday. So the sooner you purchase a nolo product (of interest) the bigger discount you'll receive.
Discounts decrease as the sale ending date draws nearer.
1.  40% OFF   
Use promo code:
Valid Feb 15-19

2. 30% OFF
Use promo code:
Valid Feb 20-22

3. 25% OFF
Use promo code:
Valid Feb 23-26

Thumbnail pics, showing all sales dates and sales discounts per date, should appear below.

nolo press 40-percent sale 2-15-018.jpg


No Starch Press

40% off
because we love you

This Valentine's Day, take 40% off
everything at
through February 16, 2018.

with <3,
Your Friends from No Starch

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