Mac Shareware


Software can be expensive. The least expensive way to get good software is by using Mac shareware. There are literally millions of software titles that fall under the category of shareware so by limiting yourself to these products you aren’t really limiting yourself at all.

What is Shareware?


Shareware, or Mac shareware is software for the Mac that is distributed on the basis of an honor system. Shareware is usually given freely and the author of the shareware will usually request you send a few bucks; but only if you like the software or use it on a regular basis. If you do send a small amount, you become registered and you get service help and updates.

You can feel free to copy the software and give it to friends but they are expected to pay a little as well. Shareware is very cheap because there is usually only one developer and no fancy packaging or advertising along with it. Shareware is copyrighted so you cannot sell it as your own product.

Top Shareware for Mac

In light of the fact that there are so many Mac shareware titles available today, here is a list of some of the top shareware titles for Mac users. Just remember, in the spirit of true shareware, share the love.

  • Shareware Publisher 1.4: This is a software submission tool especially for shareware developers, vendors and media. Shareware publisher makes it easy to list your software to repositories and leading software listing sites. Developers can submit to hundreds of sites within hours instead of days.

  • Renoise for Mac OS X 2.7.2: Renoise is a complete music production environment for Mac as well as Linux and Windows. It offers full ReWire support, FX, and things like instrument VST/AU plug-in. Renoise offers flexible audio output, graphical and numerical parameter automation and much more.

  • Reaper for Mac OS X 4.22: Reaper is a powerful application that lets you record, arrange, edit and render multi-track waveform audio. It has extensive features but is still not a 'heavy application' and is less than 1 megabyte in size. Reaper supports ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WaveOut, and DirectSound.

  • My Money for Mac OS X 2.0.83: My money is powerful, high quality personal finance software designed to work with your online bank statements. Just download your transactions from your bank's website and it goes automatically into an electronic register.

  • 'Adobe Photoshop for Mac OS X CS6 Beta: Here’s the next generation of image editing. Photoshop helps you explore your creativity across all media and can achieve outstanding results.
  • Website Auditor Enterprise 3.7.1: This is an automated solution for search engine optimization (SEO). This is what is called a double module approach and deals with on-page audit and content optimization. It takes just moments to run an analysis of your website and shows you things like structural flaws and html code errors and broken links.

These are just some of the top Mac shareware sites available for a lot less than other software titles that are not shareware. In many cases shareware is nearly free it's so inexpensive.

Why Shareware

If you have never purchased Mac Shareware, you may be wondering why you should bother. If you have ever bought a software title from the store you know from experience that once the box is opened you cannot return it. The great thing about shareware is you get to use it first before you buy it.

While you may be under no legal obligations to pay for shareware, the only way the system works is by people paying for it. All the developers are asking is that you only pay for software that you like and use frequently. If that's the case, you should pay for it.

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