Last year a meme went around asking bloggers what software applications they purchased that year. Loving the idea, I responded in my own blog post.
While no meme is going around this year (at least so far), I thought it would be interesting to return to my list and see exactly what applications I said I would purchase and did, and what applications I ended up buying unexpectingly. So, without further ado, here’s this year’s application list.
Last Year’s Predictions
- Adobe CS3 Educational Version – Yes, I managed to snag a copy this year. Got it at a pretty good price too thanks to my university book store.
- Leopard – Of course I purchased Leopard this year. I wish I could have purchased it in May, the original release date, but at least it was released this year.
- Microsoft Office
20072008 Education Version – Would have loved to purchased the new Office this year, but Microsoft failed to deliver. Yes, I know I can purchased 2004 now and receive 2008 for the cost of shipping, but I’d rather walk in to an Apple Store and get my copy right then and there.
- TextMate Leopard Edition – Had this been released, I probably would have purchased it. If TextMate does eventually come out with a Leopard-only version, I’m still planning on paying the MacHeist upgrade costs.
- Xtorrent – Yes, I purchased it, and I feel I got my money’s worth.
My 2007 Application Purchases
- Billings – I purchased Billings as soon as I started my freelancing business. While there is a minor bug that I reported to the developers and has been ignored, this is still a solid freelancing management app.
- Connect360 – I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Connect360 this past year. When it works, it’s the best app in town. When it doesn’t, it makes you wish you had Windows Media Center just so Microsoft’s damn propriety standards would ‘work’.
- iFlash – I purchased this application to help me in my required three semesters of Spanish. While I haven’t used it as much as I should, I have nothing bad to say about this small little app.
- iLife ’08 – Loving the new iLife, although I only seem to use iPhoto.
- iShowU – Alright, I admit it. I didn’t purchase iShowU; it was gifted to me by an unnamed company (thanks!).
- Mailplane – Some may say purchasing a wrapper for a web-based application is dumb. I say I love Gmail’s interface, I love taking advantage of desktop email features, and this application makes them coexist. Although, I wish Gmail 2.0 would start refreshing the inbox. I keep replying late to my email!
- OmniFocus – I’m pretty sure I purchased this due to the recommendations flying left and right on Twitter. OmniFocus is up there as one my best purchases of 2007 – and it’s not even out of beta!
- Pzizz – I have used Pzizz every night since I purchased it. If you can’t fall asleep or like power naps, this application is for you.
- Saft – Thanks to Safari 3 finally working like a browser should, I needed this little app to add a few of my favorite features from Firefox.
- Spanning Sync – iCal and Google Calendar have never lived happier.
- SteerMouse – I really wish I didn’t have to purchase this application, but I have nothing bad to say about it. The author has done a great job keeping up to date with OS updates.
- Synk – I nominate this for my worst application purchase of 2007. Not because Synk isn’t good, but it got replaced by Time Machine a few months after my purchase. I knew that would happen, so I honestly can’t complain.
- VisualHub – Purchased for converting videos for 360 use. Although kind of pointless now that the 360 supports H.264/Xvid, I still get some use out of it.
- VMware Fusion – Yes, I purchased Parallels last year, but VMware turned out better and Parallels started charging for updates.
Upcoming Purchases in 2008
- iPhone / iPod touch Applications – While I don’t know what Apple is doing with its upcoming SDK, I do know I’m willing to purchase applications for the platform. Whether it be games from iTunes or add-ons to programs like OmniFocus, I’m ready to fork over money for legitimate 3rd-party applications.
- MacHeist II Bundle – Let me just say this: I love MacHeist. While I hope this year’s bundle contains some really great applications, I know I’ll be purchasing it regardless. Why? I get it for free due to last year’s PayPal payment issues.
- Newsfire 2 – Rumor has it a new Newsfire version is coming, and if it manages to add some nice features, I’ll gladly pay the upgrade price.
- Twitterrific – This is a tough one and I’m still on the fence about it. I like Twitterrific, but I hate the ads. I don’t really think $15 is worth the price of removing the ads when there are other free applications like Snitter (although a great app, Adobe AIR runs like crap).
- Versions – If this app ever manages to release a beta, I think it has a good shot at taking some money from me.
There’s my list, now what have you bought or are planning to buy? I’d love to see this meme pick up some steam again.