Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals Week starts -- a couple of deals that were of interest to me.

Cyber Monday Week is now with us after the hectic antics of Black Friday at offline stores.

Specials in software today that were of interest to me, so I'm passing those on:
Microsoft Office 2010 or 2011 for PC or Mac: 1-user, 3 installs, "Family pack" $90 currently (the prices change unexpectedly).  They have deals in every category, but this was just my own focus today.
  Mac-2011,   PC-2010.

Those are for the downloadable versions. It's the same price for CD ROM versions if preferred (and those are linked from these product pages), but the downloaded version stays available to you on the server for re-download and there's no tax in California on e- or purely-digital-versions.

Adobe Lightroom - In photography groups, there were mentions of Adobe Lightroom 4 downloads or physical packages for $99 (briefly $79 on the latter), instead of the usual $149 today and they seem to be in effect for Cyber Monday as well.

  Adobe offers them for $99 only if you buy the $500-$600 Photoshop package too (except on Black Friday), so this is a good price.

  For those interested or who already HAVE Lightroom 4, here's a great series of FREE online Lightroom 4 video tutorials by Adobe and they have similar free video tutorials for other Adobe packages.  These are really well done.

ALSO of interest for Lightroom users will be two free online video guides by Michael Frye -- the first one explains the changes and how the new processes work and affect an image's appearance.   The second video shows examples of processing both high and low-contrast images and discusses good settings to start with and whether the improved Basic sliders can replace using curves.

  If you prefer a book-type guide to Lightroom 4, the Kindle Version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers is $19.80 tonight, 64% lower than the Print List Price of $55, Amazon says, but it's 55% off the Digital List Price of $44.  I don't know if the $19.80 is a Cyber Monday Week price or not, but I did buy it as it has a good rep.  And that's an unusually low price for an Adobe 'Complete guide.'

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NOTES on newer Kindles.
Updated Kindle Fire Basic  7" tablet - $159
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB - $199/$249
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16/32GB - $299/$369
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G 32/64GB - $499/$599
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $69/$89
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi - $119/$139
Kindle Paperwhite, 3G - $179/$199
Kindle Keybd 3G - $139/$159, Free but slow web
Kindle DX - $379 $299, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £69
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £89 Refurb'd
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle Paperwhite, WiFi
Kindle Paperwhite 3G, UK
Kindle Fire 2, UK
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16/32GB, UK
OTHER International
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $89
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
  Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB

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  1. You are aware that those deals are for versions of Office one release level back? The current version is Office 2013 (available now to enterprise, Technet, and MSDN customers -- generally available in a few weeks). Office 2013 will be available as a full packaged product (FPP), but is more expensive than previously. Office 2013 is also available as a subscription with cheaper upfront costs, but subscription goes on and on -- it does provide access to upgrades. The subscriptions start at $100 per year, and are good on up to 5 pc's -- they also throw in 60 minutes Skype usage/month and 20GB of Skydrive storage. The FPP prices will be $220 for student, and $350 for professional. The FPP versions no longer include the multi-user versions: only 1 PC per license. They are trying to push customers to the subscription model

    Of course Office 2013 may not be for everyone as it includes elements of the new Windows 8 "metro style" -- which is not to everybody's taste -- so Office 2010 may be a good choice for many -- just wanted to make sure your readers are aware of the options :D.

    1. Thanks much, Edward, for adding the information. At UC Berkeley, there is also nothing newer being currently sold. And the prices at Amazon beat the prices for UC staff and not fully-currently-active students, which is odd, considering that UC can get better deals than most.

      With MS Office, I always buy behind. I've been using 2003 all this time and would continue to except that I can't find my install-disc to add it to my current laptop, so I thought it was probably time to go to 2010, which has been used by many recently. On a personal level, I am happy with 2003, actually, and not upgrade except for the lost disc and would never consider subscriptions at the cost you mention. Thanks for that info re the subscription model being super encouraged also.

      There are some who prefer 2003 to 2010 still...

      But glad this informational comment will be part of the blog entry.


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