February 10, 2008

Monday morning news and questions – Giveaway@Mac? Can we do that?

Hello everyone,
Today I have some news for you and also I`m going to ask for help.

Well, Giveaway of the Day has been around for quite some time, and all this time we had emails coming and coming. Some of those emails were asking if there if we have plans to offer Mac OS-based version of our service and TBH we had none.
Mac OS X is a completely different world for us, and difficulties of starting Mac Giveaway of the Day were (and still are) significant, that`s why we tried to stick to Windows family.
Well, those emails kept coming and finally we decided to give the idea of Giveaway@Mac a second thought.

What does that mean? Basically, we will try and start this Mac version, but it will be a bit different from our regular versions. First of all, we would really need community help. You see, we can code the whole activation system anew, we can design a few additional pages and we can buy a few Macs (already did, actually), but that`s not going to be a Mac version of GAOTD but rather some frame for it.

What we lack at the moment and what we need help with is a Mac community here -both visitors and developers. We do not have contacts in the Mac world, so that`s someting I`m going to ask: do you have those? Do you know someone that uses Mac and could be interested in visiting our website? If yes, let him/her know.
Do you know a company or a developer that makes software for Mac OS? If yes, let him/her/them know about us.
We actually do check our software submit form, and we look thru our email boxes overloaded just like us.

Please also note that this Mac version won`t be Mac Giveaway of the Day immediately, let`s be realistic here: it`ll be Mac Giveaway of the Week then Mac Giveaway of the half-Week then Mac Giveaway of a few days…
/Lord Farquaad mode on:
…and so on and so forth. Some of your Macs may die, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.
/Lord Farquaad mode off. I`m not THAT evil.
*evil grin*

Well, that`s all for now and let`s see what we can do together.

Slava and GAOTD team


  1. I use both Max and Windoze platforms. The best known, still-viable site for freebies and latest demo/shareware offerings is at http://www.macupdate.com, so you have your work cut out for yourself.

    Comment by SithLord — March 15th, 2008 at 3:41 pm
  2. I’ve always wondered if Mac developers would ever give up any software. I use Mac at work, and have an old PC at home. Mac offerings in the future would definitely help me decide which way to go when purchasing a much-needed new computer for home. Good luck on this endeavor and thanks for all the giveaways you’ve generously offered.

    Comment by Paulie P. — March 16th, 2008 at 11:46 am
  3. Just read your response to all these requests, and you seem to only talk about “osx” i still use a G3 imac with os9, we all cant just rush out and buy the latest model , if we could afford to do that we wouldnt be so glad for having GAOTD!

    Comment by Tim — March 17th, 2008 at 5:23 am
  4. Yay!! As a life-long mac user (well almost – 20+ years now) I would this!


    Comment by Mitch — March 17th, 2008 at 11:48 am
  5. Mac-fan for some 20 years…. can’t wait!

  6. I only use Macs and would be interested in a Mac giveawayofthedaysite

    Comment by marion sutton — March 19th, 2008 at 6:12 pm
  7. I just switched to Mac. Although I still do use some of my Win programs on my Mac using Fusion (Mac users — better and easier to use than Parallels). I had been thinking about dropping GAOTD because I wasn’t even looking at my emails knowing it wouldn’t be for my Mac side.

    When I saw that Evernote was now available for Mac, I clicked the link.

    I would definitely use a Mac version.

  8. I have recently switched to MAC and had stopped visiting the site because nothing was available for me. I would love to see MAC GAOTD month, week or anything else.

    Comment by Monshinique' — March 21st, 2008 at 2:03 pm
  9. I’d love to see a Mac version of GAOTD as well. There are thousands of Mac software publishers out there (to the commenter who said Mac software development tools were expensive—how is free expensive? Xcode comes with Mac OS X and updates are regularly available for free from developer.apple.com) and I’m sure many of the shareware authors in particular would love the opportunity to spread the word. I know one developer personally (contact me privately for their information, please) but you could also check macupdate.com and versiontracker.com for comprehensive lists of Mac OS software and developers.

    Comment by David — March 21st, 2008 at 2:07 pm
  10. Count me in as a long-time Mac-man interested in you doing a Mac-users version!

    Comment by Steven — March 22nd, 2008 at 12:13 pm
  11. I’ve been a GOTD user for as nearly as long as it’s been up.
    But anyway, I also use a mac, and would LOVE mac applications.

    There certainly is a lack and it’d be great to have a reliable resource for interesting, varied and free mac apps.

    thanks for the work you guys do, I certainly have benefited from it!

    Comment by subgirl — March 22nd, 2008 at 7:42 pm
  12. Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
    Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

    My prayers are answered! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    This site will be very successful & appreciated — probably more than the other sites are.
    Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

    — A loyal Mac lover since the very first days of Apple, back in the days of Steve & Steve

    Comment by Lee — March 23rd, 2008 at 10:00 pm
  13. have you asked kewelbox? they have games in mac too. http://www.kewelbox.com some are already freeware , some aren’t. they’re pretty nice,i have been a member of their site for a few years.

  14. I am a Mac user, it’s my primary computer. I would LOVE this! I have a Windows machine, too, and visited you regularly before, but I haven’t in a while…thought I would check and see what’s happening with you now. I am SO glad you are going to do this… this ROCKS!

    Comment by elaine — March 24th, 2008 at 4:48 am
  15. Yeah a fantastic great idea-i would really appreciate that :)

    Comment by Michael — March 24th, 2008 at 5:09 am
  16. Yeah a MAC & CHEESE Site, that way mac users dont have to delve out 500-1,200$ for the softwares for a MAC… LOL Sad but true whereas PC software (top of the line ranking with MAC Software) is by far cheaper, but then again so is a top of the line alienware PC as well, Mac & Me? Well, sorry i have shuttled of to microsoft & alienware.com to get the goods, thanks

  17. That would be fantastic! I have 8 computers in my home-based office: 5 PC’s and 3 Macs. The Macs are in use all day long. The PC’s hardly ever get turned on anymore, since we got the Macs.

    When we have to run the odd PC app, 90% of the time we do it in Parallels or VM Fusion on our Intel powered Macs. The PC’s are largely irrelevant now. Please go for it with the Mac Giveaway site idea. You will instantly increase the number of users of your sites by a significant percentage.

    Thanks much.

    Comment by Ron — March 25th, 2008 at 6:37 am
  18. Is there any way to get an RSS feed or some other way of being notified specifically of the Mac giveaways? I’m a Mac user and while I’m delighted that you’re adding some Mac software to the mix, it would be kind of aggravating to sign up for notifications when the vast majority of them will be for Windows software… Any way of doing a separate feed for Macs?

    Comment by Lynna — March 25th, 2008 at 6:31 pm
  19. What a great idea. The more people that gain access to mac software the better. As a family who have been mac users for 16 years it makes a change to get some freebies.

    Comment by Phil — March 26th, 2008 at 1:55 am
  20. Hi there, for apple software you can visit our website: http://www.apple-soft.net.

  21. I would love to see this, but I’d rather see freeware on days you can’t get a program for free for us, than something substandard.

  22. Yeah, keep up the good work. I would come and visit the mac site everyday !

    Comment by u1725 — April 9th, 2008 at 3:41 pm
  23. Can you make a mailing list that is specifically for Mac friendly giveaways?

    Comment by blue — April 29th, 2008 at 8:29 am
  24. I’d love to see this happen.

    Comment by Ein2015 — May 5th, 2008 at 2:58 pm
  25. It would be a wonderful gift for the users if you can get this setup; not to mention a great marketing opportunity for the countless Mac software developers out there who have some very useful tools but aren’t well known yet.

    Comment by Raj — June 30th, 2008 at 10:46 am
  26. Just started looking at and using gaotd for Windows. Use Mac OS X much more and look forward to a similar service even if it begins weekly (or monthly).

    Comment by Phil — July 31st, 2008 at 9:55 am
  27. A great idea! I’d be a regular visitor and will let alot of other Mac users know too. Send out an email when you get the site up!


    Comment by DR — August 5th, 2008 at 7:58 pm
  28. I used to be a PC user as all my family is. And I got a lot of great things from GAOTD, especially games. Now I am a Mac user, and keep coming to your site hoping to find some games for us Mac users !!
    Hope you can do something for us !
    Thanks !

    Comment by Genevieve — August 15th, 2009 at 6:37 am
  29. This would be great! I would come over every day! I currently use a PC for gaming and GAOTD and a mac for everything else, so this would be very welcome. I hope once valve releases steam for mac I can completely get rid of my PC, but that’s discussion for another place.

    Comment by Tmas — March 30th, 2010 at 5:06 pm
  30. PLEASE MAKE A MAC VERSION!!! I have been visiting your site for years, juast for those few days a year that you release somethng for mac, because I don not have a windows.

    Comment by IheartMACS — May 7th, 2011 at 9:26 am
  31. Same for me:….. PLEASE MAKE A MAC VERSION!!! I have been visiting your site for years, juast for those few days a year that you release somethng for mac, because I don not have a windows….hope you will do it fpr mac;-)

    Comment by Paul — June 2nd, 2011 at 7:10 am
  32. Same Here go MAC :)
    And make a IPhone app with rss to it :)

    Thanks!!!! You guys are great

    Comment by Alex — June 27th, 2011 at 2:09 am

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