The Ideal Software Bundle for Scientists?
Software bundles like MacHeist have become a regular feature of the Mac landscape of late. There are plenty of good deals to be had, and plenty of discussion about the ethics of such bundles. But leaving all that aside, what would be your ideal bundle for science?
I was thinking about this the other day. Here's the list I came up with:
That comes to a total price of around $400. Give me that for $50, or even $100, and I would be a very happy — and productive — scientist. (Actually, I already have a lot of this software, so I might not be the target audience. My intention was more to come up with a package that a scientist beginning on the Mac, or with little knowledge of the available software packages, would most benefit from.)
In choosing my bundle I have tried to target a general scientist, and have not included any domain specific products. I have also tried to include a package to target each of the most common activities of a scientist: personal organization, diagramming, data storage, text editing, reading and storing literature, plotting results, digitalizing data, and writing articles.
I'm sure there are lots of programs I have forgotten, or programs listed above that others will disagree on. Post your ideal bundle in the comments, and let the discussion begin.