Black Friday Software to Help You Create Content, Be Productive

software-bf-iWith all of the deals on hardware and gadgets, its too easy to forget the software that lets you unleash a computer’s full potential. Fortunately, there are some fantastic deals on software that lets you work smarter and create better.

Adobe Deals

Adobe, in particular has some very sweet offers going on through November 30th, and free shipping on all of them with coupon code BLKMONFS. These include:

  • Adobe Elements Bundle 8 for $99.99. Unless you’re a professional designer or video editor with a healthy software budget, the Elements bundle, which includes Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 together, should be able to meet all your media editing needs. (Buy)
  • Photoshop Elements 8 for $59.99. If you don’t edit video and don’t plan to, you can get Photoshop Elements by itself for $40 less than the combo price. (Buy)
  • Photoshop Elements 8 with keychain camera for $49.99. has an even better deal on Elements 8, selling it for $10 less than Adobe and including a keychain camera that takes 25 low-res photos or 17 seconds of video. (Buy)
  • $20 off orders of $250 – $499 with coupon code BLKMON15. You can use this code to reduce the price on any of Adobe’s pricey programs: Photoshop CS4,  Dreamweaver CS4,Flash CS4 Professional, Premiere CS4, and more.(Buy)

Microsoft Office Deals

If you want the power of Microsoft Office, without breaking the bank, there’s good news this holiday season.

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student (3-pack) for $59.99. You can outfit your entire family with Office 2007 for less than even one license normally sells for. The Home and Student Edition of Office 2007 comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You won’t get Outlook in this package, but there are so many free e-mail programs out there. (Buy)

Windows 7 Deals

Get 10% off the OEM versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Click here for the coupon codes. OEM versions are made for manufacturers or people who build their own computers, but there’s no reason the average consumer can’t buy them. It isn’t any more difficult to install the OEM version, but you won’t be able to upgrade your Vista installation — only the full install is available. This won’t be as much of an an issue for Windows XP users, though. You also won’t get phone support and you’ll only be able to install on one computer. You’ll need a new copy if you want to move your windows to another PC later.

Corel Deals

You can get 10-percent off on all software purchases with coupon codes BFSAVE10 or CMSAVE10. Black Friday deals go through November 29th and include:

Download Deals

Click here for a roundup of deals on software downloads from anti-virus apps to photo and video creation programs.

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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