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Mac Software Makes Resurgence In 1998
PC Data has released their year end numbers for 1998 and we found that Mac titles have made a resurgence. In overall business titles for instance, Mac OS 8 was the number 12 best selling unit for the year besting such popular PC titles as Microsoft FrontPage 98, Norton UnInstaller Deluxe Symantec [Editor's Note: It kills me that an uninstaller program for Windows is in the Top 20!], Norton Antivirus 4 Deluxe, Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus, VirusScan 3 Deluxe Network Associates $51, and Norton Utilities (for Windows).

In addition, scattered throughout other categories such as best selling games and overall best selling software are such Hybrid products as Myst (the number 9 selling software title for all of 1998), Quark Xpress, and Quicken. The Learning Company, a company that puts out all its educational titles on the Mac and PC grabbed over 40% of the educational market and some 11% of the overall marker though it would be a stretch to say that Mac sales contributed much to the overall sales of the Learning Company as many of their subsidiaries are decidedly not Mac-friendly.

Adobe is the number 7 best selling software company with 3.15% of all software sales. Mac sales account for over 40% of all Adobe sales without which the maker of Photoshop would be pushed down to the number 12 spot. Similarly Quark is the number 17 company with .89% of all software sales. The majority of Quark Xpress sales are still totally dominated by the Mac.

Apple was the number 23rd best selling software company with .67% of all software sales. Most of Apple's software sales are obviously for the Mac though QuickTime has made major inroads on the PC side. Way to go Apple!

Here are the numbers from PC Data for Mac titles.












The Top Selling Mac Titles:
Rank	Title	 	                    Publisher	     Price
1 Mac Os 8 Apple Computer $92
2 Norton Antivirus 5 Symantec $66
3 Adobe Photoshop 5 Upgrade Adobe $179
4 Norton Utilities Symantec $93
5 MacInTax Intuit $38
6 Quicken Deluxe Intuit $59
7 MacInTax Deluxe Intuit $44
8 Norton Utilities 4 Symantec $94
9 Microsoft Office 98 Upgrade Microsoft $259
10 Quark Xpress Quark $686 Top Selling Mac Games Rank Title Publisher Price
1 NASCAR I Havas Interactive $16
2 Monopoly Game Hasbro Interactive $25
3 Star Wars: Dark Forces LucasArts $16
4 7th Guest Virgin $15
5 Myst Learning Company $24
6 Civilization 2 GT Interactive $40
7 Diablo Havas Interactive $45
8 Myth: The Fallen Lords Bungie $36
9 Deer Hunter GT Interactive $19
10 Mac Pack Blitz Aztech New Media $35 Top-Selling Mac Business Software Rank Title Publisher Price
1 Mac Os 8 Apple Computer $92
2 Norton Antivirus 5 Symantec $66
3 Adobe Photoshop 5 Upgrade Adobe $179
4 Norton Utilities Symantec $93
5 Norton Utilities 4 Symantec $94
6 Microsoft Office 98 Upgrade Microsoft $259
7 Quark Xpress Quark $686
8 Virex Network Associates $62
9 Norton Utilities Upgrade Symantec $48
10 Spring Cleaning 2 Aladdin $36

The Mac Observer Spin: Wow! Fantastic! While we all know the mac is making a comeback and is looking stronger than ever, but it is nice to see this reflected in 3rd party data. The Mac OS still accounts for a very small percentage of the overall market but that percentage is heading up! Hardware figures for the full year should be out soon and we all know that the iMac was the number one selling computer for the 4th quarter. The Mac Observer is working on having a further breakdown of PC Data's statistics and we will let you know when we have more!

PC Data



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