It is not so long ago that buying software involved a trip to the local computer store, parting with some money and then travelling home with a physical box containing an installation disc. These boxes of discs could then be stored on a bookshelf until they were needed next.

Nowadays, a large proportion of software purchases are made online and this means that software is downloaded rather than bought in physical format. Appshelf is a Mac app that can be used as a virtual bookshelf to help keep all of your software purchases organised.

Appshelf is a comprehensive database tool that can be used to store all of the information you have about your software purchases - including serial numbers, licence files and helpful links.

Software can be organised in multiple categories and you have the option of creating as many databases as you need. To help make things as easy as possible, the app can be used to scan you email inbox for messages that contain serial numbers, while the interface make the program a pleasure to use.

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With a bargain price tag, Appshelf is well worth checking out if you make a lot of online software purchases.