If you're not sure what to give this holiday season, consider software. The benefits are compelling--here's a chance to connect hobbyist users with top programs they'll love, but may not buy on their own. Sponsoring a download for a friend or family member does you a favor, too, by avoiding the dense, grasping crowds at the electronics store and easing your worry that a boxed product bought online may arrive too late. Did we mention all the resources you save by ditching factory-made packaging?
Now that you're thoroughly convinced software downloads are the way to go, here are top giftable apps to suit a range of tastes and budgets. And for that extra touch, we've rounded up the prices to the nearest dollar.