Here's something you don't see very often: a freebie for Macs. But Digiarty Software is showing the love by offering the WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, normally $35.95, absolutely free. No strings attached.
If the WinX name sounds familiar, it's because the company has offered a few Windows-only freebies in the past--most notably the Windows version of the same app (sorry, but that offer's long gone).
DVD Ripper can copy copy-protected movies to your hard drive and convert them to any number of popular formats, including FLV, MOV, and MP4. In other words, it's a great tool for making your DVDs watchable on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.
It can also extract MP3s from DVDs, a feature I've used for pulling the tracks off the kids' "Schoolhouse Rock" collection. (Oh, come on, like you don't sing along to "Conjunction Junction.")
I'm not a Mac user, so I have no firsthand experience with this version of the software. (If you do, give a shout-out in the comments.) But I've used its Windows counterpart, and it works like a charm.
To get the program, just hit the WinX DVD Ripper for Mac product page before May 1, click the green Free Download button, and use the provided registration code when it asks for it. (Bonus: Unlike many aforementioned Giveaway of the Day-sponsored DVD rippers, this one should work for life. In other words, the registration code isn't DRM-ed to a specific date.)
Bonus deal: Frys.com has a dual-core Acer 15.6-inch laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium for $349.99, plus $8 for shipping (and sales tax in some states). Amazingly, this is a new system, not a refurb. Consequently, it'll probably sell out very, very quickly.