We all knew it was coming but yesterday Valve updated the Steam store with a host of software applications. This was not the first non-game available to download on Steam, as Source Filmmaker got there first in late June. Interestingly, the announcement was initially made that more software would hop onto Steam on September 5th, but that date came and went with no change. This was around the time when Greenlight launched, so Valve probably thought it best to postpone a software launch until that cooled down.
What software is available through Steam? There is no office productivitiy software but there are game design-related programs. There are seven pieces of software on Steam and they are:
- 3DMark 11
- 3DMark Vantage
- ArtRage Studio Pro
- CameraBag 2
- GameMaker: Studio
- Source Filmmaker
Of all the programs, both Source Filmmaker and GameMaker: Studio are free. However, don't let things like that fool you as GameMaker: Studio is free because of all the features it lacks. In order to get fuller versions, upgrades are available at additional cost, totaling up to a massive bundle for $450. One funny thing to note is that GameMaker also has Steam Achievements for things like getting a hundred compile errors.
Most of the programs are very reasonably priced at least and have a 10% discount for their first week. Give the small library of software a look and if what you want isn't there maybe it will be added in the future.
Do any of these programs interest you? What software would you get on Steam if it were available?