Software MacKiev

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Software MacKiev
Type Privately Held
Industry Software
Founded 1 April 1997
Headquarters 30 Union Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
Products See products listing

Software MacKiev is a company specialized in consumer and educational software development and publishing for Macintosh, Windows, and mobile platforms. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Software MacKiev has its main workshop in Kiev, Ukraine.


In addition to developing Macintosh, Windows, iOS, and Android software under contract for other software companies, Software MacKiev publishes its own consumer and education software titles including HyperStudio® (Acquired from Sunburst Technologies in 2007) and Kid Pix® (Acquired from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011). The company also publishes selected titles under license from World Book, Inc. and Riverdeep, Inc. The company's most popular software products include:

  • The Print Shop for Mac - leading desktop publishing software package
  • Kid Pix Deluxe 3D - a drawing, painting and presentation program for kids (Mac and Windows editions)
  • Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing - Ultimate Mac Edition - a touch typing tutor for QWERTY and DVORAK keyboards
  • Roger Wagner's HyperStudio 5 - a multimedia authoring tool (Mac and Windows editions)
  • World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia (Mac/Win hybrid)
  • ClueFinders® Adventures - math, logic and problem-solving for 3rd-6th grade students, presented like a Saturday morning cartoon adventure series. (Mac/Win hybrid)
  • Edmark Thinkin' Things - logic and music skills for children 4–8 years old

Software MacKiev's The Print Shop has won several awards, including a MacWorld Editor's Choice Award ("MacEddy") for Best Family Graphics App, and Best of Show awards at Macworld New York 2003 and Macworld Boston 2005.

In 2003, World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia for Mac OS X won an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Technology Adoption, and was runner-up for Best Mac OS X Product of the year.

In 2004, Kid Pix Deluxe 3X won a Best of Show award at Macworld San Francisco.

In 2005, Software MacKiev released the first product that the company created rather than licensed, 3D Weather Globe & Atlas, which was chosen as runner up for Best Mac OS X User Experience at the 10th annual Apple Design Awards.

In 2007, Software MacKiev acquired Roger Wagner Publishing, Inc. from Sunburst Technologies, thus gaining ownership of the HyperStudio and SiteCentral brands.

In 2010, Software MacKiev introduced Kid Pix 3D, which won an Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Design from Children's Software Review, and a Parent's Choice Silver Award.

In 2011, Software MacKiev acquired the Kid Pix® brand from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and introduced a Windows version of Kid Pix 3D.

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