March 17, 2011, 9:06 PM — The multiple disasters afflicting Japan--earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear--have created an outpouring of charity around the world. As part of the effort, several Apple-oriented software developers are donating services and money to ease the suffering of victims and their families.
Oregon-based Panic announced Thursday that 100% of its sales proceeds for the 24 hours ending at 10 a.m. Pacific Friday will be donated to Japanese relief efforts. The company's Mac apps include the Transmit 4 FTP client; Coda Web development software; and Unison usenet browser. The programs can be purchased through the Mac App Store or directly from Panic's online store--the donation will apply in either case.
California-based SmartRoam announced on Tuesday that users of its ChatTime VoIP app for the iPhone--a product pitched at those making international phone calls--can make free calls to Japan until the end of March. (Unlimited calling to Japan from the United States usually costs $15 a month on ChatTime.) Users who have placed calls to Japan since the earthquake began will have charges for those calls waived.
Idaho's Devon Technologies--maker of data-management Mac software such as Devon Think and Devon Agent--says it will donate 20% of its March proceeds to Japanese relief efforts, with most of its donations likely to go to Doctors Without Borders.