Mac users have another software supplier slipping into the frame, SoftWide.

Macworld reported the appearance of SoftWide in June 2000.

At that time, the kiosk-based service offered a variety of software titles using a Mac as an interface inside certain WH Smith stores.

SoftWide has left WH Smith to open its own high-street locations. The company also has an e-commerce site.

The service is used by finding the desired software (Mac or PC) on an interactive touch-sensitive screen running SoftWide's catalogue-browsing machine. The machine then burns and prints the software to disc.

SoftWide offers an extensive range of Mac titles, such as Feral Interactive's Max Payne. The company tends to focus on educational titles for Macs. PC titles are also stocked. SoftWide carries 1,650 titles in all, including 400 titles for the Mac.

SoftWide already has high street premises in Chelsea and Camden. A third outlet will open in the Whitgift centre in Croydon by the end of the month, with more store openings planned.

As a special promotion, SoftWide is offering a buy two get one free deal on products bought online or in store. The company is also offering specially reduced prices on language-learning titles from UK software developer EuroTalk.