Griffin Technology has released new iMate software — version 1.5 for Mac OS X and version 2.7 for Mac OS 9.
Griffin’s iMate is a USB-to-ADB adaptor lets you connect ADB peripherals (mice, keyboards, trackballs, trackpads, hardware dongles, etc.) to your Power Mac, iMac, PowerBook or iBook. It supports multiple devices and will even allow ADB based security dongles to function within Classic mode on Mac OS X. This includes the hardware protection dongle required for international versions of QuarkXpress, as well as hundreds of other software titles.
Plus, the iMate adaptor now enables many ADB devices to function for the first time in Mac OS X, according to Andrew Green, Griffin’s vice president of marketing. It also supports any other device that communicates with an application, including Lacie’s FM radio, ADB I/O, Alphasmart portable writing tools, and others, Green said.
The new version doesn’t support input devices in Classic, but these devices can still be used in Mac OS X with the iMate. However, note that a few ADB input devices still don’t have Mac OS X ADB driver support.
iMate software is now available for download. The iMate adapter itself costs US$39.