Mac peripheral reseller
Other World Computing
today announced that it’s discontinuing its DVD Enabler software and is dropping all support of Apple’s iDVD software. OWC said it’s making this move “in response to a request from Apple Computer.”
DVD Enabler was recently released by OWC. The software tool provided the ability for OWC’s line of FireWire-based Mercury Pro external DVD-R/RW storage systems to work with Apple’s own iDVD software. While Apple provides support for external drives with its pro-level DVD Studio Pro software, iDVD is limited for use with SuperDrive-equipped Macs.
OWC president Larry O’Connor said that despite strong customer support for DVD Enabler, his company “values [its] long-standing relationship with Apple” and would comply with Apple’s request.
This is not the first dispute related to third party support of DVD-RWs and Macs, either. Late last month Apple stopped
from selling eMac systems that the company had equipped with SuperDrives. SuperDrive-equipped eMacs are not available from Apple, but Zettabyte installed the mechanism and provided a copy of iDVD. The company estimated that it was making 30-40 units a day to fulfill customer requests before it had to cease production and cancel orders. It seems that Mac users haven’t heard the last of Zettabyte, either — the company’s Web site has been replaced with a note: “Sick of your CD-ROM? Want a SuperDrive? We know, and we’ve got you covered! Coming late August 2002.”
OWC’s Mercury Pro products support other DVD and CD authoring applications, including Apple DVD Studio Pro, iTunes, Roxio’s Toast software, CharisMac Discribe and others. The Mercury Pro drive features a Pioneer DVR-104 drive mechanism, built in headphone jack and power eject. It comes with five DVD-R discs, 25 CD-R discs, a CD-RW disc and connecting cables. The drive ships in configurations starting at US$399.95.