Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare v2.0, a product that lets you transfer files between Macs and Wintel systems over a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. It’s available for the traditional Mac operating system (from System 9.0 upwards), with a Mac OS X version promised “soon.”
This new version includes streamlined support for workgroups containing from two to 50 computers, where any number of workgroups can be set up on a network. Settings can be easily transferred to all computers in a workgroup, making it simple to manage networks containing a large number of computers, according to Michael Wildoer of Lava.
MacTech magazine reports that PC-Mac-Net FileShare offers additional benefits compared to file sharing built into Mac and Windows operating systems. All file access is protected by 448-bit encryption and sharing passwords. File transfers can be paused and resumed at any time. All shared files must be located in the “Shared” folder on the desktop, preventing remote users from accessing other disks and folders.
PC-Mac-Net FileShare is fully Mac aware, correctly transferring flat files from Windows PCs and files with resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macs, Wildoer said. Files transferred from PCs to Macs have their type/creator set automatically (based on the Windows PC file name extension). Files transferred from Mac to PC have their PC file name extension added automatically.
A free demo is available for download from the Lava Software Web site. Registration is US$24.95 per license, and one license required for each computer. Volume and school discounts are available. Purchasers get download access to the current version of the software for all platforms, as well as free upgrades for one year.