Miramar Systems Inc., which makes PC/Mac connectivity software, has updated PC MACLAN to version 9.0.
PC MACLAN is a solution for Mac-to-PC connectivity. The MACLAN products for Windows 95/98/ME and Windows NT/2K/XP let users network with Mac operating systems to create a network of Macs and PCs for sharing files, drives and printers bi-directionally on a LAN, WAN, or wireless network. Version 9.0 supports larger file sizes, offers expanded printer support, provides full support for Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”), supports network drivers, and is easier to install and set up, according to Greg Goodman, vice president of product management.
PC MACLAN now supports files over 2GB in size, longer file names, and longer petitions, thanks in part to support of the latest version of AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFT 3.0). This allows Macs with Mac OS 8.5.1 and higher (or the latest AppleShare client) installed to see drives larger than 2GB on the PC. The PC can view drives larger than 2GB on Mac OS 9 or higher systems, or AppleShare IP 6.0 or higher servers.
“Support for larger file sizes are especially important for those doing video editing or working with large Photoshop files,” Goodman told MacCentral. “Plus, with PC MACLAN, Macs on a network have full access to any PC or server that the PC can access.”
The new, user-friendly Wizard makes the product even easier to user by allowing easy set-up and quick enabling of bi-directional, cross-platform environments for sharing files, drives, and printers, Goodman said. The product also ensures that a network adapter is correctly selected, he added.
“There’s also better printer support for printers that are non-PostScript, such as dot matrix and inkjet printers,” Goodman said. “We’ve also updated the look and feel. We’ve taken an Apple-shaped logo and added Windows color to it to reflect the cross platform interoperability.”
The new features were based on both user feedback and in-house research. For example, some of the recommendations for PC MACLAN 9.0 came from Miramar’s support department.
“PC MACLAN is a mature product, so we don’t get lots of support calls,” Goodman said. “However, our support department is happy to see the calls reduced even more, as we provide people with an even better out-of-the-box experience.”
A wide range of people use PC MACLAN, but the bulks of customers are in the home and small business markets, as well as prepress and publishing. Miramar thinks that the product fits in well with Apple’s “Switch” campaign.
“Obviously, ours is a bit of a different take than Apple’s, which is pretty much to dump your PC,” Goodman said. “In reality, most people don’t throw away their computer. They keep them around as a spare machine or give them to their kids, relatives or friends. If you’re switching platforms or are adding new systems, our product makes it easier to have the benefit of both machines. But the ‘Switch’ campaign has drawn a lot of attention to the Mac platform, which is great.”
PC MACLAN 9.0 retails for US$199 and is available immediately. It comes with such free file compatibility utilities as AKA, PC Migrator, and MacOpener. If you’re a registered user of PC MACLAN 8.1, the upgrade price is $69; for all previous versions, it’s $99.