Apple today released a new version of its Multiple Users system software, available for download through the Software Updates control panel of Mac OS 9. As MacCentral went to press with this article, the software was not available for download from Apple’s Software Updates Web site.
Multiple Users enables Mac OS 9 users to configure their systems for use by more than one individual. The software comes in particularly handy in homes, labs and other environments where individual Macintoshes may be access by more than one person.
The Multiple Users control panel enables the Mac’s owner to administer up to 40 user accounts, each with unique access permissions. Access can be restricted to certain applications, folders network services, and other functions. User-specified control panel settings, Web browser bookmarks and other customizations can also be managed. Users can password-protect their accounts, and can use voiceprint passwords as well.
The Software Update control panel does not specify what has changed in the new version of Multiple Users. The new version number is 1.4.1, which replaces version 1.2 included with Mac OS 9.1. For more information about Mac OS 9’s Multiple Users feature, visit
Apple’s Web site.