Dantz Development Corp. announced today that Apple CD-RW drives shipping with the G4, iBook and iMac are now supported in Retrospect Backup 4.3.
Apple and Dantz worked together using the Shared Device Access Protocol (SDAP), the industry standard method for arbitrating access to storage devices in the Macintosh OS. Dantz is offering a free Retrospect Extensions Updater for Retrospect Backup 4.3 that provides additional SDAP support. Apple has included the SDAP Authoring Support extension in the recently released Mac OS 9.2.1, allowing SDAP-compliant control of Apple hardware.
“The Shared Device Access Protocol was created to allow software applications to share CD-RW devices,” said Pat Lee, product marketing manager at Dantz. “Without SDAP, users would have to restart their Macs with a different extension set each time they wanted to use their CD-RW drive with a different program. SDAP solves the problem of CD-RW application and driver compatibility.”
Dantz’s Retrospect Driver Update 2.2 and Retrospect Extensions Updater for Retrospect 4.3 are both required and free downloads from the Dantz Web site.