Optical drive maker Plextor Corp. on Wednesday announced its PX-712UF DVD±R/RW drive. The new drive can burn DVD+R discs at 12x and DVD-R discs at 8x, and supports DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW as well. Although external DVD-R drives do not work with Apple’s iDVD software, they are supported by DVD Studio Pro and various third-party DVD and CD burning software. The US$299 drive features USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces, and ships with Mac and Windows software (Roxio’s Toast Lite versions 5 and 6 are included for Mac users). Look for the new drive at retailers beginning in August. Plextor’s Web site did not contain information about the new drive as MacCentral posted this article.