Symantec Ships Norton Utilities 4.0 -- After a lengthy period of public beta testing, Symantec Corporation has released Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0, featuring support for both Mac OS 8.5 and the HFS+ disk format introduced more than six months ago with Mac OS 8.1. (See "All About Macintosh Extended Format (HFS Plus)" in TidBITS-414.) Along with a revised user interface, Norton Utilities components are now PowerPC-native for improved performance, and Norton Unerase can attempt to recover entire folders as well as individual files. Of course, Norton Utilities still features the widely used Disk Doctor and Speed Disk utilities for disk repair and optimization, and a bootable data recovery CD-ROM. Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0 should be priced around $100, and requires System 7.5.5 or greater and 16 MB of RAM. Although Symantec's initial press release claimed the new version would work with 68040-based Macs, Norton Utilities 4.0 is available only for PowerPC-based Macs. Symantec says owners of previous versions will be able to upgrade for $50. [GD]
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- All About Macintosh Extended Format (HFS Plus) (26 Jan 98)