Retrospect 4.2 Update & Retrospect for Windows -- Days after releasing Retrospect for Windows, Dantz Development has released a free downloadable upgrade for the Macintosh version of Retrospect. Retrospect 4.2 changes the way Retrospect Client licenses work, shifting from individual client licenses to application-based licenses that should ease administration of numerous Retrospect Clients. Retrospect Client packs also now contain versions for both the Macintosh and Windows; in the past, you had to purchase them separately. All previously purchased Retrospect Client codes work with both the current Macintosh or Windows clients (you should also download the Retrospect Client Updaters package from Dantz's Web site). Accessing networked clients is easier in Retrospect 4.2, which can automatically find clients within defined IP address ranges. Long-time Retrospect users will need to pay attention to a few terminology changes made to clarify basic Retrospect operations: StorageSets are now called "backup sets," New backups are "New Media backups," and Full backups now go by "Recycle backups." Retrospect 4.2 will also feature new HTML Help and updated documentation, but neither are available yet. Finally, although the updater works only with the English language version of Retrospect 4.1, international users can now take advantage of the 56-bit DES encryption that Dantz previously wasn't able to export. The Retrospect 4.2 Updater is a 2.2 MB download, and the Retrospect Client Updater package weighs in at 1.9 MB.
Dantz has also released the first full version of Retrospect for Windows (previously, Retrospect Clients for Windows were available, so you could use a Mac to backup Windows machines). Retrospect 5.0 for Windows comes in three versions: Retrospect Desktop Backup, Retrospect Workgroup Backup, and Retrospect Server Backup. The $150 Desktop version runs on Windows 95/98 and NT Workstation and backs up a single PC to all removable cartridge drives and most CD-R, CD-RW, and tape drives. The $300 Workgroup version also runs on NT Server and includes 20 Retrospect Client licenses to back up either networked Windows or Macintosh clients. The $500 Server version includes 100 Retrospect Client licenses and can back up client machines over multiple IP subnets. You can download a 30-day 7.8 MB demo of Retrospect for Windows.
The release marks Dantz Development's first major move out of the Macintosh market, where Dantz has about 95 percent of the market share. Ironically, according to Craig Isaacs of Dantz, the move was prompted by long-standing requests from Macintosh fans in Windows environments who were frustrated at the lack of decent Windows backup software. [ACE]