TechTracker Launches New MacIntel Resource Centers on VersionTracker.com, MacFixIt.com

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Pages, RSS feeds provide up-to-the-minute information on MacIntel-compatible software releases, MacIntel hardware troubleshooting articles.

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The transition to an Intel-based architecture is the most ambitious technical leap for Apple and the Macintosh community since the debut of Mac OS X,

Portland, Ore. January 11, 2006 – TechTracker today announced the launch of new MacIntel Resource Centers on the VersionTracker and MacFixIt websites. The new pages, located at http://www.versiontracker.com/macintel/ and http://www.macfixit.com/macintel/ provide breaking news, software release information and troubleshooting tips for use on the new Intel-based Macintosh computers that Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs announced at the Macworld Expo today. The MacIntel Resource Centers also allow users to subscribe to two new MacIntel-related RSS feeds compiled and published by TechTracker: the MacIntel Software Updates feed and the MacIntel Troubleshooting feed.

"The transition to an Intel-based architecture is the most ambitious technical leap for Apple and the Macintosh community since the debut of Mac OS X, ” said Ralph Risch, TechTracker President. “This is an incredibly exciting event, but at the same time there is great potential for confusion and lost productivity among users who are not adequately informed and equipped. The VersionTracker and MacFixIt editorial teams have been closely following the experiences of the Mac software-development community as they lead the way into this transition. The MacIntel Resource Centers on VersionTracker and MacFixIt are our way of helping to ensure that users who ‘leap ahead’ to an Intel-based Macintosh can find the information they need quickly and easily, in one place.”

Apple’s decision to switch the basic architecture in their computer line was announced June 6, 2005, and Intel-based machines running a beta version of Mac OS X were made available to developers shortly thereafter. Developers who rewrite or recompile their software to run natively on the new platform can expect a significant boost in performance. Some applications that are not rewritten or recompiled for the new architecture will still run on Intel-based Macs, using the new Rosetta translation layer. Listings for over 125 OSX-Intel native or Universal binary applications have already been submitted to the VersionTracker database.

VersionTracker (http://versiontracker.com/) is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for Macintosh, Windows and PalmOS software upgrades, patches, and updates on the Internet. Visitors use the site to improve their software’s performance and security with the latest plug-ins and updates, or just to see what new developments are occurring across the software universe. Since the site was launched in 1996, traffic has steadily increased to over 2.5 million unique users a month.

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The VersionTracker and MacFixIt MacIntel Information Centers are open as of January 10, 2006 at http://versiontracker.com/macintel/ and http://macfixit.com/macintel/

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PRWeb is the unofficial press release wire service for Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, is Macworld Day at PRWeb.

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