HELIOS Xtar Now Available for Mac Intel

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Free Mac backup tool Xtar from HELIOS Software supports open source to ensure reliable cross-platform file transfers

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Xtar reliably performs data migration from Mac OS X systems to HELIOS volumes and vice versa.

HELIOS Software GmbH has released for free download a Mac Intel compatible version of its backup tool HELIOS Xtar.

As a leading developer of cross-platform networking, PDF, and image server solutions, HELIOS Software is able to ensure reliable transfers of Mac meta data (Finder and resource information) between different platforms. Now HELIOS passes on its accumulated development experience to the Open Source community in the form of the free Xtar tool, which is basically the UNIX "tar" program extended by HELIOS to include full Mac OS X (PPC/Intel) compatibility.

"It is a HELIOS Software tradition to share our development know-how with the community in the form of free tools," explained Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO and president of HELIOS. For example, HELIOS LanTest is used worldwide as a standard tool for measuring network data throughput. "Likewise, HELIOS File System Test, is a tool used frequently as a neutral reference to verify the Mac OS X compatibility of file systems," noted Tschemernjak.

HELIOS Xtar for Mac (PPC/Intel) stores each HFS file as a double file in the standard "tar" format. Unicode file names as well as all meta data--including creation and modification date--are preserved. During the restore with Xtar to an HFS volume, the Finder and resource information are written into a valid HFS file. In doing so, all Mac OS X specific meta data are preserved so that volumes are bootable after the restore.

In this aspect, "HELIOS Xtar qualifies as the ideal tool for cloning Mac OS X system drives," reports Tschemernjak. In HELIOS server installations, "Xtar reliably performs data migration from Mac OS X systems to HELIOS volumes and vice versa." HELIOS htar is a commercial HELIOS developed "tar" tool, which preserves Mac meta data even on restoring data to HELIOS volumes under Windows. The htar tool is part of the HELIOS UB server suite for Windows, which has been available since the end of the year 2006.

More information on the deployment of Xtar and other HELIOS products can be found on the HELIOS website http://www.helios.de

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HELIOS UB Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server services, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.

HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.

Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

For U.S. Sales:

European MikroGraf Corp.: 916-923-3520; E-mail: sales (at) ugraf.com; http://www.ugraf.com

Editorial contact:

Germany

Helmut Tschemernjak, HELIOS Software GmbH, Steinriede 3, D-30827 Garbsen, Germany; Tel +49-5131-709320 Fax +49 5131-709325; E-mail: mktg (at) helios.de; Internet: http://www.helios.com

U.S.A.

Thomas Hallinan, HELIOS Software GmbH, 209-827-2760, mktg (at) helios.de

Bill Gram-Reefer, WORLDVIEW, 925-459-8537, reefer (at) worldviewpr.com

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