Are You Ready For the Mac? Network Magic is!!!
We are pleased to make available the BETA version of Network Magic for the Mac. The Mac is becoming more and more mainstream (I am writing this on my iMac) and you, our loyal customers have made it quite clear that Macs are a critical part of your home network. You have also made it clear that, as if sharing folders and printers on a Windows network isn’t hard enough, adding a Mac to the mix makes things worse.
We are taking the unusual step (for us) of making the BETA version of our Mac client generally available to our entire customer base. There are several reasons for this:
1. The demand for this is very high, and making it available, even in BETA form, will help our customers.
2. We want and need the feedback from you as to what direction we should take the Mac version of Network Magic. The Mac environment is different from the Windows environment, and we realize the needs are going to be different.
Let’s define what BETA means:
1. This is NOT a bug-free commercial release. If you download it and install it, you are doing so with the understanding that BETA is short for “May Not Perform Exactly As Expected”. (MNPEAE is hard to pronounce, so we use BETA)
2. We DO want your feedback. Typically we have a secure BETA forum for this purpose, but since we are opening this up to anyone, we will accept feedback either to this blog or to this public forum area. The usual blog response rules apply.
What does it do?
Our first release of the Mac Network Magic is not intended to be a full replication of Network Magic for Windows. We will eventually get there, but we wanted to get the most critical capabilities to you as quickly as possible. Therefore, this first release implements folder and printer sharing between the Mac and the PC. While the user paradigm is different on the Mac side, on the Windows side you will see your Mac on the map and shares will appear just as they do when sharing between Windows computers. On the Mac side, it has more of a Finder look and feel.
What doesn’t it do?
While we will eventually sync the Windows and Mac capabilities, for now you will not see the network map and you won’t see network repair or many of our other cool features in this Mac version. Since you still need the Windows Premium version of Network Magic on a Windows computer for folder and printer sharing, that is still the way to get those tasks done.
How much will it cost?
The Mac version of Network Magic will be free to our Premium customers, and of little value to our Basic customers if the free trial period has expired.
How do I get it?
Follow this link to download the Mac BETA: