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Retrospect 8.1 adds PowerPC support

updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue July 28, 2009

Retrospect 8.1 update

EMC has released Retrospect 8.1 for the Mac, which now runs on PowerPC systems. The new version also includes minor interface improvements, and performance increases for Intel Mac users of up to 15 percent over version 8, and 30 to 35 percent over v6.1.

Dual-core PowerPC machines are said to gain 10 to 15 percent more performance over v6.1; other models, however, may see a decrease in performance. Retrospect 8.1 is a free upgrade for owners of v8.0, or those who purchased v6.1 after January 14th, 2008. The three-user Desktop version is available new for $130, or at $60 for upgrading users. Server licenses start at $480 for 20 clients or $280 for an upgrade package.

by MacNN Staff



  1. inspectorgadget

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait a minute

    As of late July 2009, this is STILL BETA . . . EMC duped Retro 6.x users into 'buying' 8.x several months ago. Really! Paying to test something as critical as a backup app in the guise of a usable program. Check the EMC/Retro forums. 8.x is promising, but still has many bugs. Most of the EMC forum monitors are very nice, patient and helpful people, but they don't comment on this unfinished release. EMC depends on a large public user group for reporting myriad ongoing problems and fixes, but it still has too many crawly things to be a reliable release. They come out with a new build every 6 - 8 weeks, but it's still not what would be considered a product for sale; just BETA.

  1. zehspoon1

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I gave up on Retrospect about one year ago. The constant driver issues, lack of speed, crashing servers (panics) were too much. They waited too long to write new software. PLUS, the fact that 8.x DOESN'T support old data sets is a deal breaker for me. I don't want to run a broken 6.x version and a beta 8.x version on any computer.

    I am getting ready to upgrade to BRU 2.x from 1.2. It is a bit more advanced but it is solid.

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