HELIOS releases free Xtar utility for Mac OS X
Garbsen, Germany— July 28, 2003 — HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading
developer of network and prepress server software, announced the release of
HELIOS Xtar for Mac OS X.
Available as a free download from the HELIOS web site, the HELIOS Xtar
utility can be used to clone a Mac OS X system disk, and backup and restore
disks, files and folders, all with full HFS support.
While the HFS disk format stores data and meta-data (e.g. Finder and
Resource info) within one file, standard UNIX applications can only see the
data part, and the Resource information is lost using standard UNIX-based
tools, such as “cp”, “tar”, “dump”, “pax”, “cat”, “dd”, etc. This means
that the copies will be incomplete and many files will not work. For
example, booting will not work, previews from EPSF files are missing,
applications will not detect their own files anymore, etc.
The HELIOS GNU-based Xtar saves each HFS file as two files in the standard
tar container format to preserve all special attributes and additional
information. During a restore with “Xtar” on an HFS volume, the resource
and finder information are restored into valid HFS files containing all
information and the volume is bootable after being restored.
Just like HELIOS LanTest, a popular free utility for testing network
throughput, HELIOS Xtar will likely become the de facto standard for “tar”
on Mac OS X, and further demonstrates the leadership and expertise of
HELIOS on the UNIX platform.
For more information and documentation for HELIOS Xtar commands go to
Xtar is another innovative solution in the HELIOS 4th generation family of
network and prepress server products. EtherShare and PCShare provide
integrated cross-platform networking for Macintosh and Windows clients,
offering advanced file and print server services, with easy remote server
administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring
high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing
Smart Ideas for Better Networking
HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple
Computer Mac OS X, Hewlett-Packard HP-UX and Tru64 UNIX, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX,
Sun Solaris, and Linux on Pentium based systems. HELIOS products provide
reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, DOS/Windows and UNIX-based
Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who
provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with
many strategic partners (http://www.helios.de/products/partners.html) that
incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third party archive,
asset management and workflow solutions. HELIOS software products are also
available as part of OEM solutions by many major vendors in the prepress
For U.S. Sales
European MikroGraf Corp.: 916-923-3520; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ugraf.com
For further editor information, please contact: HELIOS Software GmbH, Attn:
marketing, Steinriede 3, D-30827 Garbsen, Germany; Fax +49 5131-709325;
E-mail: email@example.com; or Web access at http://www.helios.com.