iGet 2.5.3 corrects bugs and adds expanded user documentation
New tutorials intended to broaden iGet’s target audience
RENO, Nevada — December 15, 2006 — Five Speed Software, Inc. today
announced the immediate availability of version 2.5.3 of iGet, the
Mac file transfer tool. This update is free, and is recommended for
all iGet users.
iGet 2.5.3 is a maintenance release which addresses minor bugs and
issues with Automator workflows. The company is also using this
release to publish several tutorials aimed at helping more users set
up their home networks to leverage iGet, something that has until now
been outside the scope of the software’s documentation.
“We created iGet to be extremely easy to use, for almost any level of
Mac user, and we’ve largely succeeded in that goal,” said Ethan
Tuttle, iGet’s engineering manager. “But what we’ve discovered is
that setting up an Internet connection can be much harder. People
want to use iGet to connect back to their Macs at home, and if your
Internet connection is set up for it, it’s easy and fun. But many
people don’t necessarily have the networking experience to set it up.
They tell us, ‘I want to iGet into my Mac at home, but I can’t figure
out my router.’ So we decided to try to help with that.”
The company found that more than two thirds of iGet’s home users have
either a DSL or cable Internet connection, with a dynamic IP address.
That’s cheaper than a static IP address, but it makes it difficult to
connect back to the home network without setting up some networking
workarounds, like dynamic DNS and port forwarding.
“It’s not rocket science, but if you’ve never done it before it’s not
an intuitive process at all,” said Tuttle. “iGet has been very
popular with small Mac-based businesses, and in a business setting
you are going to learn how, have an employee figure out how, or pay
somebody to set things up for you, because it’s important for your
business. That’s not necessarily the case in the home market.”
While the company doesn’t officially support network setup, per se,
the new step-by-step tutorials for the most common scenarios are
expected to help. The new tutorials are published on the company’s
web site and available from the Help menu from within iGet itself.
“With our ongoing work on these new tutorials, and our
recently-introduced customer forums, we really hope to be able to
help a new class of users,” he added. “We’d be happy if no Mac user
ever again had to worry about having accidentally left an important
file at home.”
iGet is an inventive file transfer tool designed specifically for the
Mac. It allows users to log into their accounts on remote Macs and
browse, search, and download the files they need. As easy to use as
the best FTP clients, iGet is much more Mac-oriented: it can stop and
resume file and folder transfers, displays the real Mac icons and
Finder labels for remote files, understands Mac aliases and can
perform Mac-specific tasks like putting files into the Trash remotely.
With Spotlight searches that execute on the remote Mac, searching for
files is extremely fast. iGet features always-on strong encryption,
and does not require users to worry about details like HFS metadata,
resource forks, or unusual characters in file names. With iGet, it
just works. In addition, iGet was designed to work well over
virtually any kind of network connection, not just a fast LAN, so
it’s a great tool for accessing your Macs over the Internet. An
innovative “zero-setup” design allows the user to connect without
having to install any special software (not even iGet) on the remote
Finally, all this power is wrapped up in a smooth interface that is
simple to use and supports major Mac technologies like Automator,
AppleScript, Bonjour, Spotlight, and the Keychain.
iGet began shipping as a Universal Binary even before Intel-based
Macs became available, so it has offered native performance on both
Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs from day one.
iGet requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It can connect to Macs running
Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Pricing and Availability
iGet 2.5.3 is available immediately from the company’s web site, at
(http://www.fivespeed.com). It is priced at $49.95, with significant
discounts available for multi-seat licenses. The update is free to
all users who have purchased a license for any version of iGet.
Educational discounts and site license pricing are also available.
For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at
(http://www.fivespeed.com), send email to
(mailto:email@example.com), or call (888) 550-0505 .
About Five Speed Software, Inc.
Five Speed helped redefine the boundaries of handheld computing in
the 1990s with its award-winning line of software for the Newton OS.
The company engineers custom software solutions for clients across
Europe and Japan, and returned to the consumer market in 2004 with
iGet for Mac OS X. Five Speed Software, Inc. is a privately held