Micromat, Inc. announces TechTool(R) Protogo.
SANTA ROSA, CA – January 1, 2007 – Micromat, Inc., developer of
Macintosh disk repair and maintenance technology, today announced the
upcoming release of it latest product, TechTool Protogo. TechTool
Protogo is a Mac OS X application that lets a Macintosh user easily
turn an old iPod, a flash drive or other similar device into a
bootable diagnostic tool that contains several of Micromat’s
utilities. Users may also install other utilities if desired. This
device can then be used to boot, check, maintain and repair Macintosh
computers. It allows a customer to create a tool similar to
Micromat’s TechTool Protege on a device they already own.
Lorene Romero, a local Macintosh expert and president of NCMUG was
given an advanced copy of the program to test. She was impressed with
the feature set and said, “This will allow me to use my iPod to
repair my Mac and others on the road. I also like the fact that it
allows me to create configuration profiles specific to my needs. What
a great concept.”
TechTool Protogo ships on a DVD that includes the Protogo
configuration application, as well as Micromat’s TechTool Pro Classic
(for Mac OS 9 systems and below), TechTool Pro 4 (for Mac OS X), and
DiskStudio. Protogo includes several profiles for standard
system/utility configurations, making it easy to set up a device for
specific needs. One can also create and save custom profiles that
include third-party utilities as well. The standard profiles included
with the program range from a minimal bootable system with TechTool
Pro 4 and DiskStudio, to a full-blown Mac OS X installation including
a Finder, Classic, and multiple utility programs.
With Protogo, it is possible to create a portable diagnostic device that can:
* Boot most Macintosh computers
* Diagnose and repair hard drive problems
* Test major hardware components
* Find viruses*
* Find system conflicts*
* Optimize and defragment hard drive volumes
* Rebuild volume directories
* Recover data from damaged volumes
* Repartition hard drives without losing data
* Boot different Mac OS versions from different partitions
* Run a variety of utilities
Price and Availability TechTool Protogo will begin shipping at
MacWorld Expo on January 9th, 2007. The retail price will be $199.00
with an estimated street price of $135.00. It will be available
through select dealers and resellers worldwide, as well as directly
from Micromat, Inc.
An upgrade will be available as well to those who currently own TechTool Pro 4.
More information about Protogo and Micromat are available at:
* Features denoted with * are only available on OS 9 compatible
systems when used with the included TechTool Pro Classic application.