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Helios Ships Xtar for Mac OS X

Backup system available for free download By Dave Nagel
Helios Software, a developer of prepress and networking software, has released Xtar, a utility for backing up and restoring system disks, disks, files and folders. It's available now as a free download for Mac OS X.

Xtar is a utility designed to clone system disks and also back up and restore all types of disks, files and folders. The software provides full support for HFS, which stores data and metadata in a single file, some of which can be lost using standard Unix-based tools. The GNU-based Xtar saves each HFS file as two files in the standard tar container format to preserve all 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, according to Helios.

Xtar is a member of Helios' fourth generation of prepress and networking server products, including EtherShare and PCShare, which provide cross-platform networking for Macintosh and Windows, with file and print server services and remote server administration. Helios also develops ImageServer, PDF Handshake and PrintPreview for prepress systems.

The new Xtar is available as a free download for Mac OS X. For more information or to download the software, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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