Retrospect 9 for Mac software now available in Australia

Tara Brady
14 November, 2011
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Software Only today announced that it will begin immediate distribution in Australia of Retrospect 9 for Mac. “With features like data deduplication, network backup of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, and new support for cloud‐based storage, Retrospect 9 provides critical functionality for professionals and small businesses that need more than basic data protection” said Andrew Paton, director at Software Only.

One of the new features in Retrospect 9 for Mac is support for cloud‐based storage, which provides immediate offsite backups. Retrospect 9 can target any Internet‐ connected storage that has been configured to provide WebDAV (Web‐based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) access. Cloud storage providers like Egnyte and Internet hosting providers like Dreamhost provide affordable WebDAV‐accessible storage that Retrospect can employ for offsite backups. The choice of WebDAV, which is standards‐based, cross‐platform, and easy to configure makes Retrospect perfect for consultants and managed service providers who want to provide offsite storage services for their clients.

Retrospect 9 for Mac also includes an all‐new network backup client for Intel‐based Macs. This new, 64‐bit client uses optional AES‐256 encryption when sending backup data to the Retrospect server, and it allows users to initiate on‐demand backups and restores from the desktop or the Retrospect Client preferences pane. End‐users can also be notified of starting and completed backup operations with integrated Growl notifications.

Added to this is a host of improvements to performance, task workflows, user interface elements, and reliability. Specifically, Retrospect can now run twice as many simultaneous operations as the previous version; it uses less memory and fewer processor cycles at idle; tape library management has been improved; Retrospect’s configuration file is more resistant to corruption; and client backups and restores are faster. Retrospect 9 also offers a new view of past backups that show only those files that were copied during the backup, making it easy to see Retrospect’s data deduplication technology at work conserving backup storage space.

“We’re thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with Software Only as the exclusive Australian distributor of Retrospect products” said Matt Johnson, Retrospect, Inc. co‐founder in charge of sales, marketing, and support. “With Retrospect 9 for Mac, our partners can now generate additional business and revenue by easily targeting backups to private cloud storage that they co‐locate or manage for their customers.”

Retrospect 9 is available immediately from Software Only

About Software Only

Software Only is s a specialist importer/distributor of software & hardware for Macintosh and Windows Computers. The company sources best of breed products, which offer superior performance and ease of use at the best prices and supply to resellers across the country. Software Only is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

About Retrospect, Inc.®

Retrospect, Inc. develops backup and recovery software designed to meet the needs of professionals and small‐to‐midsize businesses in need of precise, reliable restores, and the very best customer support available.

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

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    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

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    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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