Mac News Review

End of the Mac mini?, Mac Plus takes on AMD Dual-core, Why Most People Should Buy Macs, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.06.01

The rumor of the week is that Apple will discontinue the Mac mini, something we've already looked at here on Low End Mac (see If the Mac mini Is Dead, What Will Replace It?).

In what may seem like a ridiculous comparison, Hal Licino pits a 1986 Mac Plus running System 6 and Microsoft Word and Excel against a 2.4 GHz AMD dual-core system running Windows, Word, and Excel - and finds that the Mac Plus is every bit as productive for these tasks!

PowerBook, iBook, MacBook, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

End of the Mac mini?

News & Opinion

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iPod News

Software

Desktop Mac Deals

End of the Mac mini?

Has the Mac mini Breathed Its Last?

MacUser's Dan Moren says:

"The Mac mini is an oddity in the Apple lineup. Many Mac users had long demanded a low cost headless Mac, and while the mini fell short in some regards (limited and difficult upgradeability, for example), to others it was yet another example of Apple's excellent design. But the latest revision to the mini was in September of last year, which included a modest speed bump to 1.66 GHz Core Duo and 1.83 GHz Core Duo for the $599 and $799 models respectively. Indeed, aside from the processors (and attendant 'inflationary' changes in RAM and storage) the minis have changed little since their introduction in January 2005.

" AppleInsider suggests this inattention means that the Mac mini is out of luck, citing Apple's lower margins on the cheap Mac, and the fact that it was never an area they seriously wanted to compete in anyway...."

Mac mini is Unloved, Not Dead in the Water

Wired's Pete Mortensen says:

"I'm genuinely puzzled by AppleInsider's melodramatic post pronouncing the death of the Mac mini. The article recounts Apple's many slights of its lowest-end platform and then proceeds to show know [sic] evidence that the line will soon be killed off.

"It has seen just four updates since inception, one of which was so insignificant in Apple's own eyes that the company didn't even bother to draft a press release. Even now, the current minis' 1.66 GHz and 1.83 GHz Core Duo processors are a far cry from the silicon offered in the rest of Apple's PC offerings.

"...Apple still needs a low-end entry, and the Mac mini costs very little to develop and revise. I don't see Apple just walking away."

News & Opinion

1986 Mac Plus vs. 2007 AMD Dual Core

Hubpages' Hal Licino reports:

"We are in the third decade of global personal computing, and have we really progressed that far?

"Let's go back to the dawn of personal computing and grab an old sentimental favorite, the Apple Macintosh Plus. The Mac Plus is an icon of the '80s along with padded shoulders, big hair and Devo. It seems that we all had a little Mac, either in our college dorm room, in the upstairs bedroom, or on our office desk at some time. With its tiny 9-inch black & white screen and all-in-one packaging, the Mac Plus is a computing relic in the days of widescreen LCD monitors and dual- and quad-core systems.

"However, to run these state-of-the-art PCs, we need to install one of the latest OSs. And that's where we run into trouble. Most people today have either Windows XP or Vista on their PCs. These OSs are modern, possess virtually infinite capacities and can run any of the most modern software. With the greater functionality comes size.

"The Comparison

"The generally recommended configuration for a Mac Plus is System 6.0.8. This is an OS that needs a legitimate minimum of 1 megabyte of RAM to be able to multitask, connect to a network, print, display WYSIWYG in millions of colours (on modular Macs), as well as run a reasonable GUI. Those are functions that usually require at least 500 times more memory under Windows XP and 1,000 times more memory under Windows Vista.

"When we look at OS hard disk requirements, we find similar discrepancies....

"The Mac Plus has a Motorola 68000 CPU running at 8 MHz. The AMD has an Athlon 64 X2 4800+ with two cores, each running at 2.4 GHz. In absolute computing power exclusively measured in processor speed, AMD's combined 4.8 GHz is 600 times faster than the Motorola. However, the AMD is a far more advanced processor, thus performs in conventional benchmarks much faster than the old 68000 per MHz. So it's very safe to say that the AMD is at least 1,000 times faster than the Mac Plus.

"We decided to splurge and fit the maximum possible 4 MB RAM into the old Plus. After all it was going up against AMD with its 2 x 512 MB RAM for a total of 1,024 MB or 1 GB. That's about 250 times more memory than the Mac.

"The Mac was fitted with an external SCSI 40 MB Hard Drive. The AMD had an internal IDE 120 GB Hard Drive with a 3,000 times greater data capacity. Both drives were under 10% filled....

"Conclusion

"...For the functions that people use most often, the 1986 vintage Mac Plus beats the 2007 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+: 9 tests to 8! Out of the 17 tests, the antique Mac won 53% of the time! Including a jaw-dropping 52 second whipping of the AMD from the time the Power button is pushed to the time the Desktop is up and useable."

Editor's note: I happen to own a Mac Plus, and it still works fine - or did the last time I booted it up. I detest the clunky keyboard and mouse, but it was a charming little workhorse in its day, and I agree that it is downright speedy doing some things (like startup) compared with today's behemoths. And I love System 6. A wistful fantasy of mine is a GUI for OS X's powerful Unix underpinnings with the minimalist but attractive simplicity of System 6. Bet it would scream! cm

Which is Faster: USB or FireWire?

chris.pirillo.com says:

"In response to the general question (which is faster, FireWire or USB), jorowi posts a follow-up video explaining that there, indeed, are FireWire 800 devices - specifically, in external hard drives of the high capacity variety. I've opted for an eSATA external drive, which should be fine for the time being. Still, if I had a choice between USB or FireWire for devices (generally speaking), I'd go with USB - with the exceptions to the rule being hard drives and video cameras (camcorders).

"USB is seriously Universal. FireWire is . . . likely going to die at some point in the future...."

Editor's note: I certainly hope rumors of FireWire's demise are greatly exaggerated. Even FireWire 400 is faster than USB 2.0, and you can boot pre-Intel Macs from a FireWire drive but not from USB. cm

Why Most People Should Buy a Mac

APCMag's Danny Gorog says:

"APC readers are not ordinary computer users.

"We can swap a hard drive in under three minutes, buy RAM with the right latency instinctively and maintain an updated OS image almost as easily as breathing.

"But that's the point - we're not average computer users.

"If you're an 'average' computer user, choosing to buy a Mac is the right decision.

"Sure, Macs are not for hardcore gamers who demand to be able to play all the latest game titles. They're not for people who like to tweak every aspect of their computer on a clockspeed level [though that's not to say there's not a very active Mac hardware tweaking community].

"But the people described above are not average computer users.

"On the whole, the ordinary person needs a computer that lets them email, surf the web, write letters and documents, browse and edit digital photos, rip and listen to music and watch DVDs. They might dabble in P2P and Skype.

"For those users, a Mac is absolutely ideal, and the only decision they need to make is whether to by an Apple notebook or desktop."

Google Desktop Offers Power, but Little Intelligence

Macworld's Dan Moren reports:

"Hard-drive storage capacities are constantly increasing, but for some of us, all that extra space just makes it harder to find the files we're looking for. So it's little surprise that Google has tried to bring its search expertise to your Mac. The beta release of Google Desktop shows promise, but people expecting the famed omniscience of Google's online search engine may be disappointed....

"Google Desktop does have some advantages over Spotlight. Many users complain that Spotlight makes it difficult to search for files just by name; with Google Desktop, you can simply type 'filename:penguin' to have it show you files with the word penguin in the name...."

Upgrading Mac mini's Hard Drive and Partitioning to Use Boot Camp & Vista

Blogger drmcghee says:

"I spent the weekend, amongst other things upgrading my Mac mini hard-drive from the standard 80 GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive to a Toshiba 200 GB (note: 20 GB must remain for Mac OS X when using Boot Camp) MK2035GSS 4200 RPM 8 MB Cache SATA/150 Notebook Hard Drive.

"I'm also thinking, at some point, of upgrading the CPU to a Intel 2.16 Core 2 Duo Mobile CPU, but that can wait.

"After doing quite a bit of reading and research on how to upgrade, I remembered from my memory installation there are some great videos here: https://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/installation.cfm

"Replacing the drive physically was the easy part. The difficult task was cloning my drive. With Boot Camp you have three partitions (one that Boot Camp needs, one that Mac OS X uses and the Vista partition)."

Products

Wireless-G USB Adapter Designed for Macs

HWUG1APR: Hawking Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of wired/wireless networking and home automation solutions for small office/home office (SOHO) and small-to-medium business (SMB) users, announced the release of its HWUG1A Wireless-G USB Adapter for Mac Users today. The HWUG1A is the first such adapter designed for Apple Mac users with a removable antenna. The included external antenna can easily be removed and upgraded to a Hawking Hi-Gain™ antenna for a significant improvement in wireless range.

"The problem with wireless networks these days isn't the speed, but the distance. If your wireless adapter does not have the wireless strength to go the distance, your network speed won't make any difference. You'll either end up with a weak signal or get dropped from your network entirely, and that results in slow file transfers and a lack of mobility. Like its sister product, the HWUG1 for PC users, the HWUG1A provides Mac users with the extended wireless range they need. The removable antenna gives Mac users the ability to customize their wireless networks for their specific applications. Most importantly, the HWUG1A can solve most WiFi trouble spot scenarios by allowing users to choose from our full suite of Hi-Gain WiFi Range Extending solutions. And the best part: installing the HWUG1A is easy - just pop in the CD to install the software, plug in the adapter, and you're connected," said Amy Tang, Marketing Manager at Hawking Technologies.

The HWUG1A connects to any Mac desktop or notebook computer using a USB 2.0 connection and features an antenna that easily unscrews from the adapter. Hawking offers a wide range of both Hi-Gain™ indoor and outdoor antennas that are compatible with the HWUG1A and can boost the user's wireless connection distance up to 600%.

The HWUG1A also supports wireless Turbo Mode for connection speeds of up to 108 Mbps when connected to a Hawking Technologies Wireless-108G MIMO Router. Advanced security features and support for WPA2 and WPA ensure that all data is encrypted and secure.

The HWUG1A offers the following key features:

  • Wireless networking compatibility with any Mac OS X 10.3-10.4 (Intel or Power PC) system.
  • External antenna allows for significantly improved wireless range and performance.
  • Installs in seconds with intuitive, easy-to-follow Setup Wizard.
  • Supports WPA2, WPA, and WEP wireless security.
  • Plug-and-Play compatibility with all Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Antennas.
  • Supports Turbo Mode for wireless data speeds of up to 108 Mbps.

The HWUG1A Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Adapter designed for Mac users is available via retailers, direct marketers, ecommerce sites, and distribution channels at an MSRP of $69 and an Estimated Street Price of $59.99.

Microtek Offers $99 Scanner for Home and Office

PR: Microtek has announced the availability of the Microtek ScanMaker s450 with a suggested retail price of $99. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh computers, the Microtek ScanMaker s450 has a new slim design and a broad set of features to meet the diverse needs of a home office. With this scanner, Microtek continues its tradition of providing outstanding scanning solutions at an affordable price.

"The Microtek ScanMaker s450 is a versatile scanner designed for the home office," said Parker Plaisted, manager of product marketing for Microtek. "With both photo imaging and document imaging features, this scanner fully supports the needs of a digital lifestyle."

Photo Scanning Capabilities

The Microtek ScanMaker s450 makes duplicating and sharing photos easy with several features specifically designed for high-quality photo scanning. The built-in 35mm transparency adapter enables easy scanning of positive and negative 35mm slides and filmstrips. And Microtek's exclusive FilmView light table in the lid of the scanner provides the uniform light needed to sort and select the film images to scan. Scanning photo prints is even easier on the 8.5" x 11.7" scan bed, and old faded photos can be restored with Microtek's ColoRescue™ automatic photo restoration feature in the ScanWizard 5 scanning software. With an optical resolution of 4800 dpi and 48-bit color, the Microtek ScanMaker s450 captures the full range of color and detail in film and photo prints.

Software Bundle

Included in the box with the ScanMaker s450 are Microtek ScanWizard™ 5 with ColoRescue™ color restoration technology, Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and InterVideo MediaOne Gallery.

Document Imaging Capabilities

With the included ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software, scanned documents are converted to editable electronic files through Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This feature greatly improves office productivity by eliminating unnecessary typing to enter text or numbers from a printed document into a computer. After OCR, the electronic files require less storage space making them easier to manage. The Microtek ScanWizard software is capable of saving scanned images as Adobe PDF files that can be viewed with many software applications, including Web browsers, which support the PDF document format.

Zero Boundary Design

Microtek's Zero Boundary design extends the scan area closer to the edge of the scanner to facilitate scanning bound pages in abook. With Zero Boundary, the scanner can see more of the page when the spine of a book is resting on the edge of the scanner. The result is a sharp, uniform scanned image across the entire page.

Automated Functions

The most common scanning tasks are automated and assigned to hardware buttons on the front of the scanner. These automated tasks include: scan with default settings, scan and print, scan and attach to Email, scan and OCR, and scan and save to PDF. An additional button is available to assign to a custom function chosen by the user.

The Microtek ScanMaker s450 is available now for a suggested retail price of $99 through distribution, mail order, online stores, specialty camera stores, and selected retail stores.

iPod News

iCarta + Stereo Dock Holds iPod, Bathroom Tissue

iCarta PlusPR: Stereo Dock for iPod with Bath Tissue Holder with Built-in rechargeable battery.

Now you can enhance your experience anywhere with the built-in rechargeable battery.

Features:

  • 4 Integrated high performance moisture-free speakers deliver exceptional clarity and high quality sound
  • Charges your iPod while playing music
  • Audio selector allows you to play iPod shuffle or other Audio device
  • Integrated Bath tissue holder that can be easily folded as a stereo dock
  • Requires AC Power (AC Adapter included)
  • Easy to remove from Wall Mount
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of playtime.

Specifications:

  • Dimension (W x H x D): 8.25" x 3.68" x 7.12" / 210mm x 93mm x 181mm
  • Power Requirements: 12V, 1.5A AC adapter
  • Speakers:
    • 2 x tweeters for highs
    • 2 x woofers for lows

Price $129.99

Software

Pixelmator, World's First GPU-powered Image Editor

PR: Founded by brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide in 2007, the Pixelmator Team introduced Pixelmator, the world's first GPU-powered image editing tool that provides everything needed to create, edit, and enhance still images.

"Finally, an innovative, fast, and easy-to-use image editor for Mac OS X that brings the power of today's expensive image production tools to every Mac user at a very affordable price," said Saulius Dailide, Pixelmator Team. "We think all Mac people-home users as well as professionals-will find Pixelmator very useful and fun."

Built from the ground up on a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies, Pixelmator features powerful selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools, and layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and transparent HUD user interface for work with images.

Mac iSight users will enjoy Pixelmator's New Layer from iSight feature that allows taking a snapshot with Mac's built-in video camera and adding the snapshot as a layer in composition. The Photo Browser palette in Pixelmator offers quick access to iPhoto Library, albums, Smart Albums, and pictures in user's Pictures folder. Best of all, the user can just drag-and-drop any of those images as layers in Pixelmator composition.

Another very important feature of Pixelmator is Automator support. Very powerful Pixelmator actions in Automator allow the user to quickly enhance, resize, or transform images, add any special effects, and even export images to more than 100 different file formats.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. And if a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, one will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, filters, and more. Pixelmator is lightening-fast on the latest PowerPC and all Intel-based Macs.

Other notable features: Pixelmator supports more than 100 different file formats, including Photoshop images with layers, and it comes with more than 16 color correction tools and 50 Core Image-powered filters, transform tools, fill and stroke, QuickMask mode, full-screen editing mode, Dashboard support, .mac support, ColorSync support, Spotlight support, and much more.

Pricing & Availability

Pixelmator 1.0 will be available in late July for $59.

Smart Scroll X 2.4

PR: Smart Scroll X makes scrolling more convenient

Smart Scroll X brings new scrolling options and enhancements to Mac OS X:

  • Super Wheel - smoother, more comfortable scroll wheel action.
  • Grab Scroll gives you a Hand tool to easily move any window's contents. It features coasting, just like on the iPhone.
  • A "High Gear" for your scroll wheel, so you can have super-fast scrolling when you need it.
  • Universal Scroll Keys to scroll without having to reach for the mouse. Scroll keys are the same in every application, giving you fast & dependable scrolling right from the keyboard.
  • Adds Scroll wheel support to FileMaker Pro 6 and 7 (as well as live scrolling).
  • Adds Live Scrolling and proportional thumbs to AppleWorks 6.

Grab Scroll

Grab scroll works with any mouse or pen or trackpad, etc. It is essentially the same feature as the hand tool available in many graphics programs, but now you can use it for scrolling in any Cocoa application (support for Carbon applications is forthcoming).

  • With a single-button mouse, a scroll key lets you turn the cursor into an open hand: hold the first key and tap the second one. To scroll, click and drag with the mouse. Grab scroll mode ends when you release the first key (the 2nd key is used to activate grab scroll, and also to scroll faster when you want).
  • With a multiple-button mouse, you just press one of the buttons (select one) to grab the page and slide it inside its window.
  • With a graphics pen, you'll probably want to setup the extra buttons so that the first one does a middle-click (so you can use it to grab scroll) and the 2nd one does a right-click. Since the pen lets you move the cursor farther with less effort and more precision than a mouse, you can keep the normal speed at 1x for maximum control and set the other speeds to some high value.

Two extra scrolling speeds are available, in addition to the normal speed. One by holding a user-selectable key while dragging, and the second by starting to drag near an edge of the area to scroll.

Faster Scroll Wheel

You can make your scroll wheel faster when you hold down a user-selectable key, up to 12 times faster. In addition, the speed multiplier you choose is applied on top of the acceleration already provided by the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane: this means you keep the same level of control as you have now, but you can scroll farther and without having to spin the wheel nearly as much.

Universal Scroll Keys

A welcome alternative to always having to reach for the mouse, Scroll Keys are a real time saver for anyone who types a lot!

With automatic scroll focusing, all you do is press a Scroll Key and Smart Scroll X automatically selects and scrolls the correct pane. Scroll Keys also feature their own adjustable scrolling speed, with optional progressive acceleration, so that you can easily scroll multiple pages simply by holding down a key.

Scroll Keys are the same across all applications: no need to remember different keys for each app. Because of this, and because Scroll Keys are conveniently located in the corner of the keyboard, you can even scroll without having to look at the keys.

Scroll Keys are made possible by the new kind of keyboard shortcut used in Smart Scroll X, which doesn't involve hitting letter keys (hence avoiding conflicts with existing key combinations). Instead, you hold down one of the four corner keys and you scroll by hitting one of the others (some keyboards have these keys on both sides, letting you scroll with either hand) :

FileMaker Pro & AppleWorks enhancements

Smart Scroll X brings scroll wheel support and live scrolling to FileMaker Pro 6 and 7. You can now use your scroll wheel mouse for scrolling FileMaker Pro documents. Note: With some layouts you may need to click one of the scroll bars once before the scroll wheel works. A fix will be available in the next version of Smart Scroll X.

AppleWorks 6 users get live scrolling and proportional thumbs, as well as scroll wheel support.

Live scrolling updates the document while you drag the scroll bar thumb. Proportional thumbs show how much of the document is being displayed, and they make it easier to see which part you are viewing. They are also easier to grab with the mouse.

Scroll Next

If a window has two or more scrollable panes, it is the one under the mouse pointer that scrolls. Automatic scroll focusing will select one of the panes for you when you press a Scroll Key to start scrolling, but chances are it won't be able to guess the correct pane every time. To let you scroll another pane without reaching for the mouse, Smart Scroll X adds the Scroll Next feature: hold down Control and hit Shift to select the next pane in the window for scrolling. The mouse pointer jumps to the selected pane too, providing visual feedback.

Scroll Next is quite useful in applications such as Mail for example, where one often wants to alternatively scroll the list of messages and the text of an email.

Note: In the current version of Smart Scroll X, scrolling in Carbon applications only works if the mouse pointer is above the pane to scroll. An upcoming version of Smart Scroll X will remove this limitation, and also enable the Scroll Next feature for Carbon applications.

Other Features of Smart Scroll X

Finally, Smart Scroll X lets you select a comfortable scrolling speed for Scroll keys (including optional acceleration), and offers a larger selection of scrollbar arrows positions (still useful from time to time, although with Grab Scroll and Scroll Keys you won't need to click on arrows very often anymore). You do not need to restart applications for these changes to take effect.

New in version 2.4:

  • Improved, smoother Super Wheel.
  • Various other fixes and improvements.

New in version 2.0x:

  • New Super Wheel feature.
  • New Coasting feature for Grab Scroll.
  • New Grab Scroll feature for Carbon applications.
  • Universal binary.
  • Includes Rosetta TuneUp, a utility for preventing Rosetta-related crashes on Intel Macs.
  • Streamlined preference pane.
  • Various fixes and improvements.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

System support: PPC/Intel

Smart Scroll X is shareware ($19 single user license)

TotalView MemoryScape 2.0 for Mac OS X Memory Debugging

PR: TotalView Technologies, provider of debugging and analysis software solutions for the multicore age, has announced the availability of MemoryScape 2.0, a new version of its powerful memory debugger for Mac OS X applications. MemoryScape 2.0 extends the product's capabilities to allow memory debugging of MPI and remote applications, among other advanced features.

MemoryScape is an easy-to-use, graphical, interactive memory debugger that helps developers identify, inspect and resolve difficult memory problems in C, C++ and FORTRAN, including complex multi-process and multithreaded programs for Mac OS X. Designed to be an integrated part of the software development process, MemoryScape allows developers to watch for memory leaks and monitor memory usage while an application is running. It enables developers to monitor heap memory, view memory usage, locate memory leaks, track memory events and show corrupted memory. Developers can save and compare memory states and compile sophisticated memory reports. In addition, MemoryScape is nonintrusive, so developers can find memory problems without recompiling.

"Memory bugs are one of the most frequent and challenging issues that a developer has to deal with," said Addison Snell, vice president and general manager of Tabor Research, a market intelligence firm specializing in HPC. "There is a real need in the high-performance computing market for simple, easy-to-use debugging tools that can enable developers to quickly find and resolve difficult memory problems."

MemoryScape 2.0 includes the following new features:

  • MPI Application Memory Debugging
    • MemoryScape works with MPICH 1 and 2 , LAM, Open MPI, MVAPICH, Quadrics, MPT, Intel MPI, IBM POE, and Sun Cluster Tools
  • Remote Application Memory Debugging
  • Views into Heap Allocation
    • Look at the data contained with a heap block
  • Improved Navigation
    • Switch from view to view within the same process
    • Navigate across a browser like history list
  • Time Stamping of Memory Events
  • Filter Heap Data Based on Backtrace ID
  • Wide Hardware and Operating System Support
    • MemoryScape supports Apple OS X (Power and Intel). In addition, it also supports Linux (Red Hat and SuSE varieties on x86, AMD64, Intel 64-bit x86, ia64 and Power) and Unix (AIX, Solaris Sparc and Solaris AMD64)
  • Team Licensing
    • Process token-based licensing
    • Tokens can be aggregated to support rare large jobs

"We are dedicated to building on the success of the 1.0 version to extend MemoryScape's debugging capabilities for Mac OS X," said Dick Andersen, vice president of sales and marketing at TotalView Technologies. "These new features significantly enhance MemoryScape's functionality and will enable developers to achieve even greater productivity and quality improvements as they continue to tackle the challenges of developing multicore, multithreaded applications."

TotalView Technologies (formerly Etnus) is a provider of debugging and analysis software solutions for the multicore age. TotalView Technologies products enable software developers to quickly, easily and effectively debug Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X applications running on development machines with single, dual-core, multicore, or multiple processors.

For more than 20 years, TotalView Technologies products have been at work in research institutions, government laboratories, and technical computing centers, as well as commercial enterprises in the financial services, telecommunications, biotech, aerospace, weather prediction, film special effects and animation, oil and gas exploration, and computer-aided engineering markets. Recognized worldwide as the gold standard for debugging in high-performance, distributed or cluster computing environments, TotalView Technologies' award-winning technology is used to solve the world's toughest computing problems on many of the world's largest supercomputers.

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