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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:44

UPDATE: MacProfile is now known as MachineProfile. It was requested that the application be renamed to be compliant and made available through Apple's Mac App Store.

May 9, 2012

Micromat announces MacProfile 1.0.1

Micromat's new application displays key technical information about a Mac within a single window, making it more accessible for Mac users.

SANTA ROSA, CA - Micromat, Inc, today announced the release of MacProfile. MacProfile displays important hardware information about a Mac that's not easily found elsewhere or by clicking through "About this Mac…".

MacProfile is especially valuable when reviewing system compatibility or when sharing technical hardware information with others. The profile is displayed within a single window, and can be saved as text or PDF or emailed, enabling users to easily access or send important information to others when troubleshooting their Mac.

Currently, without using MacProfile, Mac users need to hunt around and click through multiple tabs to access technical key hardware information about their system. Now with MacProfile installed, it's easier to find a Mac's serial number, processor speed, if its running in 64 bit or 32 bit mode, whether it can run the next version of the Mac OS and more, so Mac users can better understand and quickly provide information to others about their exact machine.

MacProfile displays Mac hardware information including:
•    Model Name, Identifier, when Manufactured.
•    Processor Name, Model, Speed.
•    Processor Cache, Bitrates, Bus Speed, Boot ROM Version.
•    Firmware Version.
•    Graphics Card Model.
•    Mac Serial Number.
•    Active Power Source.
•    Active Boot OS.
•    Maximum Supported OS.
•    Hardware Hardware Unique Identifier.
•    Plus other specifications.

System Requirements:
 Intel-based Macs, Mac OS X 10.6 or greater.

Pricing and Availability:
 MacProfile (MachineProfile) is a free application available direct from Micromat, the Mac App Store or MicromatInc on Facebook.

About Micromat, Inc.
Micromat was founded in 1989, is the publisher of TechTool Pro and TechTool Protogo, and is recognized as an innovator and leader in the development of diagnostics, maintenance and repair for Mac.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:34

September 8, 2011

Micromat Announces TechTool Protogo 3.0, now Lion Compatible

Micromat’s new version allows Mac users to easily turn a USB or FireWire device, such as a flash drive or old iPod, into a bootable, diagnostic toolkit for Mac.

SANTA ROSA, CA – Micromat, Inc. today announced the Lion compatible version of TechTool Protogo 3.0. TechTool Protogo ships with the TechTool Protogo device configuration application, a collection of standard system and utility configurations, plus TechTool Pro 6. When TechTool Protogo profiles are installed on a single USB or FireWire device, Protogo can boot, run diagnostics and perform drive repairs on most Macs operating on OS X 10.4.9 or newer.

In this new version, TechTool Protogo has been upgraded to run on Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’, yet preserves the flexibility to more add profiles for diagnosing hardware issues and repairing drives on older Macs too. Now a single portable device, such as a small flash drive, old iPod, SD Card or hard drive, can be used to boot, diagnose hardware and repair drives on a variety of Macs at home or at work.

TechTool Protogo ships with 8 standard profiles to boot and diagnose Macs with Intel and PPC processors, from minimum boot systems as small as 2 GB which run on devices with limited capacity, up to full Mac OS installs. The time to configure a device may vary by device type and speed, size and number of profiles added and the Macs cpu.

Custom profiles for specific needs can be easily created with just a few clicks. And Protogo allows for complementary third-party software to be added, so additional software such as anti-virus applications can also run on the device. The capability to load custom profiles on a single device can be especially convenient for IT departments that manage multiple Macs.

“TechTool Protogo makes life easier for IT departments of businesses that use Macs, because they can now customize multiple profiles on a single flash drive.  It’s like having a complete toolkit in your shirt pocket,” said Christian Pickman, Micromat’s Product Manager for Protogo. “TechTool Protogo 3.0 will also be helpful to home users with several Macs of different Mac OS’s and age, because you can easily run diagnostics on all your machines from a handy flash drive, old iPod or hard drive that's been lying around.”

With TechTool Protogo you can:
• Easily turn a USB, FireWire or SD device into a bootable, diagnostic toolkit for Mac.
• Troubleshoot different Intel and PowerPC Macs from a single, portable device.
• Create custom profiles on the device for troubleshooting multiple Macs.
• Backup your Recovery HD for use on another device.
• Add complementary utilities to the device.
• Use an iPod for both diagnostics and listening to music (non-iOS iPods).
• Run TechTool Pro’s comprehensive set of tools to diagnose hardware, rebuild volume directories, repartition hard drives, optimize and defragment hard drive volumes, clone volumes, monitor LAN activity and more.

Pricing and Availability:
TechTool Protogo 3.0 is available direct by download from Micromat at www.micromat.com for $129.99, with $39.99 upgrades for previous users of TechTool Protogo, TechTool Protégé or TechTool Pro 6. Upgrades from TechTool Pro 5 and older, or from Micromat’s DiskStudio are $59.99.

Specially priced academic versions are $59.99, and can be ordered thru authorized academic resellers by download or direct from Micromat at 707-304-5993.

TechTool Protogo 3.0 is available direct to resellers worldwide, with localized versions available in Japanese, French, German, and Italian.

Technical Contact:
Christian Pickman
Phone: (707) 304-5993
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About Micromat, Inc.
Micromat was founded in 1989, and is recognized as an innovator and leader in the development of diagnostics, maintenance and repair for Mac.

TechTool is a registered trademark of Micromat, Inc. TechTool Protogo and TechTool Protégé are trademarks of Micromat, Inc. Mac and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective holders.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:58

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Monday, 01 January 2007 00:00
Micromat today announced the upcoming release of its 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
• And much more...

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.

* Features denoted with * are only available on OS 9 compatible systems when used with the included TechTool Pro Classic application.




Thursday, 02 November 2006 00:00
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE UPGRADE NOW!
Version 4.5.2 of TechTool Pro is now available. This is a minor update from version 4.5.1. Owners of version 4.5.1 of TechTool Pro will not need to update to version 4.5.2 unless they have acquired a new Mac model that is not fully supported by the earlier version of the program. The version 4.5.2 DVD will boot all currently shipping Mac models, including the Mac Pro and the 24" iMac. In addition, it will properly perform the Video Memory test on those two models. Current owners of TechTool Pro 4 can purchase the TechTool Pro 4.5.2 DVD Update for $25. Micromat also offers an Annual Subscription Service for $99. This is geared to owners of TechTool Pro 4 who wish to receive each update or upgrade automatically on DVD as soon as it is released.

Version 4.5.2 Change List:
  • Fixed Video Memory issue for specific Intel Macs.
  • Fixed Main Memory RAM calculation size issue for Intel Macs.
  • Fixed Wipe Data issue for GUID partitioned volumes.
  • Fixed Data Recovery issue for GUID partitioned volumes.
  • Updated Volume Structures test.
  • Addressed eDrive free space capacity issue.
  • Other minor changes and feature enhancements.

Purchasing shortcuts:
If you don't currently own TechTool Pro and would like the complete package, click here.
If you do currently own TechTool Pro 4 and want the 4.5.2 update DVD, click here.
If you own an older version of TechTool Pro and would like to upgrade to 4.5.2, click here.
If you own TechTool Deluxe (from AppleCare) and want to upgrade to TechTool Pro 4.5.2, click here.


Tuesday, 12 September 2006 18:58
Micromat is pleased to announce the release of updates for both TechTool Protege (a bootable FireWire flash drive that contains both TechTool Pro 4 and DiskStudio) and DiskStudio (a disk partitioning utility). These updates provide Universal Binary support for both products so that they can be used on either Intel or PowerPC-based Macs. All of the features that were previously available for PowerPC-based Macs will now be available for Intel-based Macs as well.

Unlike most application software, utilities require more than a simple re-compile of the program to support the Intel-based Macs. Because utilities work with the computer hardware at the lowest levels, it was necessary for Micromat to completely re-engineer the software from the ground up. In order to support the new models, Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is required to run the programs.

TechTool Protege is a compact, bootable diagnostic and repair tool. It contains the full-featured Macintosh troubleshooting program TechTool Pro, Micromat's disk partitioning program DiskStudio, as well as several other utilities on a compact, one gigabyte FireWire flash drive. Its tiny size makes it easy to carry at all times so that a user can test and repair Macintosh computers whenever the need should arise. TechTool Protege is able to:

  • Diagnose Macintosh hardware
  • Diagnose and repair hard drive problems
  • Optimize and defragment hard drive volumes
  • Rebuild volume directories
  • Recover data from damaged volumes
  • Repartition hard drives without losing data
  • And other diagnostic functions

To provide Intel support for TechTool Protege, Micromat designed a new utility called Protege Manager. This utility allows the user to easily set up the TechTool Protege flash drive for use on either a PowerPC or Intel-based Mac as desired. Protege Manager will ship on a CD.

DiskStudio allows a user to change the partitioning of a hard drive on the fly. Reinitializing the drive is not required. In addition to Universal Binary support, the updated version of DiskStudio adds support for the new GUID partitioning scheme for Intel Macs and also support for the Master Boot Record partitioning scheme for DOS. It now includes the ability to identify NTFS volumes as well.

DiskStudio Features:

  • Add new partitions to a hard disk without the need to reformat.
  • Delete partitions previously created by DiskStudio or Apple's Disk Utility.
  • Erase and reformat existing partitions in a number of standard formats.
  • Completely erase and repartition an entire hard disk.
 
DiskStudio ships on media capable of booting both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. Since the system components needed to boot both platforms are too large to fit on a CD, the program will ship on a DVD. The DVD will automatically boot the correct system version needed for the host computer. A DVD update is available to current owners of DiskStudio for $25.

Price and Availability
TechTool Protege and DiskStudio can be ordered through select dealers and resellers worldwide or directly from Micromat, Inc. The retail price for TechTool Protege is $229. DiskStudio is $49. Current owners of TechTool Protege may purchase the TechTool Protege CD Update from Micromat for $25. Current owners of DiskStudio may purchase a DVD upgrade for the same price.
Friday, 21 July 2006 16:38
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Micromat is pleased to announce that we are now shipping the Universal Binary version of TechTool Pro 4–version 4.5.1. As previously announced, this major update ships on a dual-boot DVD that will start up either PowerPC or Intel based Macintosh computers. We've moved from CD-ROM format to a DVD to accommodate both the PowerPC and Intel systems. When booting from the TechTool DVD, the proper system is automatically selected based on the type of operating system needed by the Macintosh. In addition to providing support for Intel based Macs, TechTool Pro 4.5.1 has a number of other significant enhancements, including improved Disk Controller and Volume Structures tests. German language support has been added as well.

Current owners of TechTool Pro 4 can purchase the DVD update to version 4.5.1 for $25.00 directly from from our online store by clicking here or by calling Micromat directly at 800-829-6227 (outside of the USA call 707-566-3831). Due to the sheer size of this new release, we are unable to offer it as a download. In addition, Intel based Macs require the new media in order to boot. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is required to install TechTool Pro 4.5.1. The DVD contains a disk image of the TechTool Pro 4.1.2 CD for those who  wish to install TechTool Pro 4 under Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther).

Owners of TechTool Protege can expect an update to support Intel based Macs sometime in early to mid August. This update will include TechTool Pro 4.5.1, the Universal Binary version of DiskStudio, and the ability to boot Intel based Macs. It will also include a new utility to conveniently re-flash the TechTool Protege device with the latest software and system updates. We are putting the finishing touches on the updater at this time. TechTool Protege owners will be notified via email as further information becomes available.

Purchasing shortcuts:
If you don't currently own TechTool Pro and would like the complete package, click here.
If you do currently own TechTool Pro 4 and want the 4.5.1 update DVD, click here.
If you own an older version of TechTool Pro and would like to upgrade to 4.5.1, click here.
If you own TechTool Deluxe (from AppleCare) and want to upgrade to TechTool Pro 4.5.1, click here.


Monday, 12 June 2006 17:19
Micromat today announced the imminent release of TechTool Pro version 4.5. This is the eagerly anticipated Universal Binary version of TechTool Pro that will run on both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs. It fully supports the hardware changes introduced to the Macintosh platform with the introduction of the new MacIntel chipsets. All of the features of the program that were previously available for PowerPC based Macs will now be available for Intel-based Macs as well. This includes the innovative eDrive (emergency startup partition) feature of the program, found nowhere else. In addition to Universal Binary support, the new release will also include some significant program enhancements, including improved Disk Controller test routines.

Unlike most application software, more than a simple re-compile of the program was required to support the new Intel-based Macs. Because TechTool Pro 4 works with the computer hardware at the lowest levels, it was necessary for Micromat to completely re-engineer the software from the ground up. In order to support the new models, Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is required to run the program.

TechTool Pro 4.5.1 will ship on media capable of booting both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. Since the system components needed to boot both platforms are too large to fit on a CD, the program will ship on a DVD (a first for Micromat). The DVD will automatically boot the correct system version. Due to the sheer size of the program and system files, a downloadable updater from earlier program versions will not be available. However, a DVD update will be available to current customers of TechTool Pro 4 for $25. This update will be automatically mailed for free to current subscribers of the Micromat Annual subscription service.

TechTool Pro 4 is included as a part of Micromat's TechTool Protege product. TechTool Protege is a small FireWire flash drive geared toward Macintosh professionals. It includes both TechTool Pro 4 and the disk partitioning utility DiskStudio.

Micromat is also working on an upgrade for TechTool Protege to support the new Intel-based Macs. Like the TechTool Pro 4.5 update, Protege owners will be offered a low cost update as well. Micromat expects to have this update available to Protege owners in approximately 30 days after the release of TechTool Pro 4.5. This update will include a convenient "flash" application that allows the user to quickly and easily configure Protege to the system(s) on which they intend to utilize the device. As with the TechTool Pro update, Micromat expects this update to ship on DVD media for $25.

TechTool Pro 4.5.1 will begin shipping in early July 2006. It can be ordered through select dealers and resellers worldwide or directly from Micromat, Inc. The street price for new users is $98. Micromat offers an upgrade for $59 if you own a prior version of TechTool Pro or Drive 10.  Current owners of TechTool Pro 4 may purchase an update DVD from Micromat for $25; a valid version 4 serial number will be required.
Tuesday, 30 May 2006 17:00
Micromat has released TechTool Pro 4.1.2. This is a free update available to version 4 customers and can be downloaded here. Customers who wish to purchase a new boot CD can purchase them here. This will be the final installment of the PowerPC-only version of TechTool Pro. Some hilites of this update are:

  • Improved Interface
  • Bug & Compatibility Fixes
  • Additional Hardware Support

You can learn more about TechTool Pro here.



Sunday, 21 May 2006 15:46
Micromat is now offering a port extender cable for TechTool Protege. This is small, heavy-duty FireWire extension cable was designed specially for TechTool Protege. The cable makes it easy to attach TechTool Protege to Macintosh models with recessed FireWire ports that are not directly accessible to flash memory and some other devices. The price of the extender cable is $20.00. It is available from Micromat's Online Store.