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Micromat (www.micromat.com) has served up a new version (7) of TechTool Pro, its problem solving utility. The program is completely rewritten for 64-bit, next-generation Macs.
Version 7 is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and above, including the pre-release version of the new OS X system called Mavericks. It's also compatible with the new Macs introduced at last week's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
Of the new features included in version 7, the most significant is the new RAM test and SPD diagnostic, says Christian Pickman, product manager for TechTool Pro. With the wide availability of inexpensive memory modules, RAM problems are quite prevalent and can cause a variety of crashes, program errors and even data loss, he adds.
Pickman says this new feature took almost two years to develop and is one of the most advanced tests they've ever created. Besides helping the user to ascertain and locate faulty memory modules, the program also looks for mismatched memory, which can slow down the fastest computers to unusable speeds. Additional features included in the program are full 64-bit compatibility.
TechTool Pro 7 can be ordered through select dealers and resellers worldwide or directly from Micromat. The suggested retail price of the program is US$99.99. Owners of earlier versions of TechTool Pro may upgrade for $39.99 directly from Micromat .