WIRE)--Sept. 14, 1999--The latest version of DirectCD, Adaptec's
software product that makes a CD-R/RW drive as easy to use as a
floppy drive, now offers compression for CD-RW, improved Universal
Disc Format (UDF) Reader support, and enhanced ScanDisc
"As CD-R/RW technology surges in
popularity, our customers are calling for greater capacities and
greater sophistication of features along with increased
ease-of-use," said Tom Shea, general manager for the software
products group at Adaptec. "Version 3.0 will only add to CD-R/RW's
stature as the leading choice for removable storage."
With compression, CD-RW discs can
now hold up to twice as much data. In addition, discs last longer
because compressed files take up less space, so the disc is
re-written less often, resulting in less wear.
Improved support for UDF means
that when users format a disc using DirectCD 3.0, the UDF Reader
installer is placed on that disc. This makes installation of the
UDF reader to a PC automatic. In turn, this allows CD-RW discs to
be readable on PCs with MultiRead CD-ROM drives, without the need
for the user to manually install a UDF reader.
Improvements to DirectCD 3.0's
ScanDisc, a data recovery utility, include support for CD-RW, in
addition to the previously supported CD-R media.
Adaptec's DirectCD 3.0 will be
available to drive manufacturers and Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEMs) in September 1999.
About Adaptec, Inc.
Adaptec moves the world's
information with host bus adapters, RAID, and software products
that speed data to and from computers, peripherals, and networks.
Founded in 1981 and with headquarters in Milpitas, Calif., Adaptec
is a global design, manufacturing, sales, service, and
distribution company. More information on Adaptec's CD-Recordable
software is available at http://cdr.adaptec.com
or for other Adaptec products visit our web site at www.adaptec.com.