Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.9-RC

The latest release candidate of Tuxera NTFS for Mac, our high performance commercial NTFS driver is now out!

Download Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.9-RC

System requirements: A Mac (Intel or PowerPC) running Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6.

You can purchase a license for Tuxera NTFS for Mac in the Online Shop.

Changes since Tuxera NTFS for Mac 2010.7:

  • Eliminated the dependency on an external MacFUSE installation. Instead we include a customized rebranded version of MacFUSE as a part of the file system driver (source code).
  • Support for the fully 64-bit kernel which is used in the latest (mid-2010) Mac Pro workstations.
  • The file system driver now runs in native 64-bit mode on 64-bit capable Intel and PowerPC Macs.
  • Bugfix: Setting extended attributes (resource forks, quarantine flags, ...) would sometimes fail, leading to problems with file copying in the Finder.
  • Fix: The 'archive' flag is disabled for directories as a workaround for a Finder bug.
  • Fix: TrueCrypt volumes got permissions activated when they should not have been active.
  • All the latest changes in NTFS-3G are also included (up to 2010.8.8). See the NTFS-3G Release History for more info.
All users are welcome to discuss any NTFS-3G or Tuxera NTFS-related issues on the Tuxera Support Forum.
Customers are encouraged to use our email support address to report problems. See your activation email for the address.

NTFS-3G for Mac OS X 2010.8.8

What's new since NTFS-3G for Mac OS X 2010.5.22:
  • All in the NTFS-3G release notes.

  • Fix: A bug was discovered in the calculation of create times which means that create times were sometimes set to incorrect values.
The development of NTFS-3G for Mac OS X is funded by Tuxera Ltd.

Many of you have probably noticed that we now have a commercially supported counterpart to NTFS-3G, Tuxera NTFS for Mac.
Tuxera NTFS for Mac builds on the reliable NTFS-3G code base, but has several premium enhancements. The most important one is the new high performance caching layer which makes Tuxera NTFS at least twice as fast as cached NTFS-3G, but in many cases boosts performance even more (see: performance comparison).
The Tuxera NTFS for Mac caching layer also eliminates the need to choose between safety (in the event of a power outage or system crash) and performance, which is a choice you'll have to make in NTFS-3G.

Download:System requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6 (10.6 requires that you do not use the 64-bit kernel), running on an Intel or PowerPC computer.
The package has been tested with Mac OS X 10.4.11/PowerPC, Mac OS X 10.5.8/PowerPC and Mac OS X 10.6.4/Intel/64-bit Intel.
NTFS-3G includes and depends on MacFUSE.

Information on how to install and use NTFS-3G for Mac OS X can be found in the User Guide.
If you are having problems with NTFS-3G, then please write a forum post explaining your problems in the Tuxera Forums (or post the question as a blog comment if you're just unsure of how things work).

Known issues:
  • After installing ntfs-3g, all NTFS drives will disappear from the "Startup Disk" preference pane. Disabling or uninstalling ntfs-3g brings them back. It seems that this issue can't be solved, but only worked around since the Startup Disk preference pane doesn't recognize file system drivers that are not provided by Apple.
    Possible workarounds:
    • Holding down the Option key during boot (or Alt for non-Apple keyboards).

    • Intel users only: Install the rEFIt boot manager for better control of the boot process.

    • Using the command line utility bless (see man bless for more information)