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Vancouver, B.C. - June 18, 2000 -- SpiralCom Communications Inc., a privately held corporation, today announced the immediate world-wide availability of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.3.0 (Build 000618) for Windows 95/98/2000 and Windows NT. This is a maintenance release only. It has the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • Implemented better support of AIT tape drives.

Vancouver, B.C. - April 23, 2000 -- SpiralCom Communications Inc., a privately held corporation, today announced the immediate world-wide availability of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.3.0 (Build 000401) for Windows 95/98/2000 and Windows NT. This is a maintenance release only. It has the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • Fixed the rare occurrence of empty drive list in the Extraction dialog box.
  • Fixed "Fast Search" problem with files in the archives that are greater than 4GB.
  • Fixed quiting problem using the "Close button" in the title bar.
  • Fixed background color scheme problem when using Windows 2000.
  • Fixed tape offset bug in .tal files during tar creation. (commerical version only.)
  • Accept tapes with the last block in the archive that is not a multiple of the blocking factor.
  • Implemented auto-block factor changes for invalid block sizes.
  • Added "Use density code for hardware compression flag" for better handling of tape drives supporting multiple formats.

Vancouver, B.C. - November 1, 1999 -- SpiralCom Communications Inc., a privately held corporation, today announced the immediate world-wide availability of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.3.0 (Build 991013) for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. This is a maintenance release only. It has the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • The "flashing" or skewed-looking Preference dialog box is fixed. This only happens to certain Windows platform with an incompatible common control library.
  • We now support files within a tar archive to have sizes greater than 2GB. The maximum supported file sizes is 8GB - 1 byte, which is the limit supported by the tar format. Use of this feature may make your tar archive not readab.e by older tar programs under Unix as the maximum file sizes supported is 2GB
  • There is now support for using regular expressions/wild-cards to extract files from a tar archive using a file list. [Only in commercial release]
  • To improve the tape searching throughput, we now incorporate "fast search" support when reading the archive content and extracting selected files from a tar archive on tar files, tar floppy diskettes, and tar tapes.

Vancouver, B.C. - April 2, 1999 -- SpiralCom Communications Inc., a privately held corporation, today announced the immediate world-wide availability of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.3.0 (Build 990402) for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. This is a maintenance release only. It has the following bug fixes and enhancements. If none of the fixes or enhancements applies to you, you do not need to download this new version.

  • The "Unknown SCSI error" with code 0 problem is fixed.
  • We now fully support double-byte character system such as Chinese and Japanese. Double-byte characters are now displayed and handled properly in all list boxes containing filenames and directories in the corresponding language version of Windows 95/98, and Windows NT.

Vancouver, B.C. - December 29, 1998 -- SpiralCom Communications Inc., a privately held corporation, today announced the immediate world-wide availability of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.3.0 for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. WinTAR-SCSI uses the most popular Unix archiving format, tar, as the storage format to enable transparent exchange of files among Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT and Unix platforms.

Being the successor of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.2.x, this new release has many major enhancements and bug fixes including:

  • A new and improved user interface with Windows 95/98 controls.
  • Flexible FileMarks searching in forward and backward directions.
  • Read and write multi-tape and multi-floppy tar archives.
  • Better support of user-defined backup templates for common backup patterns.
  • Import and export of the tar archive index without reading the tape content.
  • Both POSIX 1003.1 and GNU extended tar formats.
  • Auto-detection/adaptation of tape parameters such as block size, blocking factor, and byte-swap (if your tape drive supports the feature).
  • On-the-fly smart text conversion between DOS and Unix text files.
  • Powerful command line arguments for creating, listing, extracting archives, and controlling your tape drive.
  • Context-sensitive help on most buttons and data entry controls..
  • SCSI tape drive diagnostic dumps.
  • Open archive wizard
  • Improved on-line help with tutorials.

To try out the new 30-day evaluation version, you can download it here.  When ordering, please use our new WinTAR-SCSI order form.

Note to all registered users of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.2.x

All (*) existing registered users of WinTAR-SCSI Version 2.2.x who have registered a licenced copy of WinTAR-SCSI before December 29, 1998, are eligible for upgrading to this new version free of charge via the Internet only.  You can use the same downloading instructions that was sent to you via email when you register WinTAR-SCSI  to download star230r.exe.  If you need us to email you the software or you have lost the downloading instructions, please email us at support@spiralcomm.com with your registration number, user name, company, and email address.  Put in the subject of your email "Upgrade WinTAR-SCSI".  Upon verification of identity, we will email you the software.  If you have lost the registration number but you can provide some proof of purchase from us, you may be eligible for a upgrade to Version 2.3.0 at half the current list price of WinTAR-SCSI, plus shipping and handling charges if applicable.

For those registered users who would like to receive the upgrade on a 3.5" floppy diskette via postal air mail or courier, there will be an upgrade fee at half the current list price of WinTAR-SCSI, plus applicable shipping and handling charges.   Please use our regular WinTAR-SCSI order form when ordering for an upgrade and indicate in the comment section of the order form your current registration number of the licenced WinTAR-SCSI.

(*) Some conditions apply. We reserved the rights to change our upgrade policy without prior notice.

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