“Apple Computer today revealed a new version of Apple Remote Desktop, the company’s software for managing networked Mac OS X systems. Apple Remote Desktop 3 is designed to work with Intel-based Macs and has more than 50 new features the company said would improve software distribution, asset management and remote assistance. ‘It’s an upgrade of a very popular utility,’ said Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg. “Most importantly, it shows that there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods.’ Improvements to the third-generation desktop management software include faster ‘Spotlight’ searches across multiple OS X Tiger systems, over 30 ‘Automator’ actions for easily automating repetitive system administration tasks; and ‘AutoInstall,’ for installing software automatically on mobile systems when they return online,” Maya Roney reports for Forbes.
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MacDailyNews Take: Shows whom, exactly? People who aren’t remotely familiar with Apple Computer, we assume. Like Wall Street analysts, for example. Gartenberg generally seems to know what’s going on with Apple, but his “most importantly…” comment is most idiotic. A little thing called “Boot Camp” with its full page dissections in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and hundreds of other major outlets, did a bit more “showing that there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods” than the release of ARD 3. Showing that “there’s a lot going on at Apple besides iPods” is certainly not the most important aspect of ARD 3’s release. Sheesh.
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Apple introduces Apple Remote Desktop 3; now optimized for Intel-based Macs – April 11, 2006