Micromat today announced the upcoming release of it latest product, TechTool Protogo. TechTool Protogo is a Mac OS X application that lets a Macintosh user turn an old iPod, a flash drive or other similar device into a bootable diagnostic tool that contains several of Micromat’s utilities. Users may also install other utilities if desired. This device can then be used to boot, check, maintain and repair Macintosh computers. It allows a customer to create a tool similar to Micromat’s TechTool Protege on a device they already own.
TechTool Protogo ships on a DVD that includes the Protogo configuration application, as well as Micromat’s TechTool Pro Classic (for Mac OS 9 systems and below), TechTool Pro 4 (for Mac OS X), and DiskStudio. Protogo includes several profiles for standard system/utility configurations, making it easy to set up a device for specific needs. One can also create and save custom profiles that include third-party utilities as well. The standard profiles included with the program range from a minimal bootable system with TechTool Pro 4 and DiskStudio, to a full-blown Mac OS X installation including a Finder, Classic, and multiple utility programs.
With Protogo, it is possible to create a portable diagnostic device that can:
• Boot most Macintosh computers
• Diagnose and repair hard drive problems
• Test major hardware components
• Find viruses (Mac OS 9)
• Find system conflicts (Mac OS 9)
• Optimize and defragment hard drive volumes
• Rebuild volume directories
• Recover data from damaged volumes
• Repartition hard drives without losing data
• Boot different Mac OS versions from different partitions
• Run a variety of utilities
• And much more…
TechTool Protogo will begin shipping at MacWorld Expo on January 9th, 2007. The retail price will be $199.00 with an estimated street price of $135.00. It will be available through select dealers and resellers worldwide, as well as directly from Micromat, Inc. An upgrade will be available as well to those who currently own TechTool Pro 4.
More info here.