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Fetch author launches Fetch Softworks, announces version 4.0 by Jim Matthews

Hanover, NH — Jim Matthews, author of the popular Macintosh FTP program Fetch, announces the launch of a new company to further develop and market the award-winning file transfer utility. Fetch Softworks has licensed the Fetch source code and name from Dartmouth College and will offer a free public test release of Fetch 4.0 beginning Tuesday, January 9, 2001.

“I am excited by this opportunity to enhance Fetch and to offer its many users a long awaited upgrade,” said Matthews. “Fetch 4.0 implements users’ suggestions in areas ranging from security to interface and incorporates the latest operating system technologies.”

Fetch, first developed in 1989 to address Dartmouth College’s internal file transfer needs, was one of the first graphical FTP clients on any platform and remains the most popular file transfer utility for the Macintosh. Millions of copies of Fetch have been distributed and used to transfer countless web pages, data sets, and digital photos of items for auction on EBay.

Fetch 4.0 includes dozens of new features, including support for eleven different proxy servers, folder mirroring, integration with BBEdit, Graphic Converter and QuickTime, Keychain support, server-server transfers, contextual menus, Kerberos security and a streamlined, updated user interface. Additionally, Fetch 4.0 is optimized for Mac OS X, with an Aqua user interface. Already popular for its reliability, ease of use, and compatibility, Fetch will offer its loyal users even greater flexibility, security, and convenience in version 4.0.

Starting January 9, 2001, users may purchase Fetch 3.0.3 for $25 from Fetch Softworks and receive a free upgrade to the final release of Fetch 4.0 once it is completed. A free public test version of Fetch 4.0 is available immediately. For these products as well as information about other licensing options, visit the Fetch Softworks website.

Fetch Softworks will be exhibiting at the eSellerate booth, #2311, at the MacWorld Expo San Francisco, January 9-12, 2001.

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