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Announcing the Future of Network Admin

We announced last month that we were replacing FCS Maintenance Pack with Pro Maintenance Tools which would offer support for Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac, due for release very soon.

With this in mind, it seems like a good time to explain our plans for FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin, the companion tool that allows you to deploy FCS Maintenance Pack over a network and remotely troubleshoot Final Cut Studio.

Network Admin is in use at many top broadcasters in the USA, Europe and Australia and is an essential tool for anyone with a network of Final Cut Studio systems. We're planning to replace it with Pro Admin which will eventually become a hub for managing all Digital Rebellion products, not just FCS Maintenance Pack or Pro Maintenance Tools.

In addition to 64-bit support and compatibility with the upcoming Pro Maintenance Tools suite, we're planning radical overhauls of the user interface and networking code. This will make the software easier to use, more reliable and will improve compatibility with corporate networks. It also enables us to do a lot of exciting things that we'll announce closer to the release.

These changes will require significant portions of the application to be rewritten and this will take time. We are planning a release before the end of the year.

FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin cannot support FCS Maintenance Pack and Pro Maintenance Tools simultaneously, so we will release an interim version of Network Admin that has been modified to support Pro Maintenance Tools. This version will take the Pro Admin name but will not have the new features. You will be able to run FCS Maintenance Pack and Pro Maintenance Tools side-by-side and use Network Admin and Pro Admin, respectively, to administer them.

Existing customers will be able to use their licenses with this interim version at no cost until it is replaced by Pro Admin 2.0 later this year. Upgrade pricing will be announced closer to the release but anyone who purchased the software from February 1st 2011 will be eligible for a free upgrade.

We've been paying attention to your feedback and we think Pro Admin is a great step forward for the software. If you have any suggestions to make for the new version, please let us know.

Posted by Jon Chappell on Jun 30 2011 to DR News, Front Page News, Utilities