LaCie showed its next generation of DVD-RAM FireWire drives at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Coming days after Adaptecs’ release of its Toast 4.1 FireWire updater, LaCie promised that its fresh products would ship this summer. The high-speed DVD-RAM drives offer hot-swappable storage on DVD-RAM media with a potential capacity of 9.4GB, or 4.7GB per side, at transfer rates of up to 22Mbps.

Mike Mihalik, vice president of engineering for LaCie, said: "The missing link has been high-speed, high-capacity removable storage." He said the new FireWire DVD-RAM drives would be able to store complete movies, image libraries and thousands of documents on one disc.

Compatability The drives will read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives, as well as DVD-R, DVD-ROM and DVD drives. Pricing has not yet been set.

Aladdin Systems demonstrated Stuffit InstallerMaker 6.5.2 at WWDC. This supports the installation of USB drivers on Mac OS 9, using the USB Software Locator in OS 9.

The company also announced that InstallerMaker 7.0 will offer support for the creation of Mac OS X installers. Though InstallerMaker 6.5.2 is only available to developers at WWDC, those developers are receiving a free, one-year licence for the product.

Final version USB developers who get the beta version of 6.5.2 at WWDC will be able to redeem the program for the final product on its release by contacting Aladdin.

REALSoftware also announced that its REALbasic programming application has been Carbonized for OS X, reaching version 3.01a. The company promised developers the ability to use its program on OS 9.

Metrowerks announced the availability of a fully Carbonized beta version of CodeWarrior, primed for OS X.