German software house HOB has updated HOBLink JWT, which lets Mac users work with Windows applications running centrally on a Windows 2000 Server or Windows XP Professional server.

This version introduces Mac OS X support, and provides full flexibility in printing from Windows applications running on Windows 2000 Terminal Servers from any Mac OS platform.

Patrick Oliver Graf, international sales director with HOB, explains: “HOBLink JWT is a Java-connectivity state-of-the-art product that truly links together the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh world.”

Mac Corp The solution permits multi-user and multi-platform access to centralized Windows applications. It's been designed specifically for the Mac audience, and opens the door to getting Macs onto corporate networks, networking experts claim.

New printing functions such as EasyPrint, which has been added to the product, lets Macintosh users work and print from applications held on a Windows Terminal Server. The Easy Print function offered through HOBLink JWT’s PCL-printing function (Printer command language protocol), ensures flexible, location-independent printing of host data in any heterogeneous environment.

HOBLink JWT now offers users several methods of client printing: network print via Terminal Server, IP-print on any printer with an IP-address over a LAN, and local print via USB.

Graf observed: “Used in conjunction with the Easy Print function of the Mac OS X platform, the number of necessary print drivers to be installed is cut down to two standard drivers only, greatly reducing administration time.”

The product will be on exhibit at Macworld Expo next week. Price details haven't been announced at this time.