Dantz has announced a Carbonized version of its popular back-up utility, Retrospect.

Retrospect Backup 5.0 is currently a beta release built to run with a Mac OS 9-based, systems rather than OS X-based servers. The final release will offer a fully Mac OS X-compatible solution.

The company will be offering a free upgrade path for registered users who purchase Retrospect 4.3 for Mac on or after July 18. The Retrospect product-family will consist of applications for different needs. All prices stated below are estimates only, supplied by the company for guidance:

- Retrospect Express Backup is a $49 single-user version designed to backup to removable media, hard drives and CD-RWs.

- Retrospect Desktop Backup is also a single user tool, offering all the features of Express, but also supporting tape drives. Additionally, it can back-up over networks when used with Retrospect Client software. It costs $149.

- Retrospect Workgroup Backup costs $299 and includes 20 cross-platform client licences as well as support for a single server. This product supports tape drives.

- Retrospect Server Backup is new to version 5.0. It's designed to secure data created in larger workgroups, offers all the features of other versions of Retrospect plus support for multiple servers, It includes 100 cross-platform licenses and costs $499.

Dantz has set up a mailing list to let potential customers know when Retrospect 5.0 ships. More information and beta versions of Retrospect are available from Dantz.