Should I buy Dave 4.0?
Cost-conscious businesses that already use OS X 10.2 may have a tough time justifying buying Dave 4.0. But, despite its somewhat tedious configuration method, Dave 4.0 allows Macs in large organizations to access shares via a single sign-on; likewise, Windows users can access Mac files and printers through the same security model. Dave offers great functionality for Macs.
Putting Jaguar to the test
If you’re currently using Mac OS X 10.1, need better Windows interoperability than it offers, and have a limited budget, you may be on the fence about whether to buy Dave 4.0 or the OS X 10.2 upgrade. Apple added a number of networking improvements in 10.2 (Jaguar), which makes it considerably easier to connect to and share files with Windows systems, both servers and desktops. Let’s look at a simple scenario where you want to access files stored on a Windows server but are not quite sure how to connect to it. Jaguar’s browsing capabilities allow you to traverse the Windows networking domains and mount shared file systems. Before Jaguar, you needed a third-party tool, such as Gordon Shulkit’s open-source SMB Browser utility or ObjectiveDevelopment’s Sharity, to navigate easily through a hierarchy of domains, servers, and shares – but thanks to the SMB directory-access service plug-in for Jaguar, Windows network browsing is a native feature of OS X. Jaguar provides the ability to browse Windows networking domains; the ability to mount SMB or CIFS shares using Windows networking credentials; and the ability to share portions of a file system with Windows networking users employing local security. These Windows networking features will serve smaller office environments nicely, but for larger businesses there is life beyond Jaguar. If you need to access files or share printers with Windows counterparts, or want to avoid having to log in separately to each Windows server, we recommend Dave 4.0 instead.
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