Now Stumbles on Now Up-to-Date's Tiger Compatibility

MacCentralis Peter Cohen reported on Wednesday that Now Software, unlike many other developers, wonit have a Tiger-compatible version of Now Up-to-Date & Contact ready when the new Mac OS ships on April 29. The calendaring and contact management application is currently at version 4.5.3. Version 5.0 will introduce Tiger support, but it wonit ship until June and it will be a paid upgrade.

According to Mr. Cohen, news of a paid upgrade has upset some Now Software customers, but he talked to Now Softwareis Director of Marketing Randy Murray, who said that Tiger support "is the smallest new feature in the product." Mr. Murray told Mr. Cohen that version 5.0 will also feature team scheduling capabilities, a Now Server Manager utility that simplifies the setup of servers for group use and more.

After the release of Now Up-to-Date & Contact 5.0, Mr. Cohen wrote that Now Software expects "to add more Tiger-specific support, exposing features like Widgets designed to make use of Tigeris new Dashboard technology, services designed to support Spotlight ... and more."

Mr. Cohen said that Now Up-to-Date & Contact 5.0 will cost US$49.95 for owners of version 4.5, with the full software selling for $129.95 on CD or $119.95 as a download. However, anyone who purchased the software after March 28 will receive the new version for free.