All About CDs, DVDs and Archiving

Some optical media is better than others. Read our entire story at www.design-tools.com/cddvd. The bottom line: use Verbatim DataLifePlus DVD-Rs, no sticky labels, and an appropriate marker.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

DroboShare: Easy Network Backups

I’ve mentioned in the past how useful the Drobo hard drive-based data storage system is, and now DroboShare ($199) brings that same ease of use to your network-based backups.

DroboShare includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface along with USB 2.0, and connects to your Drobo ($399) so everyone on your network can backup their data.

The Drobo holds up to four hot-swappable 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, monitors each drive’s health, and lets you increase storage by changing drives on the fly. A single Drobo holds up to 16TB of data, and DroboShare lets you gang them together for up to 32TB of storage.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.

Hard Drives Now 8¢/GB

Have you seen how far prices have come down on hard drives? Right now, several online retailers are offering a 1 terabyte Seagate Barracuda or Western Digital hard drive for around $80 shipped. That’s 1,000 GB for $80.

Is it time for you to upgrade?

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.