- Central Point Software
Central Point Software, Inc. (CP, CPS, Central Point) was a leading software utilities maker for the PC market, supplying utilities software for the DOS and Windows markets. CPS was acquired by
CPS was the major competitor to
Peter Norton Computing. Its flagship product PC Tools, an integrated graphical DOS shell and utilities package, competed against Norton Utilitiesand Norton Commander; CPS also manufactured a Macintosh version called Mac Tools. CPS licensed the Mirror, Undelete, and Unformat components of PC Tools to Microsoftfor inclusion in MS DOS versions 5.x and 6.x as external DOS utilities. It is believed that Windows 95was largely based on CPS Desktop.Fact|date=August 2007 CPS File Manager was ahead of its time, with features such as view ZIP archives as directories and a file/picture viewer. Symantec was saying "defrag in a multi-tasking environment is impossible" and CPS did it. Symantec's solution was to buy them out.
CPS's other major product was
Central Point Anti-Virus( CPAV), whose main competitor was Norton Antivirus. CPAV was a licensed version of Carmel Software's Turbo Anti-Virus; CPS, in turn, licensed CPAV to Microsoft to create Microsoft Antivirusfor DOS (MSAV) and Windows (MWAV).
CPS also had a hardware add-in expansion card, sold as an expansion to allow copying of copy protected diskettes and disks formatted for the
Macintosh. This board, the COPY II PC Deluxe Board, worked in conjunction with the COPY II PCsoftware (which did not require the board). COPY II PC's main competitor was Quaid Software's CopyWrite, which did not have a hardware component.
List of CPS products
* PC Tools
PC Tools for Windows
Central Point Anti-Virus
Central Point Anti-Virus for NetWare
Central Point Backup
Central Point Desktop
Central Point Commute
Copy II PC
Mac Tools (Central Point Software)
Deluxe Option Board
List of Symantec acquisitions.
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