Software MacKiev, an award-winning developer and publisher of premium quality consumer and education software, announced today the release of free Universal updates for three of its best-selling Mac software titles: 3D Weather Globe & Atlas, The Print Shop for Mac version 2.0, and the 2006 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia. The Universal updates allow the three products to run natively on Apple’s new Intel-based Macs. Software MacKiev also released benchmark test results that show that the updated products run up to three times faster on the new Intel Macs than on equivalent Power PC machines.

“We have seen the speed of our Universal editions running on Apple’s new iMac Core Duo, and we’re very impressed,” said Jack Minsky, Software MacKiev’s President. “We’re fully committed to creating Universal editions for every one of our current software products and introducing these first three updates just a few weeks after the arrival of the first Intel-based Mac gets us off to a great start. You can be sure that every title we start from now on will be planned as a Universal application from the very beginning.”

“Xcode and other innovative Apple tools give developers the power to quickly and easily create Universal versions of their most popular applications,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We’re thrilled to have Software MacKiev’s award-winning product lineup join the rapidly growing number of Universal applications ready to take full advantage of the power and elegance of the new Macs.”

Pricing and Availability. All three Universal updates are available as free downloads from Software MacKiev’s Web site ( The company’s product line, including the three titles for which Universal updates have been created, are available from the Apple Store in the US, Canada and the UK. 2006 World Book and The Print Shop for Mac both have a suggested retail price of $59.95 and the 3D Weather Globe & Atlas sells for $39.95. Educational discounts are available for six copies or more.