• Jon Garber, founder
  • Bonnie Fought, co-founder
  • Roy McDonald, CEO

Connectix Corporation was a manufacturer of software and hardware, especially for Apple computers. The company was founded in October 1988 by Jon Garber. Important corporate members were also Bonnie Fought, Eric Traut and Roy McDonald. McDonald was still CEO and President, as Connectix was finally closed in August 2003 and sold to Microsoft.

Important products

  • Virtual, the original flagship, the virtual memory in the Macintosh OS a few years before Apple introduced ( in System 7 ); Virtual aired on many accelerator cards for the original Mac / Mac Plus / Mac SE line, where virtual memory was not supported by Apple.
  • MODE32 software that expanded the Mac memory management on 32-bit, in response to Mac buyers who are demanding to know why their 32- bit 68020 microprocessor could not access more than 8 megabytes of RAM. This software was later sold to Apple.
  • MAXIMA, a RAM Disk Utility, better than the later with the Mac OS delivered because the content could be restored after a reboot and enabled booting from the RAM disk.
  • RAM Doubler, the first product to compress the virtual memory; It sold very well for many years, but was overtaken after a few years, since Apple improved the management of virtual memory and RAM prices fell.
  • Ram Doubler for Windows, a product for Windows 3.1x, the system resources memory, by using a compression technique, enlarged. Thus, the execution of more applications were allowed and the execution resource hungry software facilitates and overall the system stabilizes, because system resources memory was a permanent problem of the 16 -bit versions of Windows. The problem was defused by Microsoft with Windows 9x with a trick in another way, however, resolved only in Windows NT.
  • Speed ​​Doubler joined an extended disk cache, a better finder copying tool and a dynamically recompiled 68K to PowerPC emulator which was quicker than the emulators that mitlieferte Apple with PowerPC Macs. He was ultimately overtaken, because only available for 68k processors applications were rare, and the Mac OS code has been improved.
  • Quickcam Chat - originally the sole design of Jon Garber; he wanted to call it the ' Mac - camera ', but this was forbidden by the marketing since it saw the possibility that it becomes a cross-platform product. In fact, it should 14 months later, the second Connectix product for Windows (Mac QuickCam was sold from August 1994 RAM Doubler for Windows from April 1995 and QuickCam for Windows as of October 1995). The software was later sold to Logitech.
  • Virtual Game Station, PlayStation emulation. The software was sold to Sony, after these documents in litigation and sales then stopped immediately.
  • Virtual PC - Emulation Software ( x86-based PC ) for PowerPC - based Macintosh computers. The resulting developments: the virtualization software Virtual PC and Virtual Server for Windows. The software was developed after the takeover by Microsoft. The Mac version was set in Microsoft after switching from PowerPC to Intel-based Macs.


With the sale of Virtual PC development and its technical support a large part of the staff at Microsoft has been transferred. Products for Macintosh, including Double Talk, Copy Agent and RAM Doubler, were discontinued.