updated 10:50 am EDT, Tue September 13, 2005
StuffIt Deluxe 10 ships
Allume Systems, a division of Smith Micro, today released are priced at $30.
"StuffIt's ability to compress JPEG images and photos -- without reducing image quality -- represents a significant innovation in the field of data compression," said Matthew Covington, Director of StuffIt Product Line. "Along with its strong encryption, superior compression, and self-healing features, JPEG compression provides another clear reason to use the StuffIt X file format."
The included Spotlight Importer allows Spotlight to index file names for items stored inside StuffIt, Zip, and Tar archives. When users perform a search, Spotlight will now list all the archives on the user's computer that contain files that match the search terms. StuffIt Deluxe 10 also includes support for Tiger's new Automator scripting tool allowing users to compress and expand StuffIt, Zip, and Tar archives as part of their Automator workflows.
StuffIt Deluxe 10 includes StuffIt SEA Maker, a new tool that provides the user with unprecedented control over how files are packaged for distribution. Users can create powerful self-extracting "packages" that allow them to control where files are expanded on their recipient's computer. Users can even add a splash screen and text dialog to their distribution.
Other new features include a new restore mode that will allow users to automatically expand the contents of an archive, created with Archive Assistant, back to the location on the hard drive from which they were backed up. The company also claims better performance saying its new "Better" compression algorithm allows StuffIt to compress up to 20 percent faster than prior versions. Allume has also provided improved .Mac support, allowing users to create dropboxes that can send and retrieve files from a .Mac iDisk.
The company has also improved its encryption scheme for archives. Users now have to enter a password to view the contents of an encrypted StuffIt X archive (.sitx), but unlike previous "whole archive encryption" implementations, once a password has been entered, the contents of encrypted StuffIt X archives can be changed.