updated 09:00 am EDT, Wed October 10, 2007
StuffIt Deluxe 12 released
Smith Micro has released the latest version of StuffIt Deluxe, its file compression utility. Updates to Deluxe 12 are centered around the proprietary StuffIt X format, which has been given enhanced performance when compressing specific file types. MP3 files can be shrunk without a reduction in audio quality, while images such as TIFF and PNG files are compressed using a new 24-bit engine. The same engine is also targeted at Office 2007 and iWork documents, and can specifically compress files embedded within Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents.
Archived images can now be viewed as thumbnails, and when creating compressed backups, any ZIP files detected can be re-compressed. StuffIt Deluxe 12 is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X 10.4; the full version costs $80, but owners of earlier versions or StuffIt Standard can upgrade for $30.