updated 07:35 pm EDT, Fri September 17, 2010
New toolbar aimed at making file transfer easy
Smith Micro Software has released Stuffit Deluxe 2011 for Mac, featuring a 64-bit optimized Stuffit Engine, improved compression, Stuffit Destinations for easy file transfers, plug-ins for iPhoto and Aperture, and a new licensing plan that includes a free Windows license.
The new version has been thoroughly redesigned to strip out complexity, using workflows (called "Stuffit Destinations" in the program) to make sending files to favorite destinations a one-button task. Files can be compressed and sent via e-mail, FTP or to a MobileMe member's iDisk, as well as burned onto CD/DVD or moved into specific locations on local or network hard drives. The program's SmartSend feature automatically e-mails small files as attachments, while large files are automatically uploaded to a secure website for easy download.
The program also sports new options for audio and image compression, allowing for further reduction of already-compressed formats, like JPEG and MP3, without any loss of sound or picture quality. Plug-ins are included for iPhoto and Aperture. In addition, the new version can create disk image (DMG) files directly from the Magic Menu button. The upgrading of the Stuffit Engine core to 64-bit means most users will notice faster performance overall, though the optimization will be most obvious to users with more than 8GB of RAM.
The company is also offering its own subscription-based secure cloud storage option, called SendStuffNow, that allows users to store and share up to 2GB of files. Similar to the iDisk file sharing of MobileMe, e-mail recipients get a simple URL to click with no signup or software installation needed to download the file. The program comes with a free three-month premium SendStuffNow account trial valued at $30.
Also included is an installer for Stuffit Deluxe for Windows, aimed at helping customers who also have PCs or use virtualized Windows on their Macs. Users can mix and match up to three installations of either the Mac or Windows versions on their household network.
Stuffit Deluxe 2011 retails for $50, and existing users can upgrade for $30.