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Stuffit Deluxe 2011 features drag-and-drop toolbar

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.



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  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    +7

    Will this #$%* just die already??

    Nobody needs Stuffit. Please stop confusing Mac users into thinking they need your product.

  1. ebeyer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2004

    +9

    Huh?

    Does anybody use Stuffit anymore? What is this, 1996?

  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +1

    Is this a sucky version or not? I lost track.

    Back in the pre-OS X days, every other version of Stuffit sucked. That's because (after it got bought from the original author) they kept forcing new features in with poor implementation and trying to pitch it based on the new features, which didn't work. They kept bringing in the same programmer every other version -- I forget the name, offhand -- to clean things up.

    Of course, the fact that Mac OS X typically doesn't use resource forks, and can created both Zip archives and compressed disk images means that Stuffit is less than useful these days even if it works right.

  1. sribe

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    Joined: Jan 2003

    +2

    who cares anymore?

    Is the file format actually compatible this time? Or did they once again s**** that up?

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +2

    Still Useful for Some

    Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but Stuffit is still a pretty useful tool.

    Simply being able to create an archive in the Finder by selecting a bunch of files and hitting Command-S, or hitting Command-U to unstuff saves me lots of time.

    It compresses and uncompresses archives in just about every format imaginable, including Zip.

  1. Gazoobee

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Feb 2009

    0

    @JeffHarris

    Zip compression has been built into the OS for years now. The thing that you are so glad stuffit does for you, is mostly done for you by Mac OS-X by default.

    Right clicking on any file in the OS will give you a context menu, one of the options on this menu is "create archive." Yes it's zip only, and won't give you rar files or anything like that, but zip is the most efficient compression utility and for that reason the most widely used. It bears mentioning also that compression tools for all the other formats are free everywhere. Stuffit is practically the only company left that has the gall to *charge* for a compression utility, and their prices are ridiculously high given that fact.

    It's articles like this one, that fail to mention that Stuffit has almost no features worth buying it for, that crete the impression that stuffit is some kind of necessary add-in tool when it simply isn't. I don't use Stuffit because of the years and years of frustrating customer abuse, but even if you don't care about what a horrible company Stuffit is and what complete a-holes they've been to their customers over the years, the utility itself is just not necessary.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    In Stuffit's defense

    There are still some scenarios where Stuffit is useful:

    1. Decompressing old files and folders that were stored as "sit" files.

    2. I run Sheepshaver, and so every now and again I download some old OS 9 program that comes in this format.

    3. One program that can handle sit, zip, rar and par (and the other more exotic PC formats).

    4. There's always one PC moron who insists you send files in (name an exotic Linux/Windows compression format).

    So, while I don't find the full Stuffit as useful as I once did, at least the Expander still comes in handy fairly often. And it is available separately -- for free.

  1. Drunken Economist

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    The Vicar's right...

    Stuffit had its time. But seriously: There are a number of free Unix based tools out there (like 'TheUnarchiver') that are orders above what Stuffit has become. The last time (2 versions ago) I put Stuffit on my Mac I got kernel panics. NEVER AGAIN. Ever.

    Go to their website! They're a PC Software company with NO CHOPS on Unix or Mac. Every iteration of software that comes out from them HAS BUGS that have to be fixed in dot releases.

    What you're getting is Windows quality from a Windows shop. Are you sure you want that??

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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: @JeffHarris

    Zip compression has been built into the OS for years now. The thing that you are so glad stuffit does for you, is mostly done for you by Mac OS-X by default.

    Um, as you say, mostly.

    Right clicking on any file in the OS will give you a context menu, one of the options on this menu is "create archive."

    So instead of his easy keystroke of "Command S" you give him "Go right-click your mouse, um, if you can right-click your mouse".

    And what about opening an Archive? One of the many problems with Apple's built-in tool (besides how they hide it so you can't just open it, it's limited number of file types it supports, etc) is that the only thing you can do with a zip file is expand it. No "Let me see what's in it before I unzip it in case it doesn't have what I'm looking for" functionality. Double-clicking just extracts the files. And puts it all in the current directory (no need to ask where you want to put it or anything, that's just boring). Thus, some people might like a different tool.

    Now, why that would be Stuffit, I don't know (integration into the finder would be a reason, though). I think 8 was the last version I bought. Or was it 6? it was certainly before sitx.


    Yes it's zip only, and won't give you rar files or anything like that, but zip is the most efficient compression utility and for that reason the most widely used.


    It is NOT the most efficient compression utility. Most widely used does not equate to anything except it is the most widely used. Otherwise you'd have to start arguing that using Windows is the most efficient for the same reason.

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