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Allume Systems Release StuffIt Standard Edition 10Data compression, access, and management tool for Mac OS X (October 28, 2005)
Allume Systems, Inc. released StuffIt Standard Edition 10, the latest version of its innovative data compression, access, and management tool for Mac OS X. This release includes patent pending JPEG compression technology, allowing users to compress JPEG images and photos up to 30% without loss in image quality. The only previous solution available for those looking to reduce the size of JPEG images was to further reduce the quality of the image. StuffIt's JPEG compression technology provides a new solution that offers smaller files without any penalty of reduced picture clarity. The product also allows users to view thumbnails for archived JPEG images without requiring them to decompress the archive.
"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."
StuffIt Standard Edition includes updated versions of both StuffIt ExpanderŽ and DropStuff. DropStuff provides users with a single point of access from which StuffIt, Zip, and TAR archives can be created. An updated user interface makes it easy for user to change compression options on the fly, and access advanced features such as CD and DVD burning. StuffIt Expander is Allume's free decompression tool that offers access to more than 22 different file formats, allowing Mac users to seamlessly exchange files with Windows, UNIX, and Linux users.
Users can download a free copy of StuffIt Expander from the StuffIt.com website: http://www.stuffit.com/expander
Overview of new features and benefits:
New! JPEG Compression: Compress JPEG photos and images up to 30% without further reducing image quality.
New! Improved "Restore" mode: StuffIt Expander features 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.
Improved Performance: The introduction of a new "Better" compression algorithm allows StuffIt to compress up to 20% faster than prior versions.
Improved Encryption: Users now have to enter a password to view the contents of an encrypted StuffIt X archive, but unlike previous "whole archive encryption" implementations, once a password has been entered, the contents of encrypted StuffIt X archives can be changed.
Improved User Interface: Both DropStuff and StuffIt Expander feature an updated user interface designed to make it easy to access their key functions. DropStuff allows users to switch compression format and set options (such as encryption) on the fly, and also features a new destination slide out tray that provides access to features such as CD/DVD burning, FTP upload, and .Mac iDisk access.
Pricing, Availability and Requirements
The MSRP for StuffIt Standard Edition 10 is $49.99, available directly from Allume. Registered users of StuffIt Standard can upgrade for $14.99 or upgrade to StuffIt DeluxeŽ for $29.99. The upgrade offer is good till March 31, 2006. To upgrade visit: http://www.stuffit.com/mac/standard/upgrade.html
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