New Version Includes Spotlight and Automator features, improved .Mac support, compression optimizations, and a powerful new file distribution system for Mac OS X
ALISO VIEJO, CA - Allume Systems, Inc., a division of Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), today released StuffIt Deluxe® 10, the latest version of its innovative data compression, access, and management tool for Mac OS X. This release includes our patent pending JPEG compression technology, allowing users to compress JPEG images and photos up to 30% with no 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 Deluxe also offers new features that seamlessly integrate with Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger". The included Spotlight Importer allows Spotlight to index file names for items stored inside StuffIt, Zip, and Tar archives. When the user performs 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.
Overview of new features and benefits:
New! JPEG Compression: Compress JPEG photos and images up to 30% without further reducing image quality.
New! Preview Thumbnails: Preview archived JPEG images within StuffIt X archives (.sitx) without having to decompress the data.
New! Spotlight Importer: StuffIt Deluxe 10 extends the reach of Apple's Spotlight search technology to include files stored in StuffIt, Zip, and Tar archives.
New! Automator Support: Use Mac OS X 10.4's Automator to create automated solutions that include the ability to compress and expand StuffIt, Zip, and Tar archives.
New! Package Files for Distribution: StuffIt SEA Maker™ allows users to create self-extracting archives that open automatically on Mac OS 10.3 and 10.4. Users can specify the directory to which files in the archive will be expanded, and can also choose to generate and display a splash screen and text dialog during installation.
New! and 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 .Mac Support: StuffIt Express™ PE now allows users to create dropboxes that can send and retrieve files from a .Mac iDisk.
Improved Encryption: 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.
Pricing, Availability and Requirements
The MSRP for StuffIt Deluxe 10 is $79.99, available directly from Allume and popular retailers and catalogs and distribution partners worldwide.
Registered users of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard® can upgrade for $29.99. The upgrade offer is good till March 31, 2006. To upgrade visit: http://www.allume.com/store/upgrades.html
Systems Requirements: StuffIt Deluxe 10 requires Mac OS 10.3 or higher. The Spotlight Importer and Automator scripting tool requires Mac OS 10.4.
To learn more about StuffIt and our product lines visit: www.stuffit.com, www.allume.com, or www.smithmicro.com
About Smith Micro Software:
Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of wireless communication, broadband and utility software products for multiple OS platforms. The company designs integrated cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on Wireless and Broadband technologies and the Internet, the company's products and services enable wireless communications, file compression, eCommerce, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, network fax, and traditional computer telephony. Allume Systems, Inc., a division of Smith Micro, develops and publishes award-winning software solutions for Windows and Macintosh. Leading brands are StuffIt®, Internet Cleanup® and Spring Cleaning. Allume's software offers a range of solutions, empowering users in the areas of information access, removal, recovery, security, and Internet distribution. Smith Micro's and Allume's complete line of products are available primarily online at the company's websites, through our enterprise direct sales efforts, retailers, and through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800.
This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the company's financial prospects and projections, the company's plans for returning to sustained profitability and the company's ability to increase its business in segments of the company. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are new and changing technologies, customer acceptance of those technologies, fluctuations or cancellations in orders from distribution customers, new and continuing adverse economic conditions, and the company's ability to compete effectively with other software companies. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those presented in any forward-looking statement and are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.
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