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Smith Micro Introduces StuffIt Deluxe 11.0 - New Universal Binary Release Improves Performance On Dual Core Processors

Sep 21, 2006
Latest Compression Software Includes File Management Features and Support for New Encrypted Zip Format

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) today released StuffIt Deluxe® 11.0, the latest version of its innovative data compression, access, and management solution for Mac OS X. The newly redesigned Universal Binary version of StuffIt Deluxe introduces StuffIt Archive Manager™, providing native support for Intel based Macs, and featuring a number of improvements to its core compression engine. These improvements deliver faster compression and decompression speeds, especially evident on dual-processor or dual-core Macs.

With the addition of StuffIt Archive Manager, StuffIt Deluxe places an increased emphasis on file management. StuffIt Archive Manager works by grouping related files together into "Collections." These Collections allow the user to work with a set of files in a single list view regardless of their location on the hard drive. The default set of Collections included with StuffIt Archive Manager are designed to help the user work with their archived data. For example, clicking the "StuffIt Collection" button creates a list of all the StuffIt archives found on the user's computer.

StuffIt Archive Manager allows users to create their own fully-customizable Collections. By using simple search criteria, a custom Collection allows the user to be more specific in determining what items are returned as part of a list. Users will find it easy to create a custom Collection that only includes archives that were created or downloaded within the last week. Also, custom Collections are not limited to archive files; they can include any file type. StuffIt Archive Manager can be used to group together all the files associated with a particular project so that they can be quickly archived.

StuffIt Archive Manager is tightly integrated with Apple's Spotlight search technology to ensure that Collections are dynamically updated. Files that have just been received or created are automatically added to the appropriate collection without any further user input.

StuffIt Archive Manager also allows users to preview JPEG images found in StuffIt archives. Users will be able to take greater advantage of our patent-pending JPEG compression technology which compresses files by up to 30% without compromising image quality.

StuffIt Deluxe offers many benefits: For example, the application greatly expands the Zip format support in the Mac OS X Finder. It also supports the creation of encrypted Zip archives and provides Mac users with the ability to open "strong encrypted" Windows Zip archives that originated on a PC. Furthermore, it enables users to add new content to an existing Zip file. The application's improved Zip compression technology permits users to create Zip archives that are smaller than those created by the Finder, while retaining full compatibility with all existing Zip applications on both Macs and Windows-based computers. StuffIt Deluxe even allows Spotlight to look inside Zip archives while searching for files.

"StuffIt Deluxe can serve as a 'Rosetta Stone' for Mac users," said Matthew Covington, Director of StuffIt Product Management. "StuffIt is able to seamlessly expand, decode and open data in virtually any format, including several increasingly-popular Zip encryption methods that the Finder doesn't support."

StuffIt Deluxe makes extensive use of the Spotlight search technology included in Mac OS X. Users can quickly view a list of archived items simply by viewing the "More Info" section of the Finder's "Get Info" tab. StuffIt's search feature now extends the range of Spotlight to include the ability to search for archived files that are stored "offline" on CDs, DVDs, or remote servers. The ability to search offline locations is enabled by the new "Archive Index" feature. Users will be able to create a StuffIt X (.sitx) archive to be stored offline and have the option to create an "Index" version of that archive at the same time. Acting as a proxy archive, an "Index Archive" contains a list of all the files and folders contained in its parent archive. At a fraction of the size of the full archive, the Index Archive can be stored on the user's local Mac even if the full version of the archive is moved to another storage drive. The full version of the archive is required only when the user needs to access files contained in the archive.

Key Features

  • Manage archives with StuffIt Archive Manager
  • Create StuffIt Collections
  • Create StuffIt, Zip, and TAR archives
  • Create encrypted StuffIt and Zip archives
  • Supports AES 256bit and RC4 512bit encryption within the StuffIt X file format
  • Opens Zip archives created with WinZip AES strong encryption
  • Expands over 20 different compressed, encoded, or archived file types
  • Browse the contents of StuffIt, Zip, TAR, and RAR archives
  • Change the contents of StuffIt and Zip archives
  • Compress JPEG images by up to 30% with no quality degradation
  • Create StuffIt, TAR, and Zip archives using Automator
  • Search StuffIt, Zip, TAR, and RAR archives using Spotlight
  • Create Index Archives that allow users to browse and search offline archives contents
  • Schedule file backups with StuffIt Archive Assistant™
  • Archive directly to CDs and DVDs
  • Automatically save new archives to a .Mac iDisk or an FTP server
  • Preview JPEG photos and images in StuffIt archives
  • Significant improvements to the multi-threading compression engine (including speed enhancements)
  • Now Universal Binary

Whether sending or receiving files, photos, or other information from a PC or a Mac, StuffIt provides a complete solution for accessing, organizing and archiving your data. From simple tasks to complex projects, StuffIt is your complete compression and archive solution.

Pricing, Availability and Requirements
The MSRP for StuffIt Deluxe 11.0 is $79.99. The application is available from Smith Micro and popular retailers, catalogs and distribution partners worldwide.

Registered users of any version of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard Edition can upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 11.0 for just $29.99. This upgrade offer is good until March 31, 2007. To upgrade, please visit: http://www.allume.com/store/upgrades.html.

System Requirements:
StuffIt Deluxe 11.0 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 complete line of software, 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 communications and utility software products for multiple OS platforms. The company designs 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 and image compression, digital image and music management. In addition, Smith Micro develops and publishes award-winning software solutions for Windows and Macintosh, empowering users in the areas of information access, removal, recovery, security, and Internet distribution. Smith Micro's leading brands are QuickLink®, StuffIt®, CheckIt®, Internet Cleanup™ and Spring Cleaning®. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through retail stores, Value-Added Resellers (VARs), Smith Micro's consumer, enterprise, wireless OEM sales groups and the company's websites. Smith Micro's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI.

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.

Smith Micro, the Smith Micro logo, StuffIt, StuffIt Expander, StuffIt Deluxe, StuffIt Standard Edition, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.

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