Aladdin releases StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 for OS X

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Aladdin Systems today released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, an update to its popular compression program. The new application includes many new features including some for Mac OS X.

StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 includes the new StuffIt Express Personal Edition, allowing users to create customized drop box applications that can be configured to automate their file compression and transfer tasks. Version 6.5 also offers smart expansion of Palm OS files, and DropTar (a drop box compression utility for Unix). Aladdin will also sell StuffIt Express Personal Edition as a standalone product.

"By providing users with the ability to customize and streamline their file compression and transfer tasks, StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 offers an 'all-in-one' solution for exchanging information with customers, co-workers and friends via the Internet or any network," said Peter Thomas, StuffIt group product manager.

Users of Mac OS X will also see the return of the Magic Menu on the top of the screen. Until now, Apple has reserved this space for their menus like AirPort, Sound and Battery -- the menus were demonstrated as part of OS X 10.1 at last summers Macworld Expo.

Other features of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 include StuffIt Browser, which allows file expansion, compression and access to choose from StuffIt, Bzip, Gzip or Unix compress archives from within the Finder Classic Os only); ArchiveSearch quickly locates files within StuffIt archives; Encrypt files to protect sensitive data; Compress or expand just by renaming a file; One-click Stuff and Mail; Create self-extracting archives that expand automatically, anywhere; Return Receipt notifies when archives are expanded; Magic Menu, which offers one-click access to popular StuffIt features in the Finder.

StuffIt Deluxe has a street price of US$79.95 and is available directly from Aladdin, all major retailers, and mail order catalogs in the US, Canada and worldwide. Registered owners of any previous version of StuffIt Deluxe, DropStuff or DropZip can upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 for $19.95, directly from Aladdin. The upgrade offer expires January 31, 2002. Retail, catalog and online dealers are offering $60 mail-in upgrade rebates and $25 new-user rebates. If you purchased StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 after August 19, 2001 and have a proof of purchase, you are entitled to a free downloadable upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 6.5.

StuffIt 6.5 requires a Power Macintosh with System 8.6 or higher (including Mac OS X) with 6MB of available RAM and 30MB available disk space.

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