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PRESS RELEASE: New Stuffit Deluxe Features Breakthrough Compression of MP3 Files, PDFs And High Quality Images

StuffIt Deluxe 12 for Mac Features New Advances in Compression for Graphics and Popular Office Document Files

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Oct. 10 -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. Consumer and Compression Group today announced the launch of StuffIt Deluxe 12.0, the latest update of its award winning Mac compression and file management utility. Building on its heritage of developing state-of-the-art file compression technology, Smith Micro's new version of StuffIt includes an advanced new compression engine that makes the StuffIt X file format more efficient than ever when compressing MP3 files, high quality images and most popular office document file types.

With audio files consuming more and more storage space, the new version of StuffIt helps to solve the storage crunch by supporting the ability to shrink a wide range of multi-media file types, including MP3 audio files, without any reduction in audio quality. StuffIt Deluxe 12.0 now offers a highly efficient 24-bit image compression engine that compresses full quality images such as TIFF files and is designed to compress Bitmap and PNG formats without reducing image quality. The expanded images become pixel perfect replicas of the original file.

StuffIt's new compression engine also includes optimized compression of popular office document file types, including the new formats created by Office 2007 and Apple's iWork office suite. Within the iWork office suite, StuffIt Deluxe's compression engine can compress any image or sound clip embedded within a Pages, Numbers or KeyNote document.

In addition to compressing a wide range of file formats for data archiving, StuffIt Deluxe allows users to schedule automatic file backups that are burned to CDs and DVDs directly from the StuffIt Archive Manager application. With StuffIt's new built-in compression, backups require fewer disks and the software even re-compresses Zip archives that are encountered during a backup.

"The introduction of so many new compression features makes this release one of the most important upgrades in the long history of StuffIt," said Matthew Covington, Director of Compression Solutions, Smith Micro Software. "Building on the success of our unique JPEG compression technology, the improvements made when compressing MP3, advanced graphic and popular office document files firmly cement StuffIt as the best compression solution available on any platform."

Whether sending or receiving files, photos or other information from a PC or a Mac, StuffIt Deluxe 12.0 provides a complete solution for accessing organizing and archiving data. New features include enhanced file management capabilities for quality compression and expansion, faster and easier data transfers, automatic file security and backups and seamless integration.


StuffIt Deluxe 12.0 new features include:

• Compress MP3

• Compress PDF, TIFF, PNG, GIF ,BMP

• Optimized PDF compressors

• Patented 24-bit image compression

• Re-compress Zip archives

• Ability to view thumbnails of archived images

Version 12.0 also features:

• Ability to compress JPEG photos up to 30 percent

• StuffIt 12.0 is fully compatible with Windows archives

• Ability to create self-extracting archives

• Expand files with a single keystroke

• Ability to create StuffIt, Zip and TAR archives

• Allows users to browse archives without expanding

• Allows users to add, delete and change files in archives

• Includes search feature that allows archives by name, date and more

• Gives users the ability to burn archives to multiple CDs and DVDs

• StuffIt 12.0 saves searches with StuffIt Collections

• Ability to expand over 20 compression formats

Pricing, Availability and Requirements

The MSRP for StuffIt Deluxe 12.0 is $79.99. The application is available at the Smith Micro web store or at http://www.stuffit.com/mac/deluxe, popular retailers, catalogs and distribution partners worldwide.

Registered users of any version of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard Edition can upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 12.0 for just $29.99. This upgrade offer is good until April 30, 2008. To upgrade, please visit: http://www.stuffit.com.

System requirements are Mac OS 10.4 or higher.

To learn more about StuffIt and our complete line of software, visit: http://www.stuffit.com or http://www.smithmicro.com.

(First posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 11:39 EDT)

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