StuffIt Deluxe 6.0

Aladdin Systems’ venerable compression utility, StuffIt Deluxe, celebrates turning 6.0 with a redesigned interface, compatibility with the Mac OS X public beta, and a handful of new features. But although we’re pleased with the update’s ability to run under OS X, it’s only a first step. The desktop-based features – such as the ability to compress and expand files by appending or deleting filename suffixes – aren’t available under OS X. To realize StuffIt Deluxe 6.0’s greatest benefits, you must run it under the Classic environment. When doing so, you’ll probably encounter StuffIt’s most visible new features: Return Receipt and ArchiveSearch. Return Receipt lets you tag an archive so that anyone who opens it with version 6.0 of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Expander will be prompted to email you an acknowledgement. ArchiveSearch searches for files within archives. Under OS X, however, ArchiveSearch failed to find a number of archived PICT files on our test drive. Macworld’s buying advice StuffIt Deluxe remains a capable and full-featured compression utility. Although its new features are intriguing, we’re far more interested in seeing StuffIt’s best elements brought to Mac OS X.

OUR VERDICT

StuffIt Deluxe remains a capable and full-featured compression utility. Although its new features are intriguing, we’re far more interested in seeing StuffIt’s best elements brought to Mac OS X.

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