There are a handful of Macintosh utilities without which we simply cannot function, and this week Aladdin Systems upgraded one of the most-used of the bunch: StuffIt Expander. Version 4.5 of the essential file-decompression utility adds support for ShrinkWrap 3.0 disk images and files encrypted with Aladdin’s Private File. StuffIt Expander can decompress nearly any compression format, making it invaluable for anyone downloading files from the Internet or exchanging files with colleagues. In the new version, dropping a ShrinkWrap disk image onto StuffIt Expander will mount the disk on your desktop. Private File (.pf) files dropped onto Expander’s icon will prompt you for the file’s password, then decrypt and decompress their contents. StuffIt Expander is a 272K (BinHex) or 200K (MacBinary) download from Aladdin’s Web site.
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