StuffIt Expander 4.5 Withdrawn — Aladdin Systems has temporarily withdrawn StuffIt Expander 4.5 (the essential file-decompression utility) from distribution due to confusion over the version of the StuffIt Engine it requires. Version 4.5, released briefly last week, adds support for ShrinkWrap 3.0 disk images and files encrypted with Aladdin’s Private File. The freeware StuffIt Expander has long used the StuffIt Engine, which comes with the commercial StuffIt Deluxe or the shareware DropStuff with Expander Enhancer, to improve performance and extend functionality with additional translators. Without the StuffIt Engine installed, StuffIt Expander can decode only StuffIt, Compact Pro, BinHex, and MacBinary formats. StuffIt Expander 4.5 works only with version 4.5 of the StuffIt Engine; however, that version is currently available only in StuffIt Deluxe 4.5.
If you already downloaded StuffIt Expander 4.5, don’t worry: there’s no fatal bug that will damage data. However, you will see an error dialog if you use it with a previous version of the StuffIt Engine; you can eliminate the dialog by removing the StuffIt Engine from your Extensions folder. If you need to use StuffIt Expander with the StuffIt Engine you can wait until Aladdin releases DropStuff 4.5, upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 4.5, or revert to StuffIt Expander 4.0. [ACE]