In moving to version 6.0, the venerable StuffIt Deluxe compression and archiving package has received a significant update from Aladdin Systems. Most notable among the new features is ReturnReceipt, which enables the sender of a compressed attachment to be notified automatically via email when the recipient expands the attachment; we haven’t had a chance to test this yet, but it sounds promising for certain situations. Also new is the capability to search for items within StuffIt archives, support for additional file formats for compression and expansion, automatic update notification, and an option to recover damaged archives. It’s also worth noting that StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 uses the same StuffIt 5 file format. The application portions of StuffIt Deluxe work with Mac OS X Public Beta; unfortunately that’s not true of the extensions that rely on the classic Mac OS Finder, including Magic Menu, True Finder Integration, Aladdin StuffIt Browser, Archive Via Rename, and the StuffItCM contextual menu support. StuffIt Deluxe requires a PowerPC-based machine with Mac OS 8.1 or higher and 6 MB of available RAM. StuffIt Deluxe 6.0 costs $80; upgrades are $30 for owners of previous versions of the StuffIt line, and they’re free if you purchased StuffIt Deluxe 5.5 after 01-Oct-00.
Also released were DropStuff 6.0 and DropZip 6.0, upgrades to Aladdin’s $30 stand-alone dropbox utilities for creating StuffIt and Zip archives. Changes include tweaks for Mac OS X Public Beta compatibility and automatic notification of future updates. Upgrades from the previous version of DropStuff cost $15, and demos of both are available as 3.6 MB downloads.