Aladdin Systems has shipped StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, the latest version of the company’s venerable package of file compression, archiving, encoding, and manipulation utilities. One notable addition to StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 is StuffIt Express Personal Edition. Previously known as Aladdin Transporter, StuffIt Express is a file manipulation utility for creating drop box applications that perform multiple sequential actions on selected files. Drop boxes created with the Personal Edition can’t be distributed to people without StuffIt Express. For more information, see "Macworld SF 2001 Trend: Cool Utilities" in TidBITS 564. Other additions to StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 include Magic Menu for Mac OS X (providing access to many of StuffIt Deluxe’s features from a menu in the Finder); StuffIt Expander’s intelligent routing of Palm downloads (.prc and .pdb files) to a designated folder for uploading during the next HotSync; and a DropTar drop box utility for creating .tar, .sit, and .bzip archives. StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 costs $80 (though Aladdin has a special offer of $60 through 31-Dec-01) with upgrades at $20 for owners of any previous version of StuffIt Deluxe or (through 12-Oct-01) for owners of any other Aladdin product. System requirements include a PowerPC-based Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6 or higher with 6 MB of available RAM.
Aladdin has also updated the freeware StuffIt Expander, DropStuff, and DropZip utilities to version 6.5. Upgrades for each individual application are free, but Aladdin is now bundling all three (along with the new DropTar 6.5) in a single package called StuffIt Lite. Once you’ve downloaded the StuffIt Lite installer and run it, you end up with unregistered copies of DropStuff, DropZip, and DropTar, plus a copy of StuffIt Expander. From that point, if all you want is StuffIt Expander, just throw out the other three applications. If you’re upgrading one of the others, just launch it and enter your previous registration number when prompted. Otherwise, the three drop box applications will work unregistered for 15 days; to use them after that requires registration. DropStuff is $30 by itself, DropZip and DropTar are each $20, or the full StuffIt Lite package is $50 (to reiterate, StuffIt Expander is always free). System requirements for the StuffIt Lite bundle are a PowerPC-based Mac running Mac OS 8.1 or higher with 4 MB of available RAM. It’s a 6 MB download.