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Type of Program: Archive Compression
Supported Platforms: Win 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
Company Name: Aladdin Systems, Inc
Version: 7
Price: $29.95
Installed Size: 20.7Mb


Well the installation was a bit weird. Just after I double clicked the executable for the installation Zone Alarm popped open and asked if I wanted to allow Stuffit to access the internet. I of course said no. That installation failed then and there. Then I double clicked it again and the installation preceded in a sort of normal way. Except for when it got to the part about entering my serial number. It stated that if you don't have a serial number it would operate in "Demo" mode.

The next thing I noticed was that it placed it's icons on my desk top, without asking.

So how does it work? When you open the program Stuffit Expander that is on your desktop a window appears that in the middle says: "Drag and Drop Archives and Encoded Files here!". Sounds simple? Well it is. The default is to expand the files in the same location that the original came from. At first I thought that might mean trouble since the zip file that I dragged and dropped was in my C:\Download directory. What it did was to create a new directory named after the file that I wanted "expanded" and put the files in there. Not too bad. Strangely enough though it made all of the expanded files UPPERCASE.

Now this program works on a bit of a different philosophy than other archive/compression tools. It uses different programs to do expansion and compression.

It put the Stuffit Expander and the DropStuff program on my desktop, to compress files I opened DropStuff, it has two side by side windows one for dropping files you want to Zip and another for files that you want to Stuff. (In case you didn't know Stuff is the default compression for Mac. So if you want to exchange compressed files with a Mac person, this really a handy program to have.

Also when I opened the DropStuff program for the first time I got a nag screen that told me I had a 30 day trial period. No nag screen the second time. Nice.

OK lets get down to it. Is this program worthwhile? The answer is a resounding YES! Here is my reasoning. First of all under the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid)how much simpler can it be to drag and drop files onto a window when you want them compressed or expanded? Not much.

The program comes with the following programs Drop Stuff, Stuffit Browser, Stuffit Expander,Stuffit Express and Archive Search.

When I tried the Archive search program it crashed though. (ARCHIVESEARCH caused an invalid page fault in
module CDFVIEW.DLL at 0177:0188a07d.) That may have to do with the fact that I am using 3 drives with probably around 500-1000 compressed files on it.

The Stuffit Express program is a utility that allows you to create drop box applications that can automate virtually any file transfer or compression task. Well thats what it says anyway.

Here is more of what the Help file says:
StuffIt Express is a new productivity tool that allows you to automate virtually any file compression and transfer task. Using StuffIt Express, you can create custom drop boxes that automatically run a series of file related tasks that you specify. For example, you could use StuffIt Express to create a drop box that compresses a file, uploads it to a password protected FTP server, and then sends out an e-mail notifying people that a new version of the file has been posted. A StuffIt Express created drop box will allow you to do all of this, simply by dragging the file you want to upload onto a desktop icon. StuffIt Express requires no knowledge of code or scripting, and with its easy-to-use Wizards you'll be creating custom drop box applications within minutes of installing the software!

Using different actions, or steps, StuffIt Express allows you to create custom drop box applications that can automate virtually any file transfer task. The available steps include file compression, ftp, web, and e-mail transfers. By combining these various actions, jobs that previously required multiple steps in several applications can be accomplished with a single drag and drop action. 

Pretty Powerful is what I have to say! And very impressive!

In conclusion if you are shopping for an arhive/compression program that does the most and is is user freindly StuffIt is defiinetly at the top of the pack!

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Reviewed by Mango Bob

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