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StuffIt Expander 3.5 - Press Release, June 1994

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ALADDIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADE OF STUFFIT EXPANDER

Watsonville, CA (June 16, 1994) -- Aladdin Systems today announced StuffIt
Expander(tm) 3.5, a major upgrade to the company's award-winning freeware
product which gives Apple Macintosh users an easy way to expand compressed
files downloaded from online services. StuffIt Expander has millions of
users, since it is freely distributed and is easy to use with its
drag-and-drop functionality. Enhancements to StuffIt Expander include
improved preferences and support for "Expander Enhancer(tm)" which offers
Power Macintosh support and the ability to expand many more compression
formats, including every leading Macintosh, PC, and Internet compression
format.

StuffIt Expander 3.5 expands files from the most popular archive-based
compression formats found on the Macintosh: StuffIt(tm) and Compact
Pro(tm). StuffIt Expander will also expand files which have been "encoded"
in BinHex and MacBinary formats, such as those commonly found on the
Internet. A user can also configure StuffIt Expander to perform periodic
checks on the contents of a specified folder (called a "Watch Folder"),
and to expand any new files that it finds. Therefore, a user can set
StuffIt Expander to expand groups of files in the background while others
are being downloaded.

"Aladdin is proud that StuffIt Expander is the definitive expansion
utility for the Macintosh," says David Schargel, President of Aladdin.
"The newest version incorporates feedback from hundreds of current users.
Since StuffIt is an industry standard, we feel that StuffIt Expander is
one of our most important products -- even if it's free!"

With version 3.5, StuffIt Expander's capabilities are enhanced when used
in conjunction with "DropStuff with Expander Enhancer(tm)," a new
shareware product available from Aladdin.  When a user installs both
StuffIt Expander and DropStuff with Expander Enhancer, StuffIt Expander
will expand files at dramatically accelerated speeds on Power Macintosh
computers (a sample StuffIt archive UnStuffs more than five times faster
on a Power Macintosh 6100/60 than on a Macintosh IIci). StuffIt Expander
also gains the ability to expand files compressed on non-Macintosh
platforms, such as IBM-PCs and Unix systems. These formats include StuffIt
(.sit), Compact Pro (.cpt), AppleLink (.pkg), ZIP (.zip), ARC (.arc), gzip
(.gz), Unix Compress (.Z), UUencode (.uu), BinHex (.hqx), and MacBinary
(.bin). StuffIt Expander will also expand files compressed with StuffIt
SpaceSaver(tm), Aladdin's on-the-fly transparent compression software and
will also join files that were segmented with another StuffIt product,
such as StuffIt Deluxe(tm).

DropStuff with Expander Enhancer will also empower a large number of
third-party products with the ability of Stuffing and UnStuffing. Third
party products which support the StuffIt family of products include many
leading networking, communications, database, and utility products.

StuffIt Expander 3.5 is expected to ship in early July. StuffIt Expander
is primarily distributed through online information services, bulletin
board systems, the Internet, user groups, and freeware/shareware
collections. All Aladdin freeware and shareware software is available from
the various Aladdin online forums, including CompuServe, America Online,
AppleLink, and the Internet. Members of the press, user group ambassadors
and disk librarians, and online sysops should obtain and return a
"Press/MUG/Sysop Request Form" in order to receive the software directly
from Aladdin Systems.

Founded in 1988, Aladdin Systems, Inc. is credited with creating the
compression standard for applications and communications for the Macintosh
platform. The company's product line includes StuffIt Deluxe and StuffIt
SpaceSaver, award-winning products which offer comprehensive solutions for
compression, translation, and archiving. Aladdin's developer tool, StuffIt
InstallerMaker(tm), is the installer of choice for leading software
developers, network administrators, and MIS directors. Aladdin recently
branched out into the telecommunications arena with the introduction of
SITcomm(tm), which was a finalist for the 1993 MacUser Editors' Choice
Award for Best Communications Product only three weeks after its debut.

Aladdin is one of the few remaining pioneers committed to the shareware
and freeware philosophy of software distribution and marketing. Their
commitment has helped garner millions of users worldwide. In addition,
over 1000 software developers such as Microsoft, Claris, and Apple have
licensed Aladdin's data compression and installation technology.

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StuffIt, StuffIt Deluxe, StuffIt SpaceSaver, StuffIt Expander, StuffIt
InstallerMaker, SITcomm, and DropStuff with Expander Enhancer are
trademarks of Aladdin Systems, Inc. All other products and brands are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. 


For more information, contact:
Aladdin Systems, Inc.
165 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
ph. 408/761-6200 
fax 408/761-6206
America Online/AppleLink: ALADDIN
CompuServe: 75300,1666
eWorld/GEnie: AladdinSys
Internet: [email protected]