StuffIt Deluxe is an extremely popular online file and task creation utility developed by Smith Micro Inc. It was initially developed only for Macintosh computers, however, and is now available for Windows as well. Much like iTunes, StuffIt allows users to easily create, manage and organize digital files such as music, movies and photographs.
Like iTunes, StuffIt can be used to control the speed of downloads on your iPod or iPhone using a compression format that's compatible with the Macbook, iPod Touch and iPhone. However, unlike iTunes, the StuffIt software does not require any downloads on your computer before you can use it. Instead, once you've installed the software on your computer, you simply choose a destination for the files you want to compress - whether it's a Windows CD, a MAC Flash Drive, an iPod/iPhone or some other device - and begin compressing files as you go.
Compression is accomplished through the use of a variety of StuffIt Deluxe tools including the StuffIt Revolver, the StuffIt Splitter and the StuffIt Express. The StuffIt Deluxe tools allow you to choose various compression formats for your files, which are compressed by StuffIt itself. These formats include the zipped, uncompressed and the encrypted formats. Compression takes longer when done using the uncompressed option, but not nearly as long as it would take with the zipped and encrypted options. When you're finished, you'll find that your computer's speed is much faster. You will also notice that you have a lot more hard drive space - roughly 4 times as much, in fact, than what you would have without the StuffIt program.