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Smith Micro Software Inc. announced Nov. 21 that it has launched its latest data compression software that will be able to reduce the size of joint photographic experts group (JPEG) and allow users to be productive in a variety of management tasks.

The data compression software developer out of Aliso Viejo, Calif. has released StuffIt Deluxe 9.5 for Windows, which will allow users to compress and send photos through email and schedule backups of recently updated files.

“StuffIt’s JPEG compression technology provides a new solution that offers smaller files without any penalty of reduced picture clarity,” Matthew Covington, Director of StuffIt Product line, said in a release.

Smith Micro’s newest data compression software will allow users to reduce the size of JPEG photos by up to 30% without a loss in image quality and will also give users the ability to reduce folders and files by up to 98% of their original size.

StuffIt 9.5 will also let users open encrypted Zip files using the 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES) while also providing users with improved speeds for creating and expanding Zip and StuffIt archives.

As part of its encryption abilities, StuffIt 9.5 has the ability to encrypt an entire archive requiring a password to open and navigate through its contents, which allows users to keep their data safe from transmission and media errors.

With StuffIt 9.5, users will be able to save, zip and send documents from various Microsoft platforms with a single click and they will also be able to setup backups to protect their data or hard disks.

Another feature of the Deluxe 9.5 is that it will be able to create a searchable index of any CD or DVD and can list all the files and contents of any archives stored on the disc. This feature will allow users to search CDs and DVDs even when the discs are not inserted in the computer.

Users will also be protected from hidden viruses in compressed, archived or encoded files as StuffIt supports anti-virus software such as McAfee and Norton Antivirus to make sure that files are protected when they are expanded.

“Whether you store data securely in space-saving archives or safely send it to your friends or co-workers, StuffIt makes it easier and faster to backup, upload files and protect you from hidden viruses in compressed, archived, or encoded files automatically,” Covington said.

The data compression software is available now for $39.95.