While utilities that compress files are now bundled with just about every application imaginable, the two classic applications still remain WinZip (now owned by Corel) and StuffIt. Stuffit Deluxe 11.0 is probably less familiar to Windows users, but was for a long time the standard zip utility for the Apple Mac.

Of course, as straightforward compression features are now built-in to Windows, the question remains as to why anyone would pay money for an extra utility. Has not the rise of huge hard drives and broadband compromised one of the main reasons for these applications? At £30, why would anyone buy Stuffit Deluxe 11.0?

Is there any point?

Stuffit Deluxe 11.0 promises – and in some cases delivers – better compression for file formats such as Jpeg and MP3, which are already highly packed file formats. The actual amount of compression is typically rather small (generally between 2 and 5 percent). Stuffit Deluxe 11.0, however, handles huge file compressions better than the standard Windows zip utility.

Stuffit Deluxe 11.0 can compress a slightly wider range of file types than this utility, and is the only program that can compress Office 2007 files.