As reported by MacMinute:
Smith Micro announces acquisition of Allume Systems
July 5- Smith Micro Software today announced it has acquired Allume Systems, a provider of compression software solutions that enable compression, security and archiving of data including JPEG, MPEG and MP3 platforms. "The Company's pioneering product suite known as StuffIt(R) has been a de facto industry standard since 1986." According to the terms of the agreement, Smith Micro will pay US$11 million in cash and $1.75 million in Smith Micro shares to purchase all outstanding shares of Allume.
This is rather interesting news to me. Allume, as some of you may know, used to be Alladin Systems. They were sued over the name - eventhough they had held it for over 15 years.
From the history page:
July 26, 2004- Aladdin Systems, Inc. changes its name to Allume Systems, as a result of a lawsuit over the Aladdin name.
If you care to read, this is one of the most distorted histories I have ever read of a company. Different owners and product names are littered throughout the website. It is difficult to understand a coherent past of this company.
I have always despised the download process of Stuffit Expander. You have to navigate through pages, upon pages to get to the downloads where you are baraged with "other offers". Then, you must fill out a form where your personal information is collected, just to get an email sent to you with a special download code.
Stuffit has also been a major contributing factor to crashes and problems throughout Mac OS releases from 8.1 to 10.4.1. It's very frustrating to have a file not open and a message pop up saying that your version of Stuffit needs to be updated - because you know you have over 10 minutes worth of work ahead of you.
Before, Alladin became Allume, I had done a story about tricky opt out registrations and included this graphic:
Alladin, Allume, or whatever the next name they have may be is destined for obscurity. I was happy to see that Apple included their own compression into OSX that has helped to wean us all off of Stuffit.
I think this poorly run company, who regularly decieved it's users and distributed buggy software had this coming...