Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Alladin / Allume Can Take Their Software And Stuff It!

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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...

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

They were a company with one and only one good idea. And that doesn't take you all that far. All the other stuff they did-- trying to "integrate Stuff-it" more with the Finder; Spring Cleaning; their Palm Apps-- all were an effort to get around the fact that they had one good idea. They should have never incorporated and just stayed as a small shareware entity.

fixyourthinking said...

I agree completely. Another business plan might have been to sell out to another company (I mean a long time ago)

Anonymous said...

Well, I find stuffit indispensible...how else would I uncompress .rar files or any other files apart from zip which is built-in into OS X

fixyourthinking said...

osX Disk utility decompresses most everything BUT stuffit. I agree that Stuffit does a decent job - but just google to see all the problems it has caused - AllWhatever has been VERY slow to address problems - some of them have been severe.

I'm more in conflict with their marketing and distribution model than anything.

Anonymous said...

This company disgusts me. They mostly offer bundles of software from other developers. But what really disgusts me is their "Internet Cleanup" program that says it will "Protect your Privacy." There's nothing like trying to sell on fear. Macs don't have spyware or adware. Trying to sell someone something based on an issue from the Windows side of computing is a complete ripoff and disgrace to the mac developers and publishers out there.

Anonymous said...

I think they always operated in the shadow of a really cool company - Connectix - one that came up with a cool product at around the same time they started up, but unlike Connectix, they could never be as innovative or imaginative to think of other cool products. While Connectix made a big bang by selling off their technology to first Sony, then Logitech, then Microsoft, and then retiring from the software biz while on top, they instead slowly eroded into oblivion.