Cannot find any free and good unarchiver for zip, rar, tar, bz2, gz, ace, z7, sit?!

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  1. ionas macrumors regular

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    Cannot find any free and good unarchiver for zip, rar, tar, bz2, gz, ace, z7, sit?!
    (further compression formats would be great, but this is mainly what i need)
    any ideas?
     
  2. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    What’s wrong with Stuffit Expander?

    Edit: OK, it can’t do .ace. But there are some apps for this, e.g. iUnacer.
     
  3. ionas thread starter macrumors regular

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    stuffit

    first of all i dont know but i guess i cannot use it to compress stuff in formats like zip and rar.
    2nd i cannot view archives before i unzip tzem
    3rd it isnt the best app genreally.
     
  4. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    AFAIK, it can do zip and rar (though not all). But zip extraction is built-in in Panther and for rar I either use MacPar Deluxe or Gumby.

    I don't know of any app that is as powerful as Stuffit, but perhaps someone else does.

    I never understood why it is so important to look into a zip archive before decompressing, but ok. I don't know an app, that can do this though.
     
  5. dragula53 macrumors regular

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    me

    I use stuffit, and unrarX

    I haven't run into anything I can't decompress.
     
  6. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    I use the command line:
    tar -xvf for tar
    tar -zxvf for gz
    unzip for zip

    Lee Tom
     
  7. musicpyrite macrumors 68000

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    I prefer to use gzip.

    Code:
    gzip -c9 ~/directory/directory/directory/ > ~/desktop/compressed\ gzip\ file.gz

    For all my compression stuff, I just use the built in one. File>Create Archive.
     
  8. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    I am confused...you say "unarchiver" in this post, but later you say "I can not use it to compress stuff..."

    Do you want to just decompress stuff or both compress and decompress? Those are two very different animals and to compress stuff sometimes means paying for a program to do so.

    Stuff it is great and free to decompress, but I think they charge for compressing using stuff it...works sort of like Acrobat...the "reader" is free and usually built in now a days, but the "writer" is the one they make money off of.
     
  9. cyks macrumors 68020

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    So a bunch of 7z files were just dropped in my lap... what's the program of choice- or any program that can unstuff them? Anyone know of any?
    ..or am I just missing something obvious (wouldn't be the first time).
     
  10. kewpid macrumors regular

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    http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
     
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    They only charge for the Deluxe version, which is pretty good. It adds a contextual menu add-on for the Finder, which lets you preview, compress, uncompress, and do a bunch of other stuff. I've heard that the new version (9) doesn't hog the Finder all to itself too ;) You can compress with Stuffit Standard, which comes with Expander, DropStuff, DropZip, and DropTar.
     
  12. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Well, yes... thank you Kewpid, now does anyone know of a Mac based solution (other then going through VirtualPC)
     

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