Hey is there any program to buy or get for Mac to zip stuff?

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  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys, I have a classmate who just bought a brandnew macbook with stuffit but can't figure out how to "zip" and compress files. Any advice?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    OS X has a built-in app that handles a lot of zipping functions. Just right click on any file or folder and choose "Create Archive of..." from the contextual menu. It will generate a .zip file.
     
  3. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    It is built in. Control-click on something and choose 'archive'.
     
  4. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sweet thanks. It created the zip but the size is exactly the same. How does one compress it to a smaller sized zip?
     
  5. 840quadra Moderator

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    Some file types will not compress down, as they are already compressed within. A good example of this would be some image formats, and video formats that are lossy to begin with.

    What kind of file are you trying to compress ?
     
  6. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LOL you called me on it. I tried to compress an image like you said. Thanks fo all the help!
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    The size of the zip depends on the files being zipped. Something like an MP3 won't compress much, if at all, because it's already compressed.

    For a comparison of file archivers, see this link for OS X compatible apps. (Note that the built-in OS X archiver is BOMArchiveHelper.)
     
  8. 840quadra Moderator

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    No problem :)
     
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    You might also want to check out UnRarX and also StuffIT Deluxe.
     
  10. emw macrumors G4

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    As a note, at least as far as I know, the built-in OS X ZIP application won't allow advanced options like password protecting or splitting archives. Still, I use it all the time.
     
  11. IscariotJ macrumors 6502a

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    There's always the *nix tools, if you're feeling brave ( bzip2, zip, tar/gzip ) for compression, and split for, well, splitting zip files :). They're all platform independant, too. Winzip will quite merrily handle tar.gz files.

    Open up a Terminal, away you go.
     
  12. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a

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    LEOPARD SECRET FEATURE!

    password protected zips! i knew it! :)
     
  13. psychofreak Retired

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    Sure you knew it...
     
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Yes. In the Finder, go to the "Help" menu, into "Mac Help", then type in "zip".
     

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