Stuffit alternative

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by goomba, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. goomba macrumors member

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    Am I forced to install Stuffit Expander to extract sit files? I hate how that buggy app hijacks the much better OS X compression tools when I only need it for the rare .sit files I still run across. Luckily, this is becoming less of a problem since Apple stopped bundling Stuffit, but some developers (COUGHMICROSOFTCOUGH) still haven't gotten the message.

    So is there another program out there?
     
  2. daze macrumors 6502

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    I hear you. I use PathFinder which has built-in support for StuffIt archives. But that's not a free tool... Can't think of a better alternative at this time.
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Exactly what are the bugs that you have identified in Stuffit Expander, in which version(s), on which OS?
     
  4. goomba thread starter macrumors member

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    It associates itself with many filetypes that I don't need it for, and there appears to be no way to change this. It gives buggy readings for estimated extraction time, it crashes when trying to unextract certain zip/rar archives. (This is with versions 10.0-10.0.2 on 10.4.6).

    I also don't like how Allume forces me to sign up for an email list simply to download the program!
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Unfortunately, Stuffit compression is proprietary to Allume, so there isn't any alternative unstuffit apps out there.
     
  6. goomba thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the link, solaris. :cool:

    10.1b is many steps in the right direction. Universal binary, no more carbon installer, and a very simple interface. And it can configure file associations! Hopefully this will be the end of my Stuffit problems.
     
  7. goomba thread starter macrumors member

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    Nevermind. Once again Stuffit has taken upon itself to handle all my zip/tar files, and there seems no way of changing this. Time to uninstall again. :confused:
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    tarballs probably.. zip.. no, I don't think so.

    You should be able to re-associate zip file with BOMArchiveHelper (/System/Library/CoreServices/BOMArchiveHelper.app).

    Select a zip, Get Info, Open With, Select BomArchiveHelper, click Change All button.
     
  9. amin macrumors 6502a

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    I too would like an alternative to Stuffit for opening sit and sitx files. The are many reports of Stuffit causing instability (see Google), and I don't like the fact that Stuffit installs a kext. Little Snich identifies Stuffit as a threat every time I restart my Powerbook.
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Unfortunately, 99.999% chance that there never will be one.
     
  11. nich macrumors newbie

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    hahahha. if you can install osx on non-apple machines, you can do anything.

    try a google search:) i like The Unarchiver as it is a good replacement for the BOM Archive Helper.
     
  12. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmm I had never heard of The Unarchiver before. I've been using UnRARX for .rars, BOM Archiver for zips and stuffit for the odd file. Thanks!
     
  13. nich macrumors newbie

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    seriously though, mac software is millions times easier to find than on other platforms.
    all i did was go to macupdate.com, search for stuffit, look at the results. really, really easy. i find it odd when i read forum queries like this.
    and an extra tip, don't take notice of user comments on macupdate, versiontracker.com, etc. unless of course, they provide solutions to problems.

    on a side note, if you can, request stuffit archives to be recompressed in a non proprietary format. let's kill stuffit once and for all.
     
  14. daze macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely correct. Mac applications are easier to find, update and install!

    StuffIt should die. There are tons of better compression formats that work across platforms.
     
  15. Angsty macrumors member

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    Thank You!! I have been pulling my hair out in frustration with Stuffit insisting on associating a .sit file with Word!! :(

    All fixed now :)
     

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