Best Compression Tool?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fjckls, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. fjckls macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    Im using at the moment stuffit, but Im not really satisfied with it, coz it doesnt compress files small enough (zip in particular) - there's just that slider (in zip options), which doesnt really work for me.
    Have any other ideas? I need app that can compress and reduce zip file size.


  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It depends on what kind of files you're trying to compress. Some files (text, docs, etc.) compress a lot. Others, such as music and video files, not so much. Another compression app won't change that.
  3. justin.jett macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2008
    Try compressing in a SITX instead of a zip

    Since you are using Stuffit you can compress your files into a .sitx folder which is much better than a .zip. I was able to compress a 200MB folder, filled with images and video, into a 125MB folder when compressing to sitx but with zip I could only compress to 178. The new version of stuffit (stuffit deluxe 2009) has even better compression algorithms.
    If you are using Stuffit 12 you may want to think about upgrading to 2009.

  4. fjckls thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    thnx guys for info......... I'm zippin avi, mp4 movie files and yes noticed that they dont compress as small as other types of files.

    getting stuffit 2009 13

  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Those files are already compressed. There is not much any software can do. The current best readily available compression algorithm is "bzip".

    I think Macs ship with bzip already installed. Could be wrong. Anyways it's free at the abouve URL.

    But in any case if you are compressing those kinds of files the difference between the good and great compression software is only a few bytes
  6. fjckls thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2008
    cheers dudes, got it!

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