Compress Files Software

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by colorog, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. colorog macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone recommend a good Compress Files software to compress PDF files, etc.?

    For Mac OS 10.5 system.

    Thanks
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Right-click the files and choose Compress ...
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Spot on. That creates a .zip archive.

    Stuffit can create a few different kinds of archive and works well. Not really needed though, unless you need the extra formats (.sit, .gzip, etc.)
     
  4. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

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    A Mac comes with a number of ways to compress a file. You can use zip very easily, you can pop open a command line prompt and use tar and bzip2 for very good compression.

    I use a third party utility, StuffIt. Mainly because it offers a couple niceties for long term storage of archives. First, is the fact that it can store error correction data with the archive. This means that if something flips a couple bits somewhere in the file, there is an excellent chance of no damage happening to the contents, unless the damage is more than what the error correction can fix. It also has decent encryption.
     

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