Fast compression software

The Mercurian

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So I'm zipping up a 16GB folder in Finder and its taking an age. Quick look at Activity Monitor and sure enough Finder is only using one core to zip. Jesus wept. Can anyone suggest a reliable multicore (i.e. fast !) compression app and even better if has encryption options ?
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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I just compressed a 14+GB folder in just under 10 minutes using Finder. Is that what you consider "an age"? Or is it going much slower than that for you?
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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Try 7zip There's a link for OS X near the bottom of the page.

I use this for windows, its a really fast compression utility that typically performs better then many other products (better meaning faster and smaller files).
 
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