recommend zip/unzip program for new Mac user?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by basement zombie, May 30, 2009.

  1. basement zombie macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    New Mac user here (these forums helped me make a great, informed choice of my refurbished 2.66ghz iMac), and while the learning curve is significant, I'm loving it, and already realize its just what I've wanted in a computer experience all these years. :)

    I talked with someone recently who recommended I download Stuffit for zip/unzip purposes. I did a search here on the forums and noticed quite a few people expressing frustration with it, and suggestions of multiple programs for different people. I'm a very 'basic user.' I'd rather have one program that I go-to and use for these purposes.

    What free zip/unzip program do you recommend?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    OSX should compress and uncompress most things on the fly for you without Stuffit

    Right click a file (or control-click) and select: compress 'flle_name'
    Double clicking most .zip files should uncompress them as well

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. basement zombie thread starter macrumors member

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    Well heck...what's the point in downloading a 3rd party app, then?
    I must be missing something here - are the 3rd party apps much more useful in some way(s)?
     
  4. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    The main use of third party apps is for more obscure archive formats like .sit and .rar; OSX will handle .zip/.tar/.gr/.tgz/.bz/.tbz just fine.
     
  5. basement zombie thread starter macrumors member

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    It sounds like the Mac standard zip/unzip feature will work just fine for my use. If I run into a situation where its not enough, I'll check out the Unarchiver.

    Thanks, folks!
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    The Unarchvier is good, but Stuffit Expander supports the most formats, and can work with password protected archives.
     

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