Stuffit Expander & Zip files ??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by fab5freddy, May 13, 2007.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    #1
    I just have a simple question:

    Is Stuffit Expander the Mac Equivalant of WinZip (for windows)

    and is Stuffit Expander the only Mac UnZipper ?

    cheers
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    no no no no no.
    stuffit expander is awful.

    try something like http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

    also, there's a built in archiver/unarchiver in macosx that should work for very common and common-to-*nix archive formats (zip, tar, gz...)
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Stuffit Expander is one of many un-archivers. And not even a good one. I only keep it around for those rare occasions where a sit file is the only available choice...

    For regular zip files just use OS X' built-in BOMArchiveHelper.app (should be a choice if you right/ctrl-click a zip or tgz file, and you can hold down the option (alt) key to get the Always Open With... option, or you could use the Info window, i.e. mark a zip file and hit cmd-I and use the Open With option and Change All button there), and for rar files I like UnRarX.

    ...then there's always the Terminal... ;)
     
  4. squirrelbait macrumors newbie

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    unrarx works for me - i find stuffit struggles with a lot of rar files.
     
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I'd definitely use The Unarchiver over StuffIt anyday. Unless you have an express need for the .sitx format, TU wins every time, IMO.
     
  6. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote here for The Unarchiver. You can't even download StuffIt Expander without giving those jerks your email address. Of course when you give them your email address you automatically sign up for their spam email.

    StuffIt can go stuff it as far as I'm concerned.

    The Unarchiver is free and open source.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Stuffit Expander can expland most archive formats. WinZip is designed to handle Zip archives.
    Most definitely not. First off, Stuffit Expander handles many archive formats, not just .zip. It's primary format is Stuffit's own .sit and .sitx formats. MacOS X has the built-in BOMArchive Helper to unZip .zip archives. As others have mentioned, The Unarchiver is available. Like Stuffit Expander, it handles multiple archive formats. For more than a decade, shareware utility ZipIt has been available for Mac users who want to create and decompress .zip archives.
     

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