What is better? Stuffit Expander or Unarchiver?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by matrix07, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...both are free and both do pretty much the same job. It really comes down to preference. Seeing as they are both free - why not just try both and decide for yourself which you like best...oh yeah!
     
  2. MisterMe, Dec 23, 2011
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    I totally agree with the Duff-Man. Stuffit Expander and the Unarchiver coexist nicely under MacOS X. There is no need to make a choice.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  4. matrix07, Dec 24, 2011
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    matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    well well well this is surprising. Normally people here always have his/her preference. MBA>MBP. iPad>MBA. iWorks>MS Office etc. etc.
    This must be the first. :p

    (I have both. I think unarchiver is quite good but I'm curious to see what is the most favorite among Mac fans. For example, in my Windows machine WinRAR and 7Zip are tied as the most favorite beating everything else hands down.)
     
  5. Jollocks macrumors newbie

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    To be honest, like Duff-Man Said, both are free. Why not try both and see for yourself which one you like better. While both applications achieve the same outcome, and both are free, my deciding factor would be the interface, and ease-of-use, while I may prefer one interface, you may prefer the other. It's all down to your preference, and which you like better, try them both out, and see which you (Personally) like better.

    Joel
     
  6. TT1TT macrumors newbie

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    Dude Please try this and you will like it as i liked it , I am 100% sure !!

    it support all what you are looking for even 7z

    http://www.mediafire.com/?8mk8kp7wc3325ic

    Keka is a free file archiver for Mac OS X

    the main compression core is p7zip (7-zip port)

    Compression formats supported:
    7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2

    Extraction formats supported:
    RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC)
     
  7. matrix07, Dec 24, 2011
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    matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Can it make multiple archives from a single file?
     
  8. TT1TT macrumors newbie

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    yes :D
     
  9. durruti macrumors regular

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    Unarchiver

    Unarchiver. It's open source. I don't know about the current Stuffit, but I remember the older version of it used too much system resources for my liking.

    Also, Unarchiver is a smaller, compact, package, I believe.
     
  10. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    ftw! :D

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    Yup. What I like most about Unarchiver is you don't have to open the app. Just click on an archive and it'll extract automatically to the desktop. Not a single question asked. The simplest process I ever found.
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Oh, for Heaven's Sakes. Your are not running a Mac Plus. Also, these utilities run for a few seconds to decompress a small number of files. They are not rendering 3-D animation.
     
  12. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    TT1TT, thank you! Your Keka is awesome. I yet to extract archive with it but I use it to split large file to write to DVD and CD and it's so easy. In fact, it's much easier than WinRAR on Windows.
     
  13. Mal macrumors 603

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    What a ridiculous, condescending reply! Not all of us are willing to use something that consumes more resources simply because we can potentially afford to. While doing multiple tasks, I'm perfectly capable of maxing out my computer's processor and RAM usage. I usually just use the built-in Archive Utility, but for anything it doesn't handle, I use The Unarchiver because it does use less resources than Stuffit Expander. When I'm working with other tasks at the same time, it's quite noticeable.

    jW
     
  14. hindmost macrumors regular

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    Me? I use StuffIt Expander for sentimental reasons. Back in the mid-1980's a young Asian American school boy invented StuffIt as 'shareware'. Nobody else supported the early Mac platform and most of us back then went with this kid's product. Well...he sold rights and it's changed hands lots of times since...but it still exists. The need for compressing and expanding is pretty much gone now (I mean we're not using 500 baud modems anymore and 20Mg hard drives were considered huge) but keeping StuffIt Expander around is somehow reassuring....like having a treasured bottle of cognac on the shelf.
     
  15. xizar macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing you've never actually been on the Internet... Almost everything is compressed to some level.
    PNG, JPG, h.264, MP3...

    Perhaps the only thing not compressed as it's sent through the aether is text, which gets expanded into 1s and 0s.

    The size of content has increased faster than the bandwidth available to consume it. (People will, of course, disagree... And they, of course, have never seen the word "buffering".)

    The need for compression is as great today as ever, and will always be necessary.

    @OriginalPoster:
    I like The Unarchiver and Keka. Both are good.

    Stuffit? Not so much.
     
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Not running Stuffit Expander under MacOS X, you aren't:rolleyes:
     
  17. matrix07 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I agree completely. In 54K age we uploaded only small JPEG file. Now it's PNG from DSLR which is huge.
     
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  19. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I prefer the Unarchiver. They both do the same thing, but StuffIt has a silly interface.
     
  20. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Unarchiver

    Stuffit used to be the standard archive file format on Macs before OSX. As a format it's closed and a PITA... it needs to die, and the fewer people who use Stuffit, the better.
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What interface? I never see an interface. I double-click a compressed file and it uncompresses it. It pops up a very small icon during the process to let me know it's running, but nothing else.
    I've never encountered a .sit file. I use StuffIt Expander to uncompress .zip and .rar files, and it works without a hitch.

    I don't have any allegiance to any app, but I'm still waiting for any logical reason not to use StuffIt Expander in favor of another app, for uncompressing .zip and .rar files. I haven't heard one yet. In real-world use, I've never encountered any limitation or inconvenience. The only arguments I've heard appear to stem from personal preference, rather than a difference in capabilities.
     
  22. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I was on about this stupid thing that pops up whenever you're uncompressing a files. Not a major deal, but it does look daft compared to Unarchiver.

    [​IMG]
     
  23. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    .sit was the standard archive pre OSX. I have tons of .sit files lying around still.
    I really should have gone thru all my old pre OSX stuff and unpack and sort it.

    Hehe, why did we even need compression before, I guess all my files from 1990 to 2000 can be stored on one single thumb drive!

    I use Unarchiever, mainly because I at some point had issues with StuffIt and 7zip files (I'm pretty sure they've fixed it by now) and just stuck with it.

    On the other hand I do have StuffIt on all my machines, I just don't use it much.
     
  24. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Newb.

    At their 'peak', Aladdin were the 'realnetworks' of file compression. Their .sit format was pervasive, and they leveraged this dominance to increase their market share - collecting email addresses if you wanted their expander, and charging unreasonable upgrade prices for minimal yearly upgrades to their software. This was really annoying, for functionality that really should have been part of the OS.

    So for anyone with more than a couple of years experience of Macs, there are good reasons to not support this particular company.
     

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