Zip Utilities

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Syndacate, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Syndacate macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008

    I'm looking for a zip utility that has [good] decompression support for most of the common formats (7z, zip, tar, etc. - rar and multi-volume rar would be nice as well).

    I just downloaded Keka - and though seemingly a nice program, it runs like the standard unarchiver, which is kind of not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something more conventional, like KDE, Gnome, XFCE come with, or all the compression programs in windows have, conventional as in opening it shows the list of files inside it, and you can drag out whatever you want.

    Sometimes I just want to look into an archive without pulling anything out. A direct port of 7zip would be nice, but there doesn't appear to be any, or anything that follows the conventional compression/decompression GUI front ends, ie. Ark, 7zip, winrar, winzip, peazip, etc.

    I realize it's more conventional in OS X to not go with this method, probably because the default unarchiver doesn't allow it, but I'm not really looking for convention for this :-\.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Stuffit Expander. Available in the mac app store.
  3. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    I use Zipeg. It has everything you need and its free.
  4. Syndacate thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    I'll give it a try, but isn't WinZip shareware? I hate having to pay for something so simple o_O.

    Unless they recently completely changed stuffit, it's the exact opposite of what I'm looking for. I have stuffit, I hate stuffit. Stuffit just blindly unzips whatever is in there and dumps it onto the containing folder - it's a total Mac approach, sure, but it's a complete waste of ergonomics, I rather be able to open it with a program, then decide whether I want to extract it all into a folder, maybe only pull out one file, maybe not pull out anything, just see what's in there.

    That's why I specified things that actually open in a window, not just one click unzip assuming that's the only thing somebody would want to do, it's annoying as hell and doesn't lend itself well to ergonomics.

    Everybody else (KDE, Gnome, ALL the MANY zip programs made for Windows, hell, even UNIX way back when with their TAR utility) took a single approach, which worked well, giving you options with what you want to do, Apple seemed to fail miserably at this, as all of its zip utilities are one click decompresses. I was going to write my own if this thread turned/turns up useless, but I figured *somebody* out there would be annoyed enough with this stupid design to port over the design everybody else uses... ****, even an automater or bash script connected to a tar utility has more flexibility than that crap...

    If you wonder why I sound annoyed it's because I am - I specifically said I don't want utilities like the stock one, which stuffit is EXACTLY like. It's what I'm suffering with now and it's useless.

    That looks awesome just by looking at the screen shots, it may be exactly what I'm looking for, I'll look into that and WinZip for Mac - thanks a bunch!

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