It’s easy to forget that storing files on a Mac was once a problem. Most Mac and Windows PC hard disk drives are larger than Lady Gaga’s extravagance or Kanye West’s hubris.
Squeezing files to save space? We just don’t do it anymore. Stuffing files into an archive for transport? That’s another issue. So, what’s the free app of choice for Mac and PC users to squeeze and archive? What? You need a hint?
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Mac’s come with a handy archive utility built-in. Apple’s creative team was on lunch break, so the security guards named it Archive. Right click on a file, files, or folders and you get an archive menu.
Archive also means zip. As in zip it up. Compress it. Stuff it.
Do you still need a hint? Owing to the humongoloid size of Mac hard disk drives, we don’t need to compress files and folders anymore. So, the venerable Stuffit is repurposed as a compress, secure, and send utility.
I know what you’re thinking. Stuffit lives? Yes, I was surprised, too. Stuffit of the 21st century runs on Macs and PCs. Unstuffing, unzipping is still free. Everything else comes with a price tag and more features than the Tea Party has white folks.
How Many Ways Can You Stuffit?
Assuming you already know the reasons to stuff files ands, you’ll be interested to know that Stuffit does most of them. From Zip to SITX, from RAR to Tar, and nearly everything in between. The major methods to shrink and stuff show up on the Stuffit toolbar. Drop dead easy to use.
Stuffit claims the ability to free up space on your hard disk drive—as if that’s a problem today. If it is, you’ll love Stuffit.
If not, but you send files and folders to others and you want to zip them up, encrypt them, password protect them, and send them away in an elegant workflow process, Stuffit delivers.
That’s what Stuffit 15 does, and, admittedly, it does it well. Drag, drop, select, click, send. Archives can be encrypted up to 512 bits, or AES 256-bit (for Zip files). The advantage is that Stuffit archives work on both Macs and PCs and make it easy to send files and folders via email, or upload via FTP, MobileMe, and other destinations.
Speaking of Destinations, that’s the feature in Stuffit Deluxe Mac and Stuffit Mac.
Create destination tiles (like the ones in the graphic above), set the destination and packaging type for each, and click to send.
Stuffit is good for backing up Mac or PC files off premise, yet gives you the ability to look inside the archives to see what’s there, without having to open the archive. And all that security helps to make your stored files, well, more secure.
So, what’s all this stuff about a Stuffit price tag? Your Mac’s built-in Archive tool is free, but limited. Stuffit has multiple flavors, many features in each, and a couple of different price tags for the privilege of stuffing files and folders.
Stuffit Expander simply uncompresses and decrypts files and folders—for free. In other words, Stuffit will cost you to archive and send (or upload), but not cost you to unarchive, uncompress, or decrypt. Sounds fair, right?