For the average Mac user, one of the least used apps is Archive. What is Archive, you ask? Open the Finder, select a file, right click.
One of the options in the list is Compress (the file name you selected). That built-in function zips up the file or files or folder or folders of files and folders. It’s called an Archive. It’s free. It’s easy. It’s useful. But there’s a better way.
Archive The Night Away
Archiving is the process of zipping up a bunch of files or folders or combinations into a single file. That can save disk space. It can make it easy to send a bunch of files to someone.
Unzipping the archive of files requires nothing more than a double click of the mouse.
It’s a built-in function. It’s free. It’s easy. It’s missing a few features. That’s why God allowed for the creation of Archives. It’s a Mac app that does the same thing and much more.
For example, Archives lets you see what’s inside the archive of files without double-clicking to open it. In fact, you don’t have to open it at all. Archives lets you peer inside the archive, and even drag and drop what’s inside to your Mac’s Finder.
Going in the other direction, Archives also lets you import files and folders to an archive, as well as browse and preview files within an archive.
Archives also lets you encrypt and password protect an archive of files. Without the password, no one else will know what’s inside the archive of files and folders. That makes sending a bunch of files easier and safer.
Of course, not all archives are created equal. Your Mac’s built-in archive app uses a popular .zip file format which works great between Mac users, and often between Mac and Windows users.
Just to be sure, Archives the app, can also expand over two dozen different archive formats. It’ll expand .zip, .tar, .xar, .rar and others I’ve never heard of.
Archives also installs a contextual menu app which works like the Mac’s built-in, right-click archiver, so you can use and preview files in Archives right from the Finder.
Simply put, if you archive files and folders for safekeeping, secure transport, or storage, Archives becomes a better tool to use than the Mac’s built-in archive tool.