When the internet came along it was better to compress files to send them to other Mac users because modems were slow. Along came Mac OS X with a built-in archive tool and Stuffit seemed to fade away as Mac users embraced the simplicity of the zip archive. Amazingly, Stuffit, the app Mac users loved to hate– lives.
Stuff And Unstuff Stuff With Stuffit
Hard disk drives for Macs and Windows PCs are freaky huge these days so most of us simply don’t worry about compressing files to save space.
What was once easy, and made even easier with the Archive tool on OS X, has become, at first glance, a complex operation with the latest Stuffit. It’s not.
There are over 30 different ways to compress and encode files in Stuffit, including Zip and Stuffit and dozens in between.
Stuffit can be used to view archives (see what’s inside without opening the file), encode files and folders, add password protection and encryption so files can be stored or transferred safely to others.
Built-in to Stuffit’s latest version is Stuffit Expander so a user isn’t required to purchase Stuffit to unstuff an archive of files or folders. Today, Stuffit is less about simply compressing a file than it is about packaging a file for distribution or transport.
The Stuffit menubar gives you plenty of options to archive, expand, and, importantly, to send or upload files.
All it takes is a click on the menubar to get started compressing or archiving files and preparing them for distribution, uploading, or emailing.
Stuffit features options to upload archives via FTP, burn archives to a DVD, or upload to remote storage locations.
Destinations can be setup as automated droplets which perform the archive and uploads with a drag and drop.
Like most mature products (Stuffit in one form or another has been around for a couple of decades) Stuffit comes with a bewildering array of product options.
There’s a Mac version, of course (Stuffit started life on the Mac), but there’s also Stuffit for Windows, and even Stuffit Expander for iPhone and iPad.
Compare the extensive options and menu selections in the Stuffit app menubar with Apple’s built-in Archive function which starts life as a right-click on a couple of files or a folder of files.
The latest version of Stuffit isn’t complicated, but does plenty. But it’s still Stuffit, and if you send files to other users, make sure they have the latest Stuffit Expander (free) on their Mac or PC.