How do you shop for apps for the Mac? There’s advertising, word of mouth, technical specifications and the all important app icon. Quite often, it’s the app’s icon which gives us our first look into an app.
While you can’t judge a book by the cover, the cover of a book is the first thing we see and sets the stage for step two, looking inside. So it is with Mac apps. If the icon looks professional and attractive, I’ll look at the app.
Functional Eye Candy Archives
Your Mac comes with a built-in archive tool simply known as Archive. Use it to store a bunch of files and folders into one zipped up archive file.
OS X’s Archive utility really does only two things. It zips up files and folders. And it unzips files and folders.
It doesn’t even work on all archive formats, and you have to unzip the archive to see what files are inside.
Enter the cutest app icon in the archive utility world. iPack is an inexpensive compressed archives manager.
It compresses, decompresses, integrates with the Mac’s Finder, and even gives you a quick preview of files in an archive without opening the archive first.
Use iPack by simply dragging and dropping files or folders onto the drop basket.
The app is 64-bit so it archives a large number of files in seconds.
iPack converts from from 7z/zip/rar/gz/bz2 to 7z/zip/rar formats, and compresses 7z, zip, jar, and rar archives.
It also decompresses 7z, zip, jar, rar, cab, deb, iso, arj, gz and bz2 archives.
The built-in highlight effect lets you search file names inside an archive without unzipping it first. It also manages password-protected archives.
The previewing options are worth the price of admission alone. Think of iPack as a very inexpensive knockoff of the feature laden BetterZip (a Mac360 favorite).