There was a time way back in the day, back when floppy disks rules and hard disks were expensive and didn’t have much storage, that we Mac users compressed files to conserve space and to archive files.
Thankfully, those days are gone. Apple introduced OS X which had a built-in archive system that made it easy to zip up an archive of files, and even easier to unzip the files. What Mac users had before was StuffIt. That’s the app I thought faded away years ago. It did not.
New Version In Town
Much to my amazement, StuffIt lives, and if ever there was a comprehensive archive tool for Mac and Windows PC users, this is still it.
StuffIt, to put it bluntly, stuffs files into an archive. Back in the day, the archive was proprietary to the Mac.
Interoperability being a necessity these days, StuffIt changed with the times. It’s Mac and Windows now. It still has a proprietary archive format, but also does the standards from .ZIP to .DMG to .TAR and many others.
StuffIt is so multi-platform these days that it even has cloud services built-in, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive so you can stuff files into an archive and save them online.
The user interface is an attractive and utilitarian floating bar with tabs, so it’s easy to find what tool you want and click to make the archiving happen.
The interface is expandable, too, allowing you to create personal destination tiles which automatically zip or stuff or compress files and send them wherever they need to go.
An archive utility also acts as a backup option that goes beyond Time Machine or SuperDuper!, and StuffIt delivers multiple backup options– CD, DVD, FTP, and more– with a built-in Scheduled Task Assistant.
Also built-in is an Archive Manager which gives you options to create, search, browse archives, including a search inside the contents of StuffIt files, Zip files, Tar and RAR files; and that includes compressed archives and encoded archives– without having to open the archive first.
The StuffIt Expander app is free (only opens archives; doesn’t create archives), but the full Deluxe version for the Mac still carries a price tag, which makes it useful for hardcore archivists.
To be fair, I have not used StuffIt for years, and though the app was discontinued because it’s been years since I saw anyone use a StuffIt archive. Obviously, I was wrong, and if you want a single tool that handles many archive options, this is a decent one, though a search on the Mac App Store will reveal many competitors at lower price points (none that do StuffIt files, though).