That’s back in the day when Mac users needed to compress files to save disk space, back when small disk drives forced us to archive files onto external media. Remember the Zip Drive and Zip Disks? Thankfully, those days are gone, storage is cheap(er), but the tool we all used to archive and compress files still lives. Seriously.
The Ways To Zip
Many Mac users still store and archive files the old fashioned way. External media like CDs and DVDs and the like, even though you’d be hard pressed to find a Mac with a SuperDrive these days. Gargantuan disk drives abound (I saw a 4TB disk drive at MacSales for less than $200) and storage is cheap.
So, why would a certified Mac user need Stuffit Deluxe?
Ah, there’s that name. Stuffit. Way back in the day Stuffit is what we used to, well, stuff files– make compressed archives that could be stored or shared. As it turns out, we still move files around in various archive file formats, and security has become an issue, and online file storage is all the rage, so Stuffit Deluxe Mac lives on.
Frankly, I like it.
Stuffit circa 2016 has managed to pack probably ten fold the number of features into a utility that is arguably easier to use. The Stuffit Deluxe floating toolbar– literally a toolbar of archiving and transfer icons– makes it easy to drag and drop files or folders of files to be archived or uploaded to a specific destination.
That means files can be stuffed using SITX, ZIP, TAR, DMG or whatever, or emailed, or uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft’s OneDrive (which, oddly, uses an icon with two clouds, but whatever) or remote servers.
Though Stuffit does much, setting it up isn’t exactly a pain, and using it is much easier (seriously, what’s easier than drag and drop; maybe, ‘Siri drag and drop this file onto Stuffit ZIP’) than in years past when it didn’t have as many features.
Security is all the rage these days and Stuffit Deluxe does not disappoint with the AES 256-bit strong encryption and password option. The drag and drop destination and archive types (all on the same toolbar) are customizable, but files can also be saved onto external disks, CD, DVDs, or sent as compressed and secure attachments in email. The app handles dozens of archive file formats beyond the more common RAR, 7zip, ZIP, Tar, and Stuffit formats.
The latest Stuffit Deluxe has a few much needed features, too, including an Automator plugin, automatic scheduled backups, incremental backups, and a whole lot more. And that’s just the Stuffit Deluxe app. There’s still the free Stuffit Expander app so everyone, Mac or Windows, can open up archives created by Stuffit Deluxe.
I gotta admit that I like the new Stuffit more than versions in the past because it has adopted online sharing and high end security features. There are less expensive options but none that are as easy to setup and use as Stuffit.