In the last post, we looked at how to compress files using OS X’s built-in compression tool. However, if you need a more powerful archiving tool, a application called “BetterZip”, put out my the Macitbetter company, might be the answer. This happens to be my Archiving tool of choice.
Once nice feature is that you don’t have to unarchive every file in an archive – only the files that you need. This alone is a valuable time-saver in my opinion. Additionally, BetterZip can open and extract archives from a variety of different formats: ZIP, TAR, GZip, BZip2 and RAR.
One of my favorite (and necessary) features of BetterZip is the ability to create AES-256 compatible password encrypted archives. The requires anyone extracting files from the archive to enter a designated password. This can come in especially handy if you sell online “e-products” or exchange sensitive files with others.
If you wish to view what files an archive contains, no need to any longer open the archive to view its files – simply use Quick Look for a quick glance at all of the files, including names, date modified, original size, archived size, file type and file attributes. This can come in handy if you are searching for a specific file and have forgotten in which archive is resides.
Another favorite feature is the ability to edit a file without having to extract then rebuild an archive. All you need to do is open the archive, double-click the file to open it in its associated application, make your changes and then save the file. Your archive is automatically updated to reflect the changes you made to the file. You can even add new files to or remove files from existing archives. This alone makes this an extremely flexible product.
So if you are looking for an archiving application with extra power, I would recommended BetterZip. It is an application that is a regular part of my own work flow. The cost of the app is $19.99 and you can purchase it either from Macitbetter’s Web site or from the App Store. The App Store link is below.
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