I often receive files in a variety of compressed formats, either from clients
or off the Internet, I need a utility that can uncompress as many formats
as possible. Fortunately, Aladdin Systems’ freeware utility Stuffit Expander
will extract a plethora of common compression formats such as Zip (.zip),
Stuffit (.sit or .sea), UU (.uu or .uue), BinHex (.hqx), MacBinary (.bin),
Compact Pro (.cpt) MIME (.mim or .mime) and Tar (.tar).
The program works simply, it has an interface similar to WinZip, or
it has a “drag & drop” interface. In this mode, there are four areas
in the Stuffit window: Compress Files, Create New Archive, View Archives,
and Expand Archives. When a compressed file is dropped onto the Expand
area, a save dialog box pops up so you can direct where the uncompressed
files are saved.
Compressing files is also equally easy. Drop files onto the compress
files drop zone and an archive is created. Stuffit gives you the choice
of creating either a Zip file or Stuffit’s native Sit file. Aladdin Systems
brags that Stuffit will create a smaller Zip file that WinZip.
Stuffit is available for Windows, Mac OS, Solaris and Linux; they also
have a version with additional features and an additional price. Depending
on your computing platform you get features like compress and email from
Microsoft Office, creating self-extracting archives and file transfer automation.
Expander is one of those programs that is so useful that Apple includes
it on most new Macs.