Stuffit Expander 2009 full review

Stuffit Expander has been the Mac’s default dearchiver for a very long time. So long, in fact, that it’s beginning to look redundant. OS X now has ZIP compression built in – enabling you to create and extract archives without having to use any third part application. Meanwhile, free tools like Zipeg (http://zipeg.googlecode.com) can handle all those other tricky file types – like RAR and TAR, GZIP and CAB.

Stuffit Deluxe, retailing at £29.99 (or £49.99 for the new 2009 version) is also starting to seem overpriced – especially when there are tools such as iArchiver on the market for half that price. Still, Stuffit Expander – the free extraction tool remains a useful application to have on your machine. Not least because it’s the only tool that can reliably extract all Stuffit archive formats and Binhex files. In addition it can handle a long list of other archive formats, including all of those mentioned so far.

You don’t get to survive as long as Stuffit without picking up a few tricks along the way either. The application itself has a surprisingly spritely looking drag-and-drop front end, with built-in disk image mounting, virus scanning and the ability to map different file types to different archiving applications. Very generous. You can also set archives to extract to user-defined folders in preference to the default – which is the same place as the original archive.

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