Oddness Using Latest StuffIt Deluxe

We’ve recently updated to StuffIt Deluxe (13??..latest version) and we noticed some weird thing when UnStuffing.

I’ve had to upload the Site folder from Freeway so my coworker can upload to the live site. I usually StuffIt to make it a little smaller.

I click on a folder. Go to the Menu bar. Scroll down to Archive>Stuff and Mac binary. It does it’s thing. I upload. Then it gets Unstuffed at the other end (using the same version of StuffIt) but all the parts aren’t there. In fact, it also makes you UnStuff in two steps: Un-bin then UnStuff.

We’ve used this exact process for years and we just noticed the problem.

Anyone else come across this?

Thanks…

Robert


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Can’t say that i’ve seen that, but I have stopped using Stuffit. I use the built in OSX zip archiving instead, and it’s just a right mouse click away. :slight_smile:


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Though I haven’t used it in years I do remember having similar issues
but could never determine the cause. I’ve found BetterZip <http://macitbetter.com/

to be waaayy better, especially if you need to share files with
Windows users. Springy is also pretty good.

Todd


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I second that suggestion Todd.

BetterZip is great and does exactly what I need. The regular free StuffitExpander is OK, but it’s clunky and I don’t get many “sit” files anymore. Usually split up RAR’s which BetterZip handles quite well.


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Sit files always compressed pretty well, though. ZIP hardly compressed at all, when I used it in StuffIt.

Do you make ZIP.bin files? Or, just ZIPs?


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The old .bin files had one value, and that was sending Mac files to
PCs who might then send them on to another Mac. Although I’ve only
ever seen those with the hqx extension…

I stick with Zip, and usually just use the built-in Zip unless I’m
having trouble with a client opening it with their PC (rarely), at
which point I use ZipIt (or used to – I haven’t used it on my new
Intel Macs).

Walter

On Apr 17, 2009, at 8:10 AM, Robert Bovasso wrote:

Do you make ZIP.bin files? Or, just ZIPs?


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I’m only surprised you hadn’t problems with earlier versions.
I had Stuffit Deluxe from version 3 through to version 11.
Over that period, the product was progressively watered down;
components which were originally part of Stuffit Deluxe became
separate products with separate upgrade fees.
I stopped upgrading after version 11 because it had become
increasingly unreliable, sometimes failing to process zip and earlier
stuffit formats correctly. The final straw was Smith Micro’s removal
of ‘Archive via Rename’, for me its single remaining useworthy
feature.

…AD


On 2009-04-16 16:42 -0400, Robert Bovasso wrote:

We’ve recently updated to StuffIt Deluxe (13??..latest version) and
we noticed some weird thing when UnStuffing.


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My selling point for BetterZip was not only the formats it handles, but also the “clean” archive button to have it go through and delete all those pesky “thumbs.db” and “DS_Store” files that were hidden.


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Can anyone tell me what application makes these? I see them from time
to time, and have no idea where they come from. Is this what you get
from Windows if you use an icon view for the folder?

Walter

On Apr 17, 2009, at 1:38 PM, Dan J wrote:

pesky “thumbs.db”


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From Wikipedia: They’re put in directories that contain pictures or
movies on Microsoft Windows NT versions prior to Vista.

Todd

On Apr 17, 2009, at 12:52 PM, Walter Lee Davis wrote:

Can anyone tell me what application makes these? I see them from
time to time, and have no idea where they come from. Is this what
you get from Windows if you use an icon view for the folder?


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On 17 Apr 2009, 5:53 pm, waltd wrote:

Can anyone tell me what application makes these? I see them from time
to time, and have no idea where they come from. Is this what you get
from Windows if you use an icon view for the folder?

Walter

On Apr 17, 2009, at 1:38 PM, Dan J wrote:

pesky “thumbs.db”

I always understood these to be Windows files for holding image thumb preview cache data for the folder the file was in so the thumbs are loaded faster on that Windows system.


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I always understood these to be Windows files for holding image thumb preview cache data for the folder the file was in so the thumbs are loaded faster on that Windows system.

Right, it’s Windows way of holding a preview for images in a directory.


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Is there a place in the Mac OS to change any compression settings or formats, or is it just ZIP and whatever settings are built in?

Robert


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If you’re using the built in method, there are no options. There are
plenty of third-party Zip compression tools out there. Give
VersionTracker a poke.

Really, you shouldn’t geek out too much over this. The goal in Zipping
a file isn’t usually to make it smaller – that’s a pleasant side-
effect. The goal is to remove any chance that transit over the
partially-7-bit Internet Mail system would remove critical higher-bit
data. Zip converts a binary file, which may have multiple forks or
other platform-specific content into a stream of 7-bit-safe text.

Plus, if you set some funny format that the recipient doesn’t support,
you may be sending them a whole lot of useless data.

Walter

On Apr 17, 2009, at 5:05 PM, Robert Bovasso wrote:

Is there a place in the Mac OS to change any compression settings or
formats, or is it just ZIP and whatever settings are built in?


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