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    Thumbs down MacOS and compression?

    Hello.

    Does anyone know why OS with an 8.3% usage share according to statistics compiled by W3Counter(Wiki) still have no advanced compressor? So second OS by place in the world.
    Only extractors are popular, like Zipeg, Unarchiver and some shareware.
    I can remember only buggy and crapy Stuffit.
    BTW how to extract FreeArc archives without Wine or VirtualBox?

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    StuffIT is fantastic, for JPEGS.

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    When last time I've used StuffIT it was really buggy (I didn't properly compress some test files or either couldn't decompress - simply crashed). If it would run correctly, surely it would be one of the best archiver, IMO.
    BIT Archiver homepage: www.osmanturan.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intrinsic View Post
    StuffIT is fantastic, for JPEGS.
    You're right, but it costs money - $50, too much for me, for example And I don't use it for image compression, I'm interested in general compression, especially with GUI. So, now we don't have realy pretty cool compression software on MacOS

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    Don't Macs run Linux now? You have zip, gzip, bzip2, p7zip (7zip for single files), and zpaq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Mahoney View Post
    Don't Macs run Linux now? You have zip, gzip, bzip2, p7zip (7zip for single files), and zpaq.
    What do you mean? Are you suggesting that the OP installs Linux? Because MacOS has nothing to do with Linux except that both are Unices. And MacOS is not really based on any other unix, though it uses BSD code as a part of own kernel.

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    That's what I mean. I would think that most programs that run under Linux should work under MacOS X. I don't have a Mac to test but what about these?

    http://persephone.cps.unizar.es/general/gente/spd/gzip/
    http://www.haase-online.de/dirk/maczip/
    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19139/ez7z

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Mahoney View Post
    Don't Macs run Linux now?
    Not sure, but as I know they completely different. http://upx.sourceforge.net/
    Also all paid and non-paid MacOS archivers have few formats support: rar, zip, 7z, gzip, tar.
    For example ez7z removed support for bzip2. MacOS's DMG format are not supported.

    Anyway, thanks for reply Matt and m^2.

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    You might also see this list: http://www.macports.org/ports.php?by...bstr=archivers

    MacPorts work similarly to the Linux package management systems (e.g. apt, yum, emerge, etc...)

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