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BetterZip lets you quickly inspect archives without first extracting their contents.
  • Extract Only Files You Really Need: If you only need a few files or folders from a larger archive, you don't have to extract the whole thing. Simply drag the files you need from the BetterZip window to any Finder window or the desktop.
  • Open Archives Without Extracting: Not only can BetterZip open archives without first extracting them but you can also search for a file using the iTunes-like interface. BetterZip can open and extract archives with the most common formats: ZIP, SIT, TAR, XAR, more...

What's New

Version 2.3.3:

Bug fixes

  • ._ files were unnecessarily added when re-saving archives.
  • Access to archive passwords stored in the keychain wouldn't stick for some users on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Uncompressed tar now works correctly on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • The save panel didn't honor specifically set filename extensions from the preset when "show save panel" more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Cerniuk Member IconComment+184
Cerniuk
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Opens ".ipa" files easily so you can see how they are constructed. Once you use BetterZip to extract the .app contents of the ipa file, you can then look at how the app is constructed if you are learning how to develop iOS apps for iPad/iPod/iPhone.

Who knew, handy development tool as well as productivity tool. Gotta love BetterZip!

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Version 2.3.3
MacJollyRoger Member IconComment+0
MacJollyRoger
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10.7.5 - the password manager dont work. i try to set a masterpassword, close the app and start new, its all gone. i cant use the passwordlist.. all presets of me are gone after a quit.

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Version 2.3.3
MacJollyRoger
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it worx with 2.3.2...

Voreball Member IconComment+5
Voreball
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Lots of great features, mostly the preview abilities and open with context menu. Lots of crashes too. Especially when trying to extract one or a group of selected files from an archive (drag-drop). Also when something goes wrong, say a missing rar segment for instance, there's no other way out from endless beachball than force quit. Should be some time out process and/or error message allowing to stop it or exit the app. No rar .rev files support. No way to keep partially or broken extracted files.

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Version 2.3.2
Voreball
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Drag and drop a bunch of files, not holding the group by the topmost trigs unavoidable wtf*+"*£∫~µ error!

Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconReview+35
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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BetterZip is the best zipper!

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Version 2.3.2
Rubaiyat Member IconReview+566
Rubaiyat
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There doesn't seem to be a .dmg option.

So not for me.

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Version 2.3
Mar6473
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.dmg is not a file compression format. It's a virtual mounted drive. There's no reason why BetterZip should have it

Rubaiyat
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Not true. .dmg files can be compressed and mountable, a perfect combination for keeping files together but accessible.

This is the method I use for archiving jobs, because I can get at the contents easily but not change them.

yudip8232
+0

keka it is

Heathen Member IconReview+8
Heathen
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You might wonder why I would give an overall Rating of 2.5 stars when most of the other stars lists as 5. Unfortunately, there isn't a category for performance and this is where the program GREATLY fails. The performance in question is its affect on system performance. By itself, for small files, it is OK, but if you are attempting to extract a LARGE file and and you have multiple things going on (downloading a file via Transmission or Firefox for instance), it will hang your system more than likely to the point of having to forcibly turn off your machine and reboot it. This has been going on since v2.0 of the program, and affects 10.6.x and 10.7.x systems in this manner. Transmission and Firefox are not the only programs that could be doing something simple in the background, but just for clarity's sake, I have been using the latest at that time whenever I ran across this issue since the 2.0 release of BetterZip. You have an elegant and well designed program...just make it so that you can use it when you are operating your system and being able to put it in the background while you complete other tasks. Other similar programs do not have this issue.

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Version 2.3
Macitbetter (Developer)
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What format do your large archives have? How large are they? Do you extract one archive at a time or multiple? If multiple, did you try changing the concurrent operations setting in Preferences > Advanced?

Heathen
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To answer your questions:

- The archives are in ZIP format
- I generally only extract one archive at a time.

Macitbetter (Developer)
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Sorry, but my last response seems to have gone missing, maybe because of the link to my e-mail address. You will find it on my web site or in BetterZip's help menu. Please contact me, if you want some troubleshooting. Usually, zip files extract at the same speed as other archivers and BetterZip doesn't hog your CPU doing this.

Heathen
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I have contacted developer. I have high hopes it'll eventually be resolved.

Freddy-Moncada Member IconComment+10
Freddy-Moncada
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Can someone tell the pros and cons of BetterZip 2.2 Vs Entropy 1.4.1? If someone have testing the two softwares.

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Version 2.2
Nontroppo
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I'm a Betterzip (BZ) user, but have tried out the Entropy demo for a few days. Entropy is simple and elegant, but BZ has too many excellent features I'd miss if I moved to Entropy
❧ Preview pane in BZ is really great, useful in situations UI-wise where quicklook in an archive isn't (which both do support).
❧ Favourites pane in BZ is very useful.
❧ BZ presets are wonderfully powerful! They enable specific sets of extract/save archive management operations and can be easily accessed. Things like automagically extracting a zipped app to /Applications and running it.
❧ Single-click extraction can be toggled when opening archives via keyboard in BZ, very useful.

In Entropy's favour it does RAR built-in, BZ requires downloading a command-line util from RAR themselves, Entropy automates this.

This is not a comparison, but I will emphasise that Robert, the Betterzip developer, is wonderfully communicative and helpful, always an important factor in choosing an app.

Freddy-Moncada
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thanks a lot for your answer, the developer of Entropy it's communicative too, great support, it's good to have this tools on Mac, now I see that this both are great pieces of software.

Phoenix⚡⚡ Member IconReview+12
Phoenix⚡⚡
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V.2.2
The Betterzip Passwords Manager fail to save any password!

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Version 2.2
Macitbetter (Developer)
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Have you enabled the password manager and checked the option "add all entered passwords to this list" in the preferences?

Phoenix⚡⚡
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Thanks for your response.
Yes I'm already check and enable it as "Always try passwords"

I use BetterZip and Password Manager for a year, the Password Manager worked great and very useful for me.

Now, i did restore the old BetterZip (2.1.2) on my iMac and the Password Manager back to work again.

Macitbetter (Developer)
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This is strange. I haven't changed anything connected to the password manager in the latest update, but I'll look into it.

thadon Member IconReview+0
thadon
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I tried to extract a pack of mp3 files and one of them was broken. Betterzip could not successfully extract all the other mp3 files and skipping the broken one, only a fraction of the mp3 files was unpacked successfully. "the unarchiver" was able to do the job perfectly instead. And a thousand times faster. it's a shame.

and the small icons are terrible, i would like too be able to see instantly where the zip files and so on are. something colorful or at least a bigger icon than a micro box in the middle.

Other than that, a great tool

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Version 2.2
thadon
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Aaaaand almost every time, the % notification icon in launchpad gets stuck with a random number, annoying

guido.damore Member IconReview+13
guido.damore
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A little bug that needs to be correct.

If I go to Preferences/File Associations and deselect "Java ZIP Archive" thans BetterZip isn't the default app to open simple ZIP archives while if I select "Java ZIP Archive" BetterZip is the default app to open either JAR archive than ZIP archive. You should separate JAR to ZIP.

Thanks.

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Version 2.1.1
Macitbetter (Developer)
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JAR and ZIP are separated in BetterZip. However, if you have other archivers installed as well, the system's file type database can get confused. If you deselect Java archives in BetterZip, what other application is displayed that will handle those file types?

guido.damore
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The problem is not with JAVA Archive, but with ZIP Archive and strangely is connected with the option for JAVA Archive.

I downloaded Unison of Panic Company to evaluate it: I downloaded a .ZIP Archive. Well:
• If I select "Java ZIP Archive" then the .ZIP Archive is opened by BetterZip
• If I deselect "Java ZIP Archive" the the .ZIP Archive is opened by Utility Compression of OS X Lion.

With .JAR Archive is all OK: if I select "Java ZIP Archive" the .JAR is opened by BetterZip and If deselect "Java ZIP Archive" then the .JAR is opened with Apple Java Script. The mysterious problem is with .ZIP Archive: the control of .ZIP Archive is determined by option about .JAR Archive!

Thanks.

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Basti79
Version 2.3.3
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RodrigoT7166
Version 2.3.2
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Fabio Milocco
Version 2.3.1
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Wildgruber Martin
Version 2.3
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Tommylee
Version 2.3
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Fernansu
Version 2.3
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Physhbourne
Version 2.3
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Steeps Patrick
Version 2.2.1
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tillkruess
Version 2.1.2
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slpr
Version 2.1.2
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Downloads 134,464
Version Downloads 6,746
License Shareware
Date 05 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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