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Springy is a simple to use, yet powerful archiving and compression utility for Mac OS X. Springy integrates seamlessly with the Finder and includes some very useful features. All archiving tasks can be done via Drag and Drop, system Services Menu or through Springy's Finder contextual menu.

Springy features at a glance:

  • Open and browse the contents of an archive or disk image without extracting any file from it.
  • Quickly extract all files or only files of choice from an archive or disk image.
  • Quickly extract the whole archive or disk image by double-clicking its file in a Finder.
  • Modify the more...

What's New

Version 1.6.1:
  • Fixes a bug in version 1.6 which could corrupt a ZIP archive after modifying it and quitting application.
  • Open, read and extract support for 7Z archives (support for creating/modifying of 7Z archives will come soon).
  • Open, read and extract support for Microsoft CAB archives.
  • Springy is a Services Provider application, with Services Menu actions in Snow Leopard more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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Is this abandonware?

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Version 1.6.1
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+2

No, it is not. But further development is very, very slow. For reasons, please read last four blog posts at http://springyarchiver.com/blog. The development should speed up considerably starting next February.

Anyhow, Springy works just fine in all versions of Mac OS X starting from Tiger (10.4.x) , including Lion (10.7.x).

mckmck
+1

it's dead springy?????

reowen Member IconReview+72
reowen
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I wanted something that could quickly make a zip a folder in a platform-neutral way (stripping out resource forks and such). I used DropZip for this for years but was becoming very disenchanted with the StuffIt line. A simple task, I thought; surely there are many alternatives. But I tried many programs and none offered easy drag-and-drop to create a zip archive. Most work well for viewing and altering the contents of a zip archive, but are very clumsy for creating the archive in the first place.

Finally I found Springy and I love it. The contextual menu does exactly what I wanted. The program does many other useful tasks such as creating disk images. And the application (of course) allows one to view and edit the contents of archives.

The program is also well supported.

I've not found anything that comes close to Springy and heartily recommend it.

Even so, I have a few minor complaints:
- The contextual menu entries for acting without asking questions are clumsy and confusing, e.g. "Click and Create ZIP". Huh? Click what? I don't want it to do two things (as implied by the and) I just want it to create the archive. As I say, this is no big deal -- once you learn what it means it's fine.
- The as-shipped behavior for the contextual menu is to ask questions before creating the archive. The menu may ZIP but it really means ZIP.... Fortunately it is easy to change this in a preference.
- After installing the contextual menu doesn't always show up (this just happened to me yesterday when I upgraded to 1.5.2). Even after logging out and back in! I had to double-click the installed contextual menu item (which bizarrely opened something completely irrelevant) and then the contextual menu started working. I'm hoping that 1.5.5 will fix that, especially if I toggle the setting to move the contextual menu back under More along with the others.

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Version 1.5.5
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+2

Thanks for the comments. I'll try to address some of your complains...

- Contextual menu entries... You may be right, but (not being a native English speaker) I really didn't manage to come up with something better, even though I tried. I may very try to find someone to do a proper English localisation, since all wording is done by me and I'm perfectly aware that's not an ideal solution. But you've just given me an idea, perhaps it's much better to use "Create ZIP..." for commands that ask some questions (parameters settings) before acting and to use just "Create ZIP" (no periods) for commands acting immediately.

- Springy not appearing in the contextual menu... You can find more explanations of this behaviour on the following pages:

http://www.springyarchiver.com/support/topic/topic/50

http://www.springyarchiver.com/support/topic/topic/55

To make the long story short: if you set Springy to show up in the "More" submenu, it will always be there for you. But if you set it to show in the root of the Finder contextual menu, every time you reboot, or logout/login, or change Springy settings from "Show in "More" submenu" to "Show in the root of the menu", the first time you show contextual menu you won't see Springy in there (in the root) and you'll have to disclose the "More" submenu (Springy won't be in there either) once. Only after that procedure, Springy will always appear in the root of the menu. I repeat, you need to disclose "More" ONLY ONCE after reboot, logout/login or setting change. This is the consequence of trying to put Springy in the root of the menu and I hope it's a small price to pay for people that want it there (in the root), which eventually makes navigation much quicker.

BEIGE Member IconComment+178
BEIGE
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before you give money to this dev, you should know that contextual menus in 10.6 are not able to interact with the Finder the same way so this likely won't work with 10.6 - ever.

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Version 1.5.5
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+6

Just a few facts:

1. People don't "give" me money, they eventually pay for the product they need/like and for the support of it.

2. "This" is not just contextual menu plug-in, besides that "this" also includes full-featured stand-aline archiving application, which at the moment works in Snow Leopard and will continue to work in Snow Leopard.

3. CM plug-in will still be available for Leopard users for quite some time to come (and for Tiger users but during much shorter period though).

4. Functionality offered today in form of Finder contextual menu plug-in will be offered in form of Services menu in Snow Leopard. Services menu in Snow Leopard will be much more customisable than now and users will be able to put Service menu commands in the Finder contextual menu. So "this" will work even with Snow Leopard 10.6 for - ever.

littleb Member IconComment+20
littleb
+0

Does this does rar and 7zip yet

i heard zip with 256 aes is easy to crack if u know atleast 1 file in the archive

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Version 1.5.4
littleb
+0

Answer to the question here

http://www.springyarchiver.com/blog/topic/116

strider72 Member IconComment+72
strider72
+4

Regarding the feud between the developer and "July1962"... Having read the original thread http://www.springyarchiver.com/o1d4um4m1lk373mp3n4bl3d/viewtopic.php?t=287 , it comes down to this:

JULY1962: Springy claims that it can split files using a standard format, but when I send split files to somebody else, they can't open them.

DEVELOPER: Springy uses a standard split zip format. It's not my fault that no other Mac app understands this standard format.

JULY1962: If no other Mac app understands it, then it's false advertising to call it a "standard". You're a liar!

DEVELOPER: You're an idiot.

...except in the thread it takes them 50,000 words to say it.

The "idiot" has a point. There ARE ways of splitting files that are more standard on a Mac than the format that (according to the developer himself) **no other Mac app understands**. Waving your arms and yelling "but it's a standard!" doesn't make it so. Clearly the PKzip split format is NOT a standard **on Mac**, or some other Mac app would understand it.

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Version 1.5.1
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+13

The only reason binary split ZIP archives are "standard" (as you said) on Macs is just because all tools making them just run 7-zip command line tool in the background, and that's how 7-zip does it. I don't think that makes it a standard either, nor is it documented anywhere. I agree we can have different opinions about it, but that doesn't justify anyone accusing me of false advertising (or being a liar, as you said).

Anyhow, in version 1.5.2, which I expect to release in 2 - 3 weeks, Springy will support (create, extract,...) binary split ZIP archive too, so I hope this unnecessarily long discussion will finally be over.

And not to forget, I've never called anyone "an idiot" during the whole debate. Don't put into my mouth something I've never said.

Strider72
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Dragan --

Sorry if I put words in your mouth. I was condensing a whole lot of posts to their essence. Perhaps the line paraphrasing you should have simply read "You're wrong". I don't think you're a liar, but I will stand by the statement that calling something a standard when *no other app* on the platform knows that "standard" is at best a questionable claim. Perhaps all these other apps *should* know PKZip, but they don't. It's not a standard in the Mac world.

That being said, having a PKZip-compatible app on Mac can be handy for people coming from Windows. That, however, is a different discussion altogether.

Shock-J Member IconComment+259
Shock-J
+1

I can't get the contextual menu to show up at all..root level or any other level. I actually you this more than the app itself. I re-installed and restarted my computer. I still got nothing. Anyone else seeing this?

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Version 1.5
Shock-J
+1

Ok, scratch my comment. It just "magically" appeared. Very strange. There is a bug/issue though. I use Path Finder primarily. Path Finder has the option of "appending the Finder's contextual menu items" in "a Submenu" or at "the End" of Path Finder's CM. Springy only shows up in Path Finder's CM if it is set to "at End." If it's set to "a submenu" you get nada. Personally I do prefer Springy at the root level, but it would be great if I didn't have to have ALL the Finder CM items at the root level.

I would love for Springy to play a bit nicer with Path Finder's CM. It has always been a bit "off." For example, it seems that the font size for Springy CM is hard coded. Path Finder has the option for a "small contextual menu font size." When this is checked, all the other 3rd party CM items font sizes adjust down appropriately, but Springy does not. So all the other CM items are at 9px, where as the Springy CM item is still at 12px. Just looks weird.

These are minor gripes. At least it's working for me now.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Unfortunately, Springy menu not appearing when you choose to show 3rd party CMs in a submenu in Path Finder contextual menu is a consequence of the way SpringyCM now works, all that in order to put it into the root of Finder contextual menu, which was request from many users (I still hope Apple will come to it senses and bring 3rd party CMs back where they belong, in the root of the menu). I'll see if there is anything I can do regarding this.

As of menu font size, no, it's not hard coded in Springy, it's just default, 12pt. If the official CM plug-in interface is used, menu items are inserted as AppleEvent record and list objects. A real creation of menu items is done by the system and in such case it eventually creates menus with fonts of correct size. In order to put Springy in the root of the contextual menu, I don't implement that interface fully, but I insert menu items directly, using appropriate Menus API. When specifying menu item text, and if font size is not specified, it just defaults to 12pt. This is easy to fix, and I'll do it in 1.5.1 or 1.5.2 most probably.

The biggest problem with SpingyCM 1.5 and Path Finder is something you didn't even mention: SpringyCM 1.5 is hardy functional with Path Finder! Again, this is due to the workaround in order to bring Springy back into the root of the contextual menu. SpringyCM is displayed in Path Finder, but when you click some Springy command, some other Path Finder command is called instead. I tried really hard to debug it and find out that like Path Finder is "eating" so-called "command event", so SpringyCM doesn't see it at all. I am in contact with Path Finder author and I'll see what I can do to fix this one, which is a real show stopper for SpringyCM in Path Finder.

DarylF2
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Please PLEASE offer an option for the old Springy contextual menu, the one that appears in the More submenu. I've had a ton of problem with contextual menus, ranging from slowdowns to Finder crashes. After a lot of troubleshooting, I narrowed it down to the new Springy contextual menu plugin. Removing the new Springy plugin got rid of the Finder issues. The old Springy plugin always worked fine.

I really used the Springy contextual menu a lot, though, so not having any Springy contextual menu makes the software far less useful to me.

Dragan Milić (Developer)
+0

@SHOCK J
Springy CM plug-in is now (almost) fully functional when working with Path Finder! The only thing which won't work is extracting particular file from an archive while browsing through hierarchical contextual menu. Namely, browsing is still possible, but clicking on a menu item representing a file in the archive will NOT work. This functionality has to be implemented using Carbon command event and that event cannot be caught in a Cocoa application, such Path Finder is. By the way, this particular functionality has never worked, I hadn't even known until I've tried it recently (I'm not a regular Path Finder user).

DARYLF2
Finder slowdowns and crashes were not related to Springy CM not being in the "More" submenu, but due to some other problems and errors in implementation, which were corrected in version 1.5.2. Anyway, starting from version 1.5.5, there is an option in the General preferences panel to show Springy in either root of the Finder contextual menu, or in the “More” submenu like Apple intended.

trance Member IconComment+152
trance
+2

This may be a dumb question but what if someone doesn't want the contextual munu item in the root of the menu?
Not knocking the idea, just maybe should be an option.

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Version 1.5
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+1

Starting from version 1.5.5, there is an option in the General preferences panel to show Springy in either root of the Finder contextual menu, or in the “More” submenu like Apple intended.

july1962 Member IconComment+6
july1962
+4

What in the world?! What is going on? Clearly you didn't read carefully. I PURCHASED this shareware and found out after doing so that the files I split are only good if the people I send them to also have Springy! The advertising doesn't state that!

What, do you all work for this guy or are his relatives?

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Version 1.4.2
Adrian
+6

Currently there is no other Mac archiving utility that supports the standard PKWare split zip archives. This means Springy is the ONLY program that does it. It should therefore be obvious that any Mac user needs Springy if they want to use PKWare split zip archives.

strider72
+0

BetterZip also splits archives. Not sure if it's the exact same format as this app.

Serbian Member IconReview+40
Serbian
+5

This is the best and far most intuitive archiving utility for Mac OSX IMHO...And I tried a lot...Ease of use and number of supported archiving formats cannot be beaten by anything else..Kudos to developer...

As for previous poster remarks...I think he/she misunderstood the Springy completely...This is not the tool for just splitting and joining files, although it can do that also in more than a good way, this is the ultimate tool for working with LOT of various archive types...I have read the discussion of mentioned poster and developer on Springy forum and I think that the poster simply dont understand anything regarding splitting/concatenate files...For plain split/join you can use built-in UNIX tools..For truly working with archives try Springy..You will be amazed for sure...

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Version 1.4.2
july1962 Member IconReview+6
july1962
+2

I purchased this program so that I could split large files and send them to others to recombine at their end. They have a Mac version of this, but unless other Mac users have Springy, they can't use the files. I have been in contact with the designer who has admitted that the program works well with PC's but it still does not fully function with Macs (as far as recombining files) even though their website states: "Supports common and most often archive types, compression methods and disk images: ZIP, TAR, DMG, ISO, GZIP, BZIP2, Unix Compress, RAR, SIT, Java archives JAR, WAR, EAR... Support for more types still to come..."

It doesn't for Macs.

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Version 1.4.2
Dragan Milić (Developer)
+4

Wise man said: "Since you obviously can't read, I'm amazed that you can write."

For all of those who would like to see what was the issue here, check out this link:

http://www.springyarchiver.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=287

By the way, the Windows version of Springy doesn't exist, so how can it be functional there? But who knows, perhaps somehow you've managed do install and run it on that platform.

july1962 (Developer)
+0

PLEASE do check out how this developer responded to my problem. He basically told me that since I didn't agree with his responses (which basically went against his advertising) that it was MY problem and that I should contact Apple and tell them to make it so that he could make his program work. Problem is, the files that his program creates don't work with anything BUT Springy. The files in general DO work on a mac, just not the ones that Springy creates.

As for a PC program, perhaps that was misleading of me. HE stated to me that the product that Springy creates is totally usable by OTHER programs on PC's while on a Mac only Springy will work.

Direct quote from him/her: "On Windows, WinZip and PKZip will extract files from split archive made with Springy without any problems."

Dragan Milić (Developer)
+4

I responded normally as I always do, trying to be helpful and as explanatory as I could. Your false accusations and statements of "false advertisement" and "program not being fully functional for Macs", made me responding differently, and I don't regret for that. People can follow the link above, it's all in there, they can judge themselves.

july1962
+0

You're right, they can. And just because you say it isn't false advertising doesn't make it not false advertising. I proved that it is.

Dragan Milić (Developer)
+4

Okay how does this read?...

"And just because you say it IS false advertising doesn't make it false advertising. I proved that it ISN'T."

I won't respond to your false accusations and statements any more, not here, not anywhere. You can keep claiming whatever you want. I rest my case.

mdewakanton
+4

@ mike

"Wise man said: "Since you obviously can't read, I'm amazed that you can write."

LOL I did read the discussion on the forum and I can only congratulate for your patience :-)

Fred Bloggs
+4

Funny isn't it how the more people are wrong, the more they get worked up and shout how right they are. I read all this story with awe as I saw the developer trying patiently to get july1962 to understand what his software does, and july1962 just carrying on blindfolded with his opinion of what it should be doing, unable to see the difference between splitting a file, and creating a split archive. July1962 was a very strange month indeed ;-)

Adrian
+4

Just wanted to add my support and endorsement for the professionalism of the developer.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
+1

The complete redesign of Springy website has rendered forum obsolete. The old Springy Forum is frozen and archived and is not in use any more. However, it is still available in read-only mode, and the updated link where this particular debate can be read is:

http://www.springyarchiver.com/o1d4um4m1lk373mp3n4bl3d/viewtopic.php?t=287

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Downloads 31,243
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License Shareware
Date 19 Nov 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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