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Rarify ... Compress files/folders using the RAR format.

Support for the most basic options: create passworded archives, segment volumes and compression level.

This app is a simple front-end for the RAR binary. Due to licensing restrictions (RAR is shareware), you must: a) install the RAR binary yourself; b) use the "Update RAR binary..." menu item inside Rarify's application menu.

What's New

Version 0.8.1:
  • Restored Mac OS X 10.4 support (sorry!).

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later, RAR.

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bbw7 Member IconReview+313
bbw7
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It works as advertised; however, the way it works is a little unintuitive, nonetheless I was able to figure it out fairly quickly, albeit after one archiving that didn't turn out right. Hence I docked it half a star on Features and Ease of Use.

All configuring of how you set up a rar archiving to run is done via the preferences, AND the preference window must be closed (usual upper left red button) before running the rarification; otherwise the preferences used are just the plain, default ones.

The other somewhat unusual feature is that one drags 'n drops the file or folder onto the Rarify icon; there is no Open File option.

Knowing these two things, makes it very straight forward and easy to use. I'd suggest that the dev. say as much in his/her readme file in order to make the initial user experience as smooth as possible.

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Version 0.8.1
MadameMacintosh Member IconReview+4
MadameMacintosh
+1

This is by far the best gui for making rars out there, even though I'd love to see some improvements :

The preferences don't remember what you entered, so I gotta re-alter the settings each time I'm compressing folders. I think using a separate window instead of preferences might be a better idea (RarMachine does a better job at that).

When compressing a folder that contains an alias (e.g. an alias to the applications folder), it also compresses the items in the folder connected to that alias. I thought the program was slow, but it was in fact compressing approximately 40Gb of items instead of 500mb.

Batch processing (enabling you to drag a lot of folders to the app) would be great too, and maybe a new icon :p ?

Overall though, I think this is a great program, I love the cancel button, the fact that it works well unlike RarMachine, the simplicity, ...

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Version 0.8.1
Frank_Martin Member IconComment+16
Frank_Martin
+1

Thanks. Did what I needed and the price is right.

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Version 0.8.1
Bobster Member IconReview+15
Bobster
+3

Unlike SimplyRAR, with Rarify you can control segment sizes when creating a RAR archive. That feature alone makes this app useful, and SimplyRAR useless (for the time being). The devs of SimplyRAR should at least have included this feature before releasing. But that's just my 2 cents.

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Version 0.8.1
natthulhu Member IconReview+6
natthulhu
+2

Handy little app, but unfortunately it does not keep the containing folder, meaning that every time you open a rar from this app, you get all the files strewn about. Seems like a simple enough fix, but unfortunately makes this too annoying to use...

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Version 0.8.1
bloo7 Member IconReview+6
bloo7
+3

As others have noted, this RAR utility does just what it says and it does that well. Unlike SimplyRAR, Rarify doesn't lock up while archiving. It also allows you to flexibly choose part sizes (something you can't do properly with SimplyRAR either).

A nice addition would be a window that you can drop the files to be archived on (though you can already drop them on the Dock icon, of course).

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Version 0.8.1
Stormchild Member IconComment+383
Stormchild
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Kind of a funny name, since "rarefaction" (also spelled "rarifaction") is the *opposite* of compression.

rarefaction |ˌre(ə)rəˈfak sh ən| (also rarifaction)
noun
diminution in the density of something

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Version 0.8.1
MacUpdate-Lon
+1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAR

Stormchild
+2

Heh. I know what RAR is (why else would I be on a RAR app's page?). Just pointing out something I thought was fun. Obviously I am amused easily, and by strange things.

bidule Member IconComment+38
bidule
+0

Crashes at startup on my iMac G5 PPC, Tiger 10.4.10.

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Version 0.8
~s (Developer)
+2

Yes. Sorry. Re-download it. I just forgot to check the "magical" button when compiling... ;-)

bidule
+0

Thanks, works perfectly now.

Cavallo Member IconComment+4
Cavallo
+3

Excellent. Unlike literally every other GUI rar compression tool I've tried, this one actually does its job and shuts up about it. I mean, what is wrong with all the others? Is it so hard to write an app that can recursively traverse a folder structure and add a whole hierarchy of files to an archive? This guy managed it, and did it without requiring me to click a million buttons and set up a bunch of options and drag a bunch of files everywhere, only to be faced with a terminal window, or worse - a silent failure. Sheesh, it's like we Mac users are being invaded by Windows users or something. Anyway, kudos to the author for not being lazy, and putting the user first.

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Version 0.7
littleb Member IconComment+20
littleb
+0

if i drag the compression bar to the very beginning does that mean it only store what in the rar rather then compress it

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Version 0.7
~s
+0

Yes. Compression level 0 = store --> level 5 = maximal.

user icon+4
MadameMacintosh
Version 0.8.1
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Downloads 24,990
Version Downloads 23,746
License Free
Date 24 Nov 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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