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Zip Mac Files For PC allows users to create PC-friendly zip files. Are you a Mac user, and do you regularly send zip files to PC users? If so, you have probably heard complaints about the .DS_Store file and __Mac_OSX folder. This program will create zip files (archives) that PC users can understand! Simply drag and drop the file or folder that you want to zip onto the program icon. In seconds, a PC friendly zip file will appear.

What's New

Version 2.1.0:
  • Fixed a bug where the save panel would not show if a user tried to run a second pass of zipping files using the same settings
  • Zip Files 4 PC now gives the user the option of preserving directory structure in the resulting zip file.
  • Fixed bug where if a user happened to have files with the same names within sub folders and they were also trying to flatten the zip file, more...

Requirements

OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Acuraice Member IconComment+221
Acuraice
+5

Any standard zip file is PC compatible,this app is not necessary and definitely not worth one cent. Good try developers! Built into OS X,simply select any file and either with click and select compress file, or control click and select compress file. Im sure ill get a few frown symbols clicked for my honesty. thanks macupdate just trying to help you schmucks out!

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Version 2.0.8
Ulyssesric
+0

The OS X built-in archiver will add .DS_Store and other the resource folks of Mac files in the ZIP files. Windows users will have trouble extracting these files with both WinZip and WinRAR.
7-Zip utility for Windows can handle OS X created ZIP files correctly, but it's not popular, even it's free.

Jbucholtz
+1

I would have to agree with Acuraice. I work in the commercial and digital print field. While almost all of our desktop work is done on the Mac side, some is done on the PC. I receive .zip files and Mac compressed archives day in and day out.

I have no trouble whatsoever opening either using the opposite platform and I use no third party apps on either side.

Gotoes (Developer)
+0

Hi Jbucholtz and Acuraice - the idea for this app originally came about when our company was sending numerous zip files to organizations who were using automation to unzip our files. Nearly all of our clients were using PC's, and their automation scripts would be choked by the various hidden files that are created using other methods. Rather than ask the customers to change what they were doing, we adapted. Originally this program was a droplet only - and it allowed us to just drop hundreds of files in a big batch. I figured that if we needed such a tool, so would other people - hence it's existence. As many people have mentioned, there are other ways to zip files - some even for free! But for this specific purpose: creating batches of zip files (with granularity of control over what gets included or excluded) I assure you that there is a definite need.

Morgan_Alex Member IconComment+96
Morgan_Alex
+5

Not sure if this app is actually needed. I mean, I create zip files with the default OS X right click 'Compress' and they work fine on PC.

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Version 2.0.7
Haibara Member IconComment+30
Haibara
+5

Don't most apps (free or paid) capable of creating archives, these days, have options to exclude resource forks/DS_Store files, or otherwise create "Windows-friendly" archives?

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Version 2.0.5
Y-Guy Member IconComment+163
Y-Guy
+3

Sure looks a lot like the WinZip logo, makes me wonder if WinZip Computing and Corel know about this?

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Version 2.0.3
Y-Guy
+0

Well glad they dropped the WinZip logo in v2.07, but I still wouldn't support them after they did it initially.

Yuriy Georgiev Member IconComment+251
Yuriy Georgiev
+7

As a creator of a competiting application I can't express my opinion about this app or rate it because it's gonna be wrong, but I think it's too expensive for what it's doing.

Maybe you should reconsider the price until you implement more features. That's just a friendly suggestion.

Wish you good luck with the project.

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Version 2.0.1
Trance Member IconComment+152
Trance
+5

u have to admire the moxie and eternal optimism of someone who expects to sell an app that just zips files without .ds_store and other invisible mac files, for $14

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Version 1.91
Gotoes (Developer)
+2

Acuraice -

You are correct - this application is not for everyone! In fact, we even provide detailed instructions (just like yours) on our web page for people who want to use the OS to create zip files.

The purpose of this program is for people who send zip files to people who are using automated un-archiving software on a PC. We have a number of clients who use scripts to un-archive Zip files. They are accustomed to receiving Zip files from PC's, and their software expects a certain structure / hierarchy of files. One option would be to ask the customers to re-write their software so it can read zip files from our macs... but I (and hopefully you) believe that it is bad business practice to ask your customers to "do extra work." As such, we wrote this program so that we could send files to our customers. And now, we no longer get technical support calls from any of our customers. I hope that you understand what makes this program distinct.

Best,
Developer.

Roxzilla
+5

Just because he/she is selling it for $14.00 does not mean that you have to buy it.

SegN3rd
+7

Roxzilla, it is true that you don't have to buy it, but the purpose of writing reviews is to evaluate whether a product is a good value for the price. So it is fair to write a post here saying the price is unreasonable, if that is your opinion (which I would have to agree with in this case).

Acuraice Member IconComment+221
Acuraice
+5

totally unnecessary! simply select the file/files/folder of files you want to compress and control click,select compress files,wait till its finished and wallah! a perfectly compatible zip file,that will unzip with ANY utility program in mac or windows with the resulting file/files/folder exactly as it should be. if the windows user is having trouble opening the files,he probably doesn't know how open them correctly to begin with,or doesn't have a proper application that can translate them to open them correctly,but as for the zip file itself,it will ALWAYS unzip correctly. No need for this $14.00 program.Built in feature for mac's since 2002 or mac os x 10.0-10.6 snow leopard.

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Version 1.91
Gotoes (Developer)
+1

Acuraice -

You are correct - this application is not for everyone! In fact, we even provide detailed instructions (just like yours) on our web page for people who want to use the OS to create zip files.

The purpose of this program is for people who send zip files to people who are using automated un-archiving software on a PC. We have a number of clients who use scripts to un-archive Zip files. They are accustomed to receiving Zip files from PC's, and their software expects a certain structure / hierarchy of files. One option would be to ask the customers to re-write their software so it can read zip files from our macs... but I (and hopefully you) believe that it is bad business practice to ask your customers to "do extra work." As such, we wrote this program so that we could send files to our customers. And now, we no longer get technical support calls from any of our customers. I hope that you understand what makes this program distinct.

Best,
Developer.

Harry Macbeth
+0

"Wallah!"

Roxzilla
+0

I tried this app, and am not going to buy it, however, it is not unnecessary. It automatically removes .DS_STORE files, which can confuse a computer novice.

Additionally, a simple RIGHT-CLICK (ControlClick) on the file does not give the option to ZIP with password.

The zip files that I compressed with this app with encryption, caused ARCHIVE UTILTY to choke.

I like the concept, and hope for improvement.

Gotoes (Developer)
+1

Roxzilla -
Thanks for trying it, and for your astute points. The application should give you a warning about trying to unzip encrypted files on your mac - the program's documentation, as well as the warning that pops up clearly states that you will need a special program to un-archive on your mac. If you un-archive on a PC, this will not be an issue. Again, the whole point of the program - to create zip files for PC users. Originally, we had not included password protection as an option, but we introduced it as a feature request. We were a little reluctant to introduce it because we knew that some people might miss the warning message that said that password protected files will not natively unzip on the mac, but we decided to give this feature to our users anyway... Hopefully potential users will read this message, the documentation, the help pages, or the warning message that pops up when they try to create a password protected zip file on their mac, and not be surprised with the outcome.

Roxzilla
+0

I guess I missed that warning?

Gotoes (Developer)
+2

Roxzilla -
Thanks for the messages. I have released an updated version now where users can reset warnings where they had previously clicked the "Do not warn again" button. It's in the menu bar. This, combined with the little question mark button by the password field should hopefully clear up confusion about this feature. I appreciate you posting the note, and look forward to keeping this program updated!

Leif Heflin Member IconComment+105
Leif Heflin
+4

It's hilarious how the mac users are expected to cater to the incompetent windows users. This for example, or anti-virus programs. Yeah, I'm gonna spend money to protect windows computers from MY computer. I wont see any harm done without the antivirus software but since the PC user I'm sending the file to doesn't have the intelligence to switch to a mac, I am told that I "need" a virus scanner to protect the PC users. HAH!

I'm not really bashing this program per say, since I have yet to try it but just the whole "windows-friendly" genre.

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Version 1.9
Gotoes (Developer)
+1

Leif -

Thank you for your detailed reply, though I can't say that I agree with you that windows users, as a group, are incompetent. The purpose of this application is to make it easier for people to share zip files with windows users. Indeed, many mac users will never get complaints when sending their zip files to PC users, but for those who do, this is an easy to use, lightweight application that serves their needs.

Best.

Beamy Member IconComment+200
Beamy
+5

You can do the same for free with "YemuZip" if you choose "PC compatible". Or you can simply create the zip archive with the built in right click method and then drag & drop the zip file on the free "ZipCleaner" program afterwards.
(YemuZip and ZipCleaner are free and both can be found on MacUpdate or your favourite search engine)

If you spend more money (ranging from $5 to $15 more), then you can buy a fully loaded compression program like "BetterZip" which can do the same as "Zip Mac Files for PC" and much more, like creating files with other compression methods, deleting files from archives and so on.

***

By the way, I send zip files to Linux and Win users and they don't complain about the .DS_Store file and __Mac_OSX folder. Even PC beginners don't complain, they usually realise pretty fast that these things are not relevant for them or they simply ask.


:-)
.

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Version 1.9
ReelStuff
+1

I just recently began to have an issue with this, I had some complaints from windows users, however, now using wordpress, if you zip up a plugin, then upload it, and install it you are likely to have an issue, with the PHP include function on some plugins,

I know magpierss hotfix has this issue and I expect there are others, so really as a developer I dont want to send these out with my files, because it could cause a support issue and I have enough to do without holding someones hand that has to be told how to delete the __MACOSX folder before the word press plugin will work again.

This should not be that darn hard to fix so listen up Apple dev dudes, fix it, already, its a pain in the kiester....

Laraine
+0

PC people to whom I send zipped files don't complain either But thanks so much for your suggestion, Beamy. I've downloaded ZipCleaner (its title better suggests what it does than YemuZip). There isn't any point sending people stuff that's of no use to them. For the developer's interest, I will also say there's not way I would pay this much for something that does only one small thing and that I wouldn't be using much.

Gotoes (Developer) Member IconDev+60
Gotoes (Developer)
+1

FOLLERRC - Thanks for your straight-forward input, and good suggestion. I will see if I can change the header with MacUpdate to help people better understand the purpose of this product. Also, you're right - many (skilled) PC users have no problem figuring out how to deal with zip files created on the mac using the right click + create archive feature. Our website even has video instructions to help users use this (free) method if they want. Meanwhile, there are still many, many PC users who would get a zip file created in this way, and be "uh... what?" If you have clients / vendors who fit this profile, and you don't have time to spend educating them on the wonders of a Mac, and why Mac Zip files look this way, then this program can help you out. Also, as mentioned before, many of our customers use automation to process zip files - and their automation is expecting a specific directory structure. Rather than jam their automation, or make them re-write code, we simply cater to their needs by giving them a file that they can use. It's simple.

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Version 1.8
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Fulmar2
Version 1.91
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Downloads 14,006
Version Downloads 581
License Shareware
Date 13 Oct 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $14.00
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