BetterZip
BetterZip 2.3.3
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Archiving tool.   Shareware ($19.95)
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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
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" was set.
  • The radio buttons in the preset lists in the preferences could get confused.
  • On OS X 10.9 Mavericks the main menu was always displayed in English, regardless of the system locale.
  • Includes the latest unrar.

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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



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BetterZip User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(38)
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Cerniuk commented on 30 Mar 2014
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!
[Version 2.3.3]


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Voreball commented on 28 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 19 Feb 2014
BetterZip is the best zipper!
[Version 2.3.2]


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+121

Rubaiyat reviewed on 03 Nov 2012
There doesn't seem to be a .dmg option.

So not for me.
[Version 2.3]

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Mar6473 replied on 30 Mar 2014
.dmg is not a file compression format. It's a virtual mounted drive. There's no reason why BetterZip should have it
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+121
Rubaiyat replied on 01 Apr 2014
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.
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Heathen reviewed on 17 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 2.3]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 18 Jun 2012
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?
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Heathen replied on 18 Jun 2012
To answer your questions:

- The archives are in ZIP format
- I generally only extract one archive at a time.
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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 20 Jun 2012
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.
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Heathen replied on 21 Jun 2012
I have contacted developer. I have high hopes it'll eventually be resolved.
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Freddy-Moncada commented on 11 Mar 2012
Can someone tell the pros and cons of BetterZip 2.2 Vs Entropy 1.4.1? If someone have testing the two softwares.
[Version 2.2]

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Nontroppo replied on 23 Mar 2012
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.
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Freddy-Moncada replied on 23 Mar 2012
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.
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Phoenix⚡⚡ reviewed on 07 Mar 2012
V.2.2
The Betterzip Passwords Manager fail to save any password!
[Version 2.2]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 08 Mar 2012
Have you enabled the password manager and checked the option "add all entered passwords to this list" in the preferences?
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Phoenix⚡⚡ replied on 08 Mar 2012
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.
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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 08 Mar 2012
This is strange. I haven't changed anything connected to the password manager in the latest update, but I'll look into it.
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thadon reviewed on 01 Mar 2012
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
[Version 2.2]

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thadon replied on 01 Mar 2012
Aaaaand almost every time, the % notification icon in launchpad gets stuck with a random number, annoying
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guido.damore reviewed on 09 Oct 2011
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.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 12 Oct 2011
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?
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guido.damore replied on 12 Oct 2011
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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+62
Robfol commented on 25 Sep 2011
Nice app
When does V2.1 come to the Apple Store version?
Mine is stuck on V2.0.2
[Version 2.1]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 01 Oct 2011
It's not stuck, but Apple has to review every small update before accepting it into the App Store. This review process usually takes 1-2 weeks, sometimes even longer. I submit every version to Apple on the same day I release it here and on my server. Version 2.1.1 should be available in the App Store shortly.
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Robfol replied on 01 Oct 2011
Thanks for response Macitbetter - Cheers Robert
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MacJollyRoger had trouble on 25 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 2.3.3]

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MacJollyRoger replied on 29 Mar 2014
it worx with 2.3.2...
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Peterpan23 had trouble on 22 Jun 2011
BetterZip attempts a Kernel Panic on Lion Preview 4
[Version 2.0]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 25 Jun 2011
Thanks for letting me know! Do you have any more details, i.e., under which circumstances did the crash occur?
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fuhayer had trouble on 04 Sep 2009
yes, it was multi-part archive with single file inside around 3GB size.
i have sent e-mail for this for your reference. thanks for your kind interest.
[Version 1.8.2]


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fuhayer had trouble on 03 Sep 2009
when i try to open a huge rar archive it asks for a password though archive does not have a password. i can open archive under windows without problem without password but this asks for a password. reason ? or what password should i enter to see the part of files in archive ?
[Version 1.8.2]

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Robert (MacItBetter) (developer) replied on 04 Sep 2009
Is this a multi-part archive? Is any part missing? Please contact me by e-mail or through the support forum http://macitbetter.com/contact to track down and resolve the problem.
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ULTIMA had trouble on 26 Aug 2009
When I opened some compressed files of specific archive format (tar, gz, bz2) under Mac OS X 10.6 10A432, the items in the compressed files didn't show up in the window of Betterzip 1.8.1, but this trouble didn't happen when I opened ZIP or RAR files. Hope it can be fixed in the next version of Betterzip, thanks~
[Version 1.8.1]

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Robert (MacItBetter) (developer) replied on 28 Aug 2009
A new version that fixes this problem with Snow Leopard is already in beta testing and will be out after the weekend. You can get the beta version by activating the update check function in the preferences window.
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Gannet had trouble on 03 Feb 2008
The developer's site seems to be down. Hope everything's alright...
[Version 1.5.6]

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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2008
No problems here.
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Gannet replied on 04 Feb 2008
Curious, I've been getting no response for at least a week. However I can ping it so I have no idea what the problem might be.
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Macitbetter (developer) replied on 04 Feb 2008
Since I see no drop in accesses in my server's logs, the problem is probably on your end. Let's take this to e-mail, if you want to investigate this further.
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Gannet replied on 04 Feb 2008
Nah that's okay, I'm sure there's nothing you can do.

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Basti79 rated on 05 Mar 2014

[Version 2.3.3]



RodrigoT7166 rated on 03 Dec 2013

[Version 2.3.2]



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Fabio Milocco rated on 03 Oct 2013

[Version 2.3.1]



Wildgruber Martin rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Quiiick rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Tommylee rated on 09 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3]



Fernansu rated on 03 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3]



Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 2.3]



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Steeps Patrick rated on 22 Mar 2012

[Version 2.2.1]



Zigziggyspider rated on 14 Mar 2012

[Version 2.2]


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Version Downloads:2,570
Type:Utilities : Compression
License:Shareware
Date:05 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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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, GZip, BZip2, RAR, 7-Zip, CPIO, ARJ, LZH/LHA, JAR, WAR, CAB, ISO, CHM, RPM, DEB, NSIS, BIN, HQX.
  • Create Archives: Simply drag files and folders from your hard drives, disks, or network places into your new zip file. You no longer have to copy all the files into a temporary folder first. The supported formats are ZIP, TAR, GZip and BZip2 compressed TAR, XAR, 7-ZIP, and RAR (using the external RAR commandline tool). Large archives can also be split.
  • Protect Your Data: BetterZip can protect your data with a password and create WinZip compatible AES-256 encrypted archives. 7-zip and rar archives can also be protected.
  • Update Archives: Add new or updated files to existing archives. Remove any file or folder from an archive, or even move files around inside the archive as if it were a normal folder.
  • Make Archives Compatible: Strip Mac specific files and resource forks from archives for best compatibility with systems like Windows or Linux.


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