Springy
Springy 1.6.1
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Finder-like archiving and compression application.   Shareware ($19.95)
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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
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 replacing Finder contextual menu plug-in (CM plug-in is still available in Leopard and earlier).
  • Direct extraction mode, when the whole archive or disk image is extracted with double click on its file in Finder (application only).
  • Flat file list view, which shows all files and folders in an archive without their mutual hierarchy (application only).
  • Much more robust automatic archive type recognition.
  • Speed gains when opening and processing ZIP archives (especially it they contain 20000+ files inside).
  • Springy can now open and extract files from malformed large ZIP archives created by Apple tools Archive Utility and ditto, which don't follow Zip64 specification properly.
  • Springy can now open empty uncompressed TAR, PAX and CPIO archives it created.
  • Showing icon file preview immediately after icon generation, which gives more smooth and natural user experience (application only).
  • New toolbar icons for the user preferences panel (thanks to Kenichi Yoshida).
  • File sizes in Snow Leopard are shown the same way as system wide, using "power of 10" instead of "power of 2" calculation.
  • Removed DMG disk image file type from the list of file types for which Springy can be set as a default handler. This feature caused quite some problems for some users (application only).
  • Fixed bug when drawing last or a preview column after making an empty selection in a column view in Snow Leopard (application only).
  • Fixed bug when rendering file preview in a preview column for some files in Snow Leopard (application only).
  • Fixed bug which disabled permanently password text field in a save panel when creating DMG disk images (application only).
  • Fixed bug which hanged CM plug-in after right clicking two or more times an empty file selection in Path Finder (contextual menu plug-in only).
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 more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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PorkPieHat commented on 22 Nov 2011
Is this abandonware?
[Version 1.6.1]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 01 Dec 2011
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).
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mckmck replied on 11 Oct 2012
it's dead springy?????
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Devsh0p tipped on 19 Nov 2009
I bought this app about a year & a half ago so I could make fast and easy OS neutral archives for my clients. It worked great for a while and I loved it, then one day there was an update or something, the same one when the main app icon changed to this new one, and all the sudden my license was no good any more.
Needless to say, I was a bit upset that I'm expected to pay twice for a simple archiving utility. (and I won't).
Wrangled with StuffIt after that for a while and hated every minute of it.
Then I found JuneCloud's FREE Automator action/services set. Done deal.

If you're only looking for something to make clean archives in zip format, just go to Apple.com and search for JuneCloud. It's free and it works with Snow Lep.
[Version 1.6.1]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 19 Nov 2009
I really apologise for the inconvenience, but you should've just sent a message to support address once your license became invalid. And off course you weren't supposed to pay twice. Once again I apologise, but changing licensing model was necessary. I didn't want to rely on Kagi license system any more since it's quite easy to break and to generate fake license codes. That's what the new license is all about. It was introduced with the version 1.5 of Springy on April 1, 2009 (when it changed its main icon as well).

I have sent new licenses to all existing users (prior version 1.5) at that time, including you, and I didn't see it bounced back to me as undelivered. I suspect that you didn't receive it for some reason. Perhaps it ended in your spam box. I've just checked your profile here on MacUpdate and I see no purchase with your name, so you probably haven't used it at the time. Please send me an e-mail to license@springyarchiver.com with you old registration data (e-mail address you've used to register will suffice) and I'll sent you the new license. Whether you still like Springy and plan to use it or not, you've paid for it and you're still entitled for it.
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Devsh0p replied on 19 Nov 2009
I have to be fair, so I'm making an additional comment on this.

It hasn't been 2 hours and the issue is resolved. I wasn't expecting it, and didn't ask for it, but to the developers credit, this is far and away the fastest support to an issue I've ever gotten. 5 star support service without a doubt.

And for anyone that wants to make a stink, it was a complicated issue that couldn't be resolved through normal channels up front. But I must say, the dev has gone above & beyond to make things right.

Thanks again man, I appreciate the commitment to your work.
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reowen reviewed on 05 Aug 2009
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.
[Version 1.5.5]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2009
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.
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BEIGE commented on 05 Aug 2009
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.
[Version 1.5.5]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2009
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.
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littleb commented on 29 Jun 2009
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
[Version 1.5.4]

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littleb replied on 02 Jul 2009
Answer to the question here

http://www.springyarchiver.com/blog/topic/116
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strider72 commented on 15 Apr 2009
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.
[Version 1.5.1]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 16 Apr 2009
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.
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Strider72 replied on 27 May 2010
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.
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Shock-J commented on 03 Apr 2009
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?
[Version 1.5]

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Shock-J replied on 03 Apr 2009
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.
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Anonymous commented on 08 Apr 2009
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.
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DarylF2 replied on 16 Apr 2009
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.
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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2009
@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.
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trance commented on 01 Apr 2009
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.
[Version 1.5]

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Dragan Milić (developer) replied on 05 Aug 2009
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.
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july1962 commented on 28 Aug 2008
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?
[Version 1.4.2]

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Adrian replied on 03 Feb 2009
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.
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strider72 replied on 15 Apr 2009
BetterZip also splits archives. Not sure if it's the exact same format as this app.
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Serbian reviewed on 26 Jul 2008
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...
[Version 1.4.2]


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Widber rated on 14 Oct 2011

[Version 1.6.1]


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License:Shareware
Date:19 Nov 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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 contents of an existing archive or disk image: add, overwrite, delete and rename files in an archive or disk image.
  • Full Drag & Drop support for archiving and extracting from and into Finder.
  • Archiving and extracting tasks may be accomplished quickly and efficiently using system Services Menu in Snow Leopard or Finder contextual menu in Leopard and earlier.
  • Edit and modify any file in an archive or disk image by double click.
  • Live preview of many types of files inside archive, without extracting.
  • Browsing files in archives and disk images and extracting particular file or folder using hierarchical Finder contextual menu.


Springy supports all most widely used archiving and compression formats: ZIP, TAR, RAR, 7Z, PAX, CPIO, CPGZ, GZIP, BZIP2, UNIX Compress, SIT, JAR, DMG and ISO disk images and some more. Support for even more formats will come in future releases.


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