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Powerful RAR archive manager.   Shareware ($8.00)
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RarMachine is a powerful RAR archive manager, surely the most simple and the most integrated for Mac OS X.

You can use it to compress and extact every Rar files downloaded on Internet or compressed on a PC with the power advantage of your Mac System.
What's New
Version 2.0:
  • RarMachine has been totally rewritten for scratch and is now a Cocoa application. The interface is all new and it is now possible to change the level compression.
  • RarMachine can also handle now multiple archives at the same time, and will threat them one after the other if several files are dropped on the main window.
  • Finally, a helpbook has been added to the software to help you becoming familiar with our software.
Version 2.0:
  • RarMachine has been totally rewritten for scratch and is now a Cocoa application. The interface is all new and it is now possible to change the level compression.
  • RarMachine can also handle now multiple archives at the same time, and will threat them one after the other if several files are dropped on the main window.
  • Finally, a helpbook has been added to the software to more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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RarMachine User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Macferret commented on 15 Oct 2010
This is just a rar wrapper program. After you install the program and install their "Rar Tools" go to HomeFolder/Library/Application Support/RarMachine/rar, you will find version 3.80 of rar. The current version of rar is 3.93.

Just a rar wrapper program using an outdated version of rar.
[Version 2.0]

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Formica replied on 04 Apr 2011
Here's how to get Rar v.3.90 (instead of v.3.80):

1. When you first start up the app it will tell you that it needs to download RarTools — DO NOT DO SO. Then open RarMachine's Help, click on "Install RarTools," then follow the SECOND method listed in Help to manually download Rar. You will get v. 3.90. Follow those Help instructions to install it (the whole rar folder goes into this folder: ~/Library/Application Support/RarMachine).
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Trashie replied on 29 Apr 2011
You can put any rar version in that folder you found - just put in the latest mac command line version of RAR which is 4 or something like that and it will use the newest version.

My bet is they can use/distribute the old version for FREE but you would need to check licensing on that. If you buy RAR I doubt the RAR guys will care if you install it there or in /bin or whatever.

No idea if the developers support doing this. Probably not, but the interface will remain fairly static as RAR is very mature now. All they do is manipulate the command line like you say wrap it. This is a very simple piece of software for $8 but they did do a nice job with the GUI.

Personally I would stay with what they give you with the app it works fine and is not outdated. It will easily open all archives knocking about. But thought to mention that all the same.
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Utrunn reviewed on 14 Apr 2010
I've never run into problems with RarMachine. Simple, effective, and inexpensive.
[Version 2.0]


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Elegraphy reviewed on 03 Mar 2010
"Should I use a free RAR compression app, but pay a $29 to preinstall RAR? Or, should I pay a $8 fee to use RarMachine that does not require a $29 RAR? Hmm decisions, decisions....."
[Version 2.0]


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Trashie reviewed on 21 Sep 2009
Firstly I like this application it is a good idea. But it seems to be a bit much to pay for when there is similar free ways. I think the developers would have got more uptake and kudos for future work by making this free. It just is not impressive enough to pay for IMO.

If it was free it would get very popular very quickly. It still needs some work but it is such a small code base paying for it is almost bizarre. It is so small the developers could improve it more and more and get well known without much effort. So when they look for a big programming job Oh I did this Oh you use it bang big job. Which is why a lot of small software is free as it is business card software for the developers rather than true open source thinking often.

Yet it has the Mac thinking even simple things make them easier.

I like to use RAR for Mac directly (that I did pay for). But there are many FREE was better than this. The only way this will ever compete is to become free. Donation ware would probably make them more money.

Good but a pointless entry into a market saturated with as good free tools.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Lounge Deluxe replied on 03 Mar 2010
You're wrong because there are no freeware apps able to compress to rar, well at least not legally. You always need a license from the folks at Rar Lab, the owner of the IPR behind rar. I'm really curious how the dev of RarMachine took care of this issue, since a single Rar license costed me €29 (almost $40) and he only charges $8 for RarMachine.
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neil_m commented on 07 Dec 2008
It will have to get better before it beats RarMe and UnRaR X - both free.

Decompress - free - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9365/unrarx
Uncompress - free - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12598/rarme
[Version 1.0.2]

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fishscale replied on 25 Jan 2009
Nice lol, uncompress and decompress as two different things. They are synonymous words. Little grammar never hurt anyone.
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m30318 replied on 06 Apr 2009
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Pernilla replied on 11 Jun 2009
Even funnier - you think it is about grammar... (lol)

wiki: In linguistics, grammar refers to the logical and structural rules that govern the composition of sentences, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

You probably meant check a dictionary or even check a thesaurus.

Still the 2 links given were more useful to me, than your drivel reply.
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maxter commented on 24 Nov 2008
The Demo Period is ridiculously short
[Version 1.0]


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Beamy commented on 21 Nov 2008
Hopefully this explanation is better and works for everyone.

Step by step guide (don't do anything else in addition) :

1. start the program
2. click "Later" or "Never" in the "Do you want to install the Finder plug-in ?" window.
3. click "Cancel" in the "Please buy" window
4. click the little "Gear" symbol in the main window
(info: after clicking the "Gear" symbol 2 options appear: "Use password" and "Create parts ..." DON'T tick them, leave them alone)
5. go to the "RarMachine" menu and choose "Preferences"

--> NilObjectException error window appears

*****

(I use MacOS 10.4.11 intel)

When you start the program there is an additional window which asks if you want to install a plug-in. The first times I clicked "Later" then I clicked "Never", but I didn't install it. I don't know if that influences the NilObjectException behaviour.

.
[Version 1.0]


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rob.h commented on 21 Nov 2008
Small, neat and does the trick. I did try to see if I could get it to crash following the steps the other reviewer mentioned, but didn't manage it - I ticked the two options then opened Preferences and the Preferences window appeared. Still, would be interested to hear what the developer says.

One observation regarding password protecting your Rar files is that you only type the password in once and the characters are hidden. Either you should have to type it in twice to confirm you haven't made a typo, or there should be a tick box to reveal the password you're going to use so you can check it. Without that you risk creating an archive you can't get back in to if you made a typo on setting the password.

Other nice features in future versions would be things like the option to automatically delete the original file(s) or folder(s) when the archiving finishes, etc.
[Version 1.0]


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Beamy commented on 20 Nov 2008
Nice idea, but written with RealBasic, therefore say Hello to "NilObjectException" and the program "must shut down"...

How to reveal the bug ?
Start the program, click the little "Gear" symbol in the main window, then "Use password" and "Create parts ..." appear and then go to the "RarMachine" menu and choose "Preferences" --> NilObjectException !

I tried it several times... always the same.
I am not going to pay $8 for this.

Maybe the next version is made with Cocoa and I can say ByeBye to "NilObjectException".


:-)
[Version 1.0]

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hced replied on 01 Dec 2008
Oh why did you have to bring that up…

Every time I see RealBasic, I get a reluctant feeling.
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June8 had trouble on 23 Sep 2010
Nice application but it crashes. (Crash report sent to developer)
[Version 2.0]


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Version Downloads:17,442
Type:Utilities : Compression
License:Shareware
Date:02 Mar 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $8.00
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