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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 11 votes out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    122,058
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 08, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try; $19.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    10.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

BetterZip for Mac allows you to view, modify, add, and remove files directly from archives without the need to unzip them. This app also features its own implementation of a keychain but unfortunately does not integrate with OS X's keychain and thus cannot be synced over iCloud. Another potential drawback is the lack of Finder integration.

After a straightforward installation, BetterZip for Mac displays a clean and easy-to-understand interface that lets you quickly reveal the contents of archives without having to unzip them first. The transfer speed for files won't disappoint you: it took us a little less than 30 seconds to extract 300MB from a larger archive. One peculiarity of the app is that if you try to view a damaged archive, BetterZip treats it as a password-protected archive instead. The keychain, itself, works well enough, though; we were able to interact with password-protected archives without entering the specific password. However, we were required to set a master password and enter it to confirm our identity. A great feature is the "Clean" option, which scans archives for predetermined and user-defined files and extensions and automatically deletes them.

If you're working with large archives on a regular basis or have to enter complex passwords in order to access archived information, BetterZip for Mac can make your life easier. While this premium app is nothing exceptional, it accomplishes what it sets out to do in a satisfactory manner.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BetterZip for Mac 2.3.2.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.1
  • Fixed a possible crash when opening an archive through the Favorites sidebar and extracting it with a preset that moves the archive after the extraction.
  • Fixed a possible crash when extracting or compressing an archive through the queue with the "show save panel" option set in the used preset.
  • In some places in the user interface BetterZip 3 was referenced instead of BetterZip 4.
  • "Reveal Service Folder" in Preferences > Presets didn't work correctly.
  • Extracting tar archives with multiple root items with the queue didn't create an extra folder when not set to "Always".
  • BetterZip services and the BetterZip button in Finder didn't automatically show the queue window when compressing or extracting files.
  • "Opening an archive from Finder immediately extracts it" affected the compression, not only the extraction when dropping files on dock icon.
  • The Dropzone action could crash Dropzone after completion.
  • Files were sorted in reverse order when applying a filter in the favorites sidebar.
  • Extracting the BetterZip download package with macOS 10.10 built-in Archive Utility or Safari could lead to BetterZip being "damaged". (Actually, the two included Automator actions were signed in a way that 10.10 didn't like ... don't ask me. Sigh.)
  • When adding multiple parts of a multi-volume archive to the queue through the Finder button, they would all be queued instead of the first part only.
General
Publisher MacItBetter
Publisher web site http://macitbetter.com/
Release Date August 08, 2017
Date Added August 08, 2017
Version 4.0.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.23MB
File Name BetterZip-4.0.1.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 122,058
Downloads Last Week 14
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19.95
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