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    Dec. 12, 2017
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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 4.0.2

Bug Fixes

  • BetterZip would sometimes fail to compress large archives on macOS High Sierra.
  • The extraction of tar based archives with only one root item through the queue was still broken if the preset option "Create an extra folder" was set to "If archive has more than one root item".
  • Save panel was not drawn properly when "more options" was toggled on macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
  • If the queue window was too narrow, the progress bar overlayed text.
  • Cmd+Enter renamed the selected file instead of opening it in an external editor/viewer.
  • Creating a new folder in an empty BetterZip window didn't move the "drop here" screen out of the way.
  • Two presets with the exact same name crashed BetterZip.
  • Under certain circumstances BetterZip would crash at startup.
  • Delete in Direct Mode had no progress indicator, which was confusing for large archives with long running delete operations.
  • Removed cbr, cbz, and epub from the QL generator. There are specialized QL generators for these formats available.
  • Added tooltips for the various image buttons in the preferences window for VoiceOver users.
  • Creating xar archives in Direct Mode did not work correctly.
  • If an archive contained files that did not have read/write permissions for the user, the files wouldn't be accessible after extraction. BetterZip now adds user read/write permissions for all extracted files, just like macOS' built-in Archive Utility does.
  • The pattern comparison function of macOS High Sierra that BetterZip used when extracting archives would sometimes hang. I have switched to a more reliant alternative.
  • Service names with / and & were problematic. This works now, but due to macOS limitations slashes are converted to colons.
  • When extracting multi-volume rar archives BetterZip would sometimes display garbage next to the progressbar (e.g. Chinese characters).
  • Extracting large rar archives would sometimes show wrong progress.
Publisher MacItBetter
Publisher web site
Release Date December 12, 2017
Date Added December 12, 2017
Version 4.0.2
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
Download Information
File Size 10.23MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 122,179
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19.95
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