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StuffIt Expander

CNET Editors' review

Users looking for a tool to extract multiple archive types may be disappointed by the bare and clumsy interface of this latest iteration of StuffIt Expander.

The utility fulfills its promise to handle more file types than past incarnations, which had been limited to .SIT and .ZIP files. According to its comprehensive Help file, StuffIt Expander 13.0.1.1 can now handle more than 30 file types, including .GZIP, .HQX, .TZ, .7z, and .UU. Unfortunately, the program is hampered by a '90s-era user interface, limited functionality, and poor integration with Windows. On opening--and every time you return to the main window--the application insists on searching your computer for all supported files. You can sort the resulting list by file name but not by size, location, or file type. You cannot open more than one archive at a time, and the application cannot automatically create a folder for the archives you do expand. In addition, there is no Windows shell integration, and contrary to the publisher description, you cannot drag files onto the application window or its icon to prompt expansion.

Of course, the one thing that StuffIt Expander does offer that other file-extraction tools don't is the capability to open StuffIt (.SITX) files, a popular Mac compression format. If you come across .SITX files regularly--or ever--you have little choice but to use this utility. Apart from using it to complete that chore, however, few users will be pleased with what this utility offers.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    2.7 stars

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Fine for home use, very lacking in pro situation."

    August 10, 2009  |   By ckerr

    Version: StuffIt Expander 13.0.1.1

    Pros

    Good product, will compress files quite small.

    Cons

    Has to install as administrator making it so you cant install it at work if you have strong IT controls. Plus, you have to sign up yes for emails from the company to download.

    Summary

    I would skip this app unless you have a specific need for SIT files.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "ridiculously large program for what it's purpose"

    June 27, 2009  |   By gergever

    Version: StuffIt Expander 13.0.1.1

    Pros

    opens .sitx files in windows, unfortunately the only program I found that can do this

    Cons

    not enough room here to list them, should have more characters allowed than 250 in 'cons'

    Summary

    Too big, slow, takes forever when it automatically searches for all compressed files in my documents when opened (although you can right click a selected file). When opening one a stix file with a right click, you have to create a folder manually to extract to, there is no option to have the program create one. There is no 'options' or 'preferences' in file menu so cannot tell the program NOT to search for all compressed files (which include rar and zip files, etc), or file type association. Forced to give smithmicro my email to download this 'freeware'.

    I've used stuffit since I had my mac plus (migrated to windows over the years), but add/remove control panel uninstalled this turkey as soon as I expanded the compressed file created by some dolt using a mac

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does everything i needed it to do"

    May 28, 2009  |   By theidiot

    Version: StuffIt Expander 13.0.1.1

    Pros

    very simple to use
    works well

    Cons

    none found

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