CNET Editors' review
StuffIt Expander is a file compression and expansion utility that can handle a number of different file archive formats. It's a free app available from the App Store and several other Web sites, and it installs quickly.
StuffIt Expander supports a number of file formats, including ZIP, ZIPX, 7ZX, RAR, and TAR. The StuffIt Expander interface is clean, allowing you to create archives by the usual drag-and-drop method or by menu actions. Clicking on an archive file can unpack that archive. You can add password protection to your ZIP files. There is a registration nag that appears with StuffIt Expander, and while you don't need to register to use the tool, the nags will get annoying as time goes by.
We tested StuffIt Expander on a number of archive files created by several methods on different machines. While the app worked fine with ZIP and ZIPX files, we did have occasional problems with RAR files, some of which StuffIt Expander simply couldn't open properly. Whether this will be fixed shortly or not remains to be seen. Since Mac OS X includes an Archive utility, the real reason users would want a supplemental tool is for RAR and other archives not supported by the included Archive app. Unfortunately, because of these problems opening RAR files, we uninstalled this app.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Stuffit Expander 2011.15.0.4.
From Smith Micro:
StuffIt Destinations packages your files and sends them where you want them as easily as drag-and-drop. Need security? Destinations uses strong AES 256-bit encryption. Destinations combines DropStuff and StuffIt Expander into one powerful tool. It's an expansion tool that supports nearly any file type you download from the Internet or receive as an attachment. Destinations can create Apple Disk Images (.dmg), Zip (.zip), StuffIt X (.sitx), compressed Tar archives (.tbz2) and can upload and share files through our SendStuffNow file hosting service, your MobileMe iDisk, or FTP server. Compress files to CD/DVD or send compressed attachments. Tailor your Destination's tiles: Choose a destination, a compression format with or without encryption, and notification option. Then drag and drop a file onto a tile and it's off. Just set it once. Destinations is the newest member of the StuffIt Family for Macintosh, which includes free StuffIt Expander 2011, StuffIt 2011 and StuffIt Deluxe 2011.
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All versions:3.5 stars
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"Please upgrade for fifty bucks? Methinks not."
Version: StuffIt 2011.15.0.4
Very few that are not replicated by leaner and cheaper (or even free) alternatives. Not enough meat to draw in power users, nor offer them a compelling reason to fork out the cash.
At this price point, and for the range of tasks that such an app is required to do in the real world, extremely poor value. Successive upgrades have added fluff rather than any compelling reason to buy.
Compare thoroughly before buying. Ask yourself, what will I do, on a day-to-day basis, with this software, that makes it worth the price. Good luck with the answer to that question...
"Glad I upgraded. Wishing everyone would."
Version: StuffIt 2011.15.0.4
Fast compression with multi-core processor. More new features and nicer interface. Easy to customize. Smaller archives with SITX than ZIP compression.
SITX archives don't seem to be backwards compatible with most of my business associates using earlier versions of Stuffit Expander. I hear complaints of file corruption messages and must advise folks to get the current free Stuffit Expander (and I re-send their files in ZIP format). A relevant error message with link to the update would be nice.
I very much recommend Stuffit Destinations.
"I think it will be good but I don't know"
Version: StuffIt 2010
easy to use
I did't try the new version so I can't say if I like or if I dislike
"Really nice software"
Version: StuffIt 14.0.1
Very easy to use and its like a cool version of WinRAR
None so far
Version: StuffIt 7.0.1
"One of the Best Compression Utilities out there"
Version: StuffIt 13.0.3
It works with Vista LOL if you have Vista you'll understand this is a selling point.
haven't run into anything Major
worth having , I hated haiving 5 different compression tools this one works on rar and win zip and if I ever learn how to fine tune it LOL user issue not a software one I'm sure it will handle the Izac files too. and these are the 3 that I need opened most often.
It's easy to use and it's fast.
"Great compression program"
Version: StuffIt 2009
easy to use and intuitive interface
Version: StuffIt 12
""suite of tools"?!"
Version: StuffIt 11.02
Aforementioned tools do not look integrated. most of what they do can be done by control click of a a file or directory and choosing "Create Archive".
UI is blotted.
Unix tar files? people who exchange files with Unix folks do use command line.
Preview? There is Zipeg which is free for Mac and Windows and does it a lot better.
"Stuffit works great on my macbook seemlessly."
Version: StuffIt 11.02
I like how stuffit automatically takes care of my zipped files and make them ready for me to use. works very smoothly.
non so far
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