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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 4.2.3

Enhancements:

  • BetterZip is now a notarized app and uses the "hardened runtime" for added security. Notarization means that Apple scans BetterZip for code-signing issues and possible security flaws before it is released.
  • Better results when extracting broken rar archives.
  • Added an Internet Access Policy file for Little Snitch which explains BetterZip's internet usage (checking for updates and installing the external rar tool, if you choose to do so.)

Bug Fixes

  • Extracting a large app (or any package really) with drag and drop while the preview for the app was still extracting could lead to an error.
  • Fixed a problem with tar files whose name, excluding the last extension (tar.gz does usually not have the problem), is the same as the folder inside when they are extracted through the queue.

General

Publisher MacItBetter
Publisher web site http://macitbetter.com/
Release Date March 22, 2019
Date Added March 22, 2019
Version 4.2.3

Category

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 10.92MB
File Name BetterZip-4.2.3.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 123,203
Downloads Last Week 26

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19.95
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