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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression Apps
I just discovered the coolest feature of the latest StuffIt version (well, version 8.0 at least). I've only tried this under a fully patched up copy of Panther, but if you've got a folder or file to compress, simply add the compression suffix at the end. When OS X asks you about it, say "keep", "use," or select an option with a similar meaning. So, for example, you've got a folder called "Scans." To SITX compress it, all you need to do is to rename the folder "Scans.sitx" and that's it. Cool!

P.S. I haven't checked the documentation, so maybe it's just a feature, but you're probably like me and don't read the manuals and so when you stumble accross things like this it's amazing...

[robg adds: I can't test this, but I imagine it probably is discussed in the documentation...]
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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: mahuti on Aug 03, '04 09:52:57AM

This has been a feature of stuffit deluxe since the OS9 days. Of course, you had to have some control panel installed.

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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: d00d on Aug 03, '04 06:46:26PM

Yeah, maybe his next tip will be that OS X now includes a DVD Player. This is a heavily publicized feature of Stuffit Deluxe. This isn't a tip.



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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: Harry Fong on Aug 03, '04 10:11:35AM

It may have been around in OS 9 and less, I don't know for sure, but its a new feature for the OS X version, and its called StuffIt AVR (Archive Via Rename) it installs its own Preference Pane in your system preferences, it tells you which archive formats it works with. You can also disable it.

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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 03, '04 10:29:02AM

Interesting feature, but do people actually use stuffit anymore? dmg files are a more flexible and faster way to manage archives and zipping is built in to OSX now (ctrl+click and chose 'create archive of xxx) so you don't have to worry about windoze users wondering what a .sit file is.

Also, when you send a whole folder by email (using Mail.app) it gets sent as a zip archive.



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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: macgizmo on Aug 03, '04 10:48:13AM

This feature has been around for many years as part of the Stuffit Magic Menu. It's in the prefs.

However, I also feel that the days of using Stuffit are pretty much over. While Stuffit Expander comes installed on every Mac, it's rarely included with Windows - so while it is cross-platform compatible, most Windows users can't or won't download and install it.

With OSX, we have Zip archiving built in, and Zip is compatible with Windows "out of the box." Plus, it's MUCH faster than StuffIt.

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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: foobar104 on Aug 03, '04 11:11:36AM

I'm going to second the "that's nice, but so what?" sentiment. Stuffit just doesn't do it for me any more. The very worst part about it is the fact that downloading a Stuffit-compressed file causes Stuffit Expander to pop to the foreground, driving your browser to the background. Zip archives don't do this, nor do disk images.



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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: Makoto on Aug 03, '04 03:28:26PM

Which browser are you using? You should be able to set it to save .sit/.sitx files to disk rather than opening them once they're downloaded... it's generally a good idea not to directly open anything from the net, anyway.

All my browsers are set to save all files to disk rather than open them. If you're using Safari, I think the "Open "safe" files after downloading" box in the General preferences tab should be unchecked (but if it's enabled, that would also mean disk images would be mounted, and you said that wasn't happening)



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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 04, '04 12:43:28PM

Expander works in the background for me... I can't imagine why yours pops to the front...

I give my vote for Stuffit also. A few more benefits. You can view inside archives with the CMM, and if you open a file in StuffitDeluxe, you can view and extract/compress individual files inside the archive.
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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: emale on Aug 03, '04 01:41:49PM

I also have to say that this is an old function mentioned in the documentation since StuffIt 7 or even earlier.
But I still use StuffIt very often. It has some advantages that MacOS X Software doesn't have. I use StuffItDeluxe with the MagicMenu - that's the easiest way to stuff something. Just select the file(s) in Finder and press the Shortcut <cmd>+<s> (Stuff) or <cmd>+<opt>+<3> to make a ZIP archive. NO need to open an extra application or add a suffix or open the contextual menu. All a click away. To unstuff any compressed file just press <cmd>+<u>

ZIP-Archives are also known on window machines: yes. But if there's WinZip installed to Zip and UnZip, WinZip will also recognize SIT-Archives.

One more point:Let's take a 6,2 MB File for example:

ZIP (Panther contextual menu): 2,4 MB
SIT (best compressin level): 2,1 MB
SITX (best compression level): 1,9 MB

DMG-Files are often used and I also like them for distributing software, but it's a much more work to make a (compressed!) DMG-File instead of pressing just <cmd>+<s> ;-)



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Automated StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 compression
Authored by: uid73397 on Aug 03, '04 11:17:46PM

AVR or Archive via Renaming is new to Stuffit Deluxe 8.0. It had been gone on the Mac OS X platform until now. It still remained if used in classic.

Look in your preferences panel under "Other".

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Why use stuffit ?
Authored by: _Gekko_ on Aug 04, '04 06:56:20AM

I prefer using stuffit ... It gives me the feeling using a mac. Moreover when I would be archiving platformSpecific things It's easy: I use .sit for preOSXstuff, sitx for OSX stuff, zip for pc, tgz for linux: it's hard to tell what OS "Application.zip" is intended for if everybody starts using .zip



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Why use stuffit ?
Authored by: ewelch on Aug 05, '04 12:53:17AM

I'm with you. I prefer using Stuffit when I can. I think it makes some archives smaller than .zip. Though in the cross-platform world I work in, I often just right-click and zip it.

But Stuffit Deluxe has another trick that's even better! Stuffit Express PE gives you the ability to automate, stuf and ftp/copy/move/etc. files with a drag to an icon. If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. It's kind of like the new automation feature Apple's adding to Tiger. Though not as intuitive.

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