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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives Apps
This seems pretty simple, but I didn't know about it. I have Stuffit Deluxe 8 installed, and I just realized you could select files and folder in the finder, and hit cmd +s to create a stuffit archive of your selections. That's so cool. I just wish there was a pref to change it to zip (I use zip more than sit).
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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: joey03 on Dec 20, '04 09:37:30AM

I can't believe that this was published as a hint. The command-key equivalent command-S for "stuff" exists only when MagicMenu is running, and it's not modifiable.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: arosen on Dec 20, '04 10:57:00AM

You can set a keyboard shortcut for Ziping files.
Just go to Keyboard/Mouse prefs and add a keyboard shortcut for "Create Archive" in the Finder app. One has to logout in order for changes to take effect



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: leisuremonkey on Dec 20, '04 03:22:08PM

That's good to know, thanks for the tip. I personally use Stuffit because I have noticed that zip files created using Panther's "create archive" feature contains invisible files that become visible when unzipped on a PC. It usually confuses my clients.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 26, '04 07:40:33PM

"You can set a keyboard shortcut for Ziping files.
Just go to Keyboard/Mouse prefs and add a keyboard shortcut for "Create Archive" in the Finder app. One has to logout in order for changes to take effect"

Tried it. Won't work. I'm guessing it's because the menu item is different if you select more than one file: "Create archive of 3 items", or "Create archive of 113 items", for example.


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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: leisuremonkey on Dec 20, '04 03:18:32PM

I was the one who submitted this hint. I'm sorry people felt that it wasn't worthy of publishing. I personally don't think that every hint needs to be a system-level hack that only die-hard geeks will appreciate. Sometimes, they can just be little productivity tips for a specific app. I personally appreciate those hints.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: covvie on Dec 23, '04 02:32:01AM

Hints that are specific to an app need to clearly state the app requirement, and this one doesn't. Cmd-S does nothing in the Finder on a normal Panther install.

I like the hint, but dislike the fact that the requirements are not documented properly. As such, the hint as it stands isn't very helpful. Only on reading others replies did I find out that I now need to go look for MagicMenus and see what it is in order to take advantage of this.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: billabOng on Dec 20, '04 01:33:37PM

This is a hint??

Command-Option-3 will create a zip file when Magic Menu is installed.



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applescript tool to make zip/bzip archives
Authored by: SOX on Dec 20, '04 01:37:32PM
the following applescript makes tar-bzip2 archives out of any selected folder. put it in your finder tool bar or add it to the action menu. select a folder and then click the tool.

you can modify it to make zip files too of course. But zip and bzip are not natively aware of HFS file resource forks/meta data.

tell application "Finder"
  try
    activate
    set frontWin to folder of front window as string
    set frontWinPath to (get POSIX path of frontWin)
    do shell script "perl -we '$x = \"" & frontWinPath &
      "\"; die \"aborting: can not parse \n$x\n\" unless 
      $x =~ m(^(.*/)([^/]*)/$);$a = quotemeta($x);$d = 
      quotemeta($1);$t= quotemeta($2);$y = $t.\".tbz2\";die 
      \"aborting: source is not a folder\n$x\n\" unless  
      -d $1 and -d $x;  die \"aborting:  target exists\n 
      $y\n\" if -f \"$d/$y\";$command = \"cd  $a/.. && 
      tar --bzip2 -cf $y $t\"; exec $command '"
    on error error_message
      beep
    display dialog error_message buttons 
     {"OK"} default button 1
  end try
  activate
end tell
end run
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: I have seriously modified the above script so that it will display in a much narrower fashion. If you're using this script, you'll need to modify the do shell script... line. Remove every line break, replacing each with a single space. The end of the script is the line that starts with tar --bzip2....

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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: leisuremonkey on Dec 20, '04 03:23:30PM

I was the one who submitted this hint. I'm sorry people felt that it wasn't worthy of publishing. I personally don't think that every hint needs to be a system-level hack that only die-hard geeks will appreciate. Sometimes, they can just be little productivity tips for a specific app. I personally appreciate those hints.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: ricbob on Dec 20, '04 03:58:08PM

I agree. Sometimes the simplest "hints" are the most useful. Thank you.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: macmath on Dec 20, '04 06:02:05PM

I agree with you too. It as much or more drive space to store someone's whine about the hint as it does to store the hint. It takes just as much or more bandwidth for me to bring the whines to my broswer as it does for me to bring the hint. Etc.

If someone is really so worried about their precious (reading or writing) time, bandwidth, screen space, or about Rob's drive space, then they should ignore the hint and go on to something else.

Now if they're wanting to prove to me that they're a power user by the kinds of hints they can disdain, they'd be better off submitting a power hint. The only thing their disdain shows me is that they have too much time, bandwidth, and screen space on their hands and too little of a life.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: billabOng on Dec 21, '04 11:27:27PM

You may be right about that, but I still regard tips that can be 'discovered' by clicking on a menu as weak.



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No argument with you there.
Authored by: macmath on Dec 22, '04 10:07:55AM

I've no argument with you there. My argument is only with people who go out of their way to spend more time and a similar amount of electrons and bandwidth just to make someone else feel bad and themselves feel superior.



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Dec 20, '04 04:09:45PM

And Command-U unstuffs a file. I use this every day. You can choose to zip instead of stuff (Command-Option 3), but why exactly would you want to do that? It has no benefits over Stuffing.

The Stuffit version of Zip is exactly the same as on a PC. If you are dealing with some Mac files that have resource forks, such as PostScript fonts, or even application or plugin bundles, then the act of zipping them will render them useless, as it strips off the resource fork, and makes bundles into folders. There was a thread on this at MacinTouch just recently.

Apple's version of Zip, which is located under the File menu (Create Archive) works with forked files, but only if you use the built in unzipping (BOMArchiveHelper) and not Stuffit, to unzip them, and then only on Panther.

Personally I use Apple's Zip for unzipping all zip files, but for general archiving I use Stuffit's SitX format. It's smaller than zip files and works with all Mac files.

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All Mac files?
Authored by: _merlin on Dec 20, '04 04:51:48PM

The Stuffit SitX format will not save permissions properly. Everything seems to come out with rwxr-xr-x after unstuffing it. Also, it won't handle HFS+ arbitrary named forks (although no archiving tool seems to handle this).



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Use Command-S to create Stuffit archives
Authored by: hjsalberg on Dec 24, '04 07:11:13AM

I tried this hint and it didn't work until I enabled Magic Menu Command keys in the preferences.



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