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Zipping can ruin files.
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 30, '06 08:11:55AM

Depending on what version of OS X you are using, zipping files can render then useless. I see ruined PostScript fonts sent to my job all the time. The zipping strips the file of its resource fork, and the fonts all come out as 0k.

Tiger seems to be OK, as I think Panther was. Earlier versions do not retain the resource data.

I stuff all my files. I have had zero problems with Stuffit Deluxe.

The problem with the MIME files is not Stuffit's fault. They have no application assigned to them, nor does there seem to be a way, other than giving them a type/creator code using something like Quick Change.

On my system they come out as text files, even with .mime or .mim at the end.

Te problem here is due to OS X handling files based on the file name extension. If a file says .txt, OS X thinks it's a text file, unless there is type/creator meta data.

The same type of confusion arises when dealing with something like an EPS file. OS X assigns one application for them, even though Photoshop and Illustrator EPS files are quite different.

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