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Old 08-02-2009, 11:35 AM   #28
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Actually, there is one slight advantage to using Stuffit (even to make zip archives) rather than OSX's zip function: the OSX Finder zip makes archives that include the OSX "resource forks", which are invisible files (on Macs); if you give the resulting zip file to someone with a Windows PC, they will see these files, which have names beginning with a period, such as "._trashes" and "._yourfilename". This can confuse some Windows users no end. Stuffit has an option you can set to strip these files prior to making the zip archive.

Also, I occasionally get email attachments that are encoded with an offbeat format, such as UUencode. Stuffit is able to decode these and make them usable.

But as others have suggested, I rarely or never use the .sit compression anymore, even though it supposedly (according to Stuffit's advertising) makes files slightly more compact than does .zip.

   
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