Archive Comparison Test - by Jeff Gilchrist
October 7, 2002 Macintosh Edition


This is the archiver index page for the DOS/Windows archivers tested in ACT. It contains links to the author's web page if available or to download the archiver itself, the author's e-mail address, information about the archiver such as compression algorithms used, special features available and minimum system requirements.

Features Legend:
A = Authentication Verification (Security Envelope)
E = Encryption (Ability to encrypt/garble files in archive with password)
M = Multi Disk Spanning (Ability to span an archive over two or more disks)
P = Data Protection Encoding (Stores Error Recovery Info)
S = Solid Archives (All files compressed together as one instead of individually)
X = SFX (Ability to create Self-Extracting Archives)

DropStuff
7.0

Sep. 2002

 

PowerPC

Shareware

Free Uncompress

Author: Aladdin Systems Inc.

E-mail: info@aladdinsys.com

Algorithm(s): LZ76 & Huffman variant, BWT, PPM

Features: E X

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: Creates: hqx, sea, sit, sitx

DropTar
7.0

Sep. 2002

 

PowerPC

Shareware

Free Uncompress

Author: Aladdin Systems Inc.

E-mail: info@aladdinsys.com

Algorithm(s): Burrows-Wheeler + Huffman, Shannon-Fano

Features: S

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: Creates: tbz, tgz, tar

DropZip
7.0

Sep. 2002

 

PowerPC

Shareware

Free Uncompress

Author: Aladdin Systems Inc.

E-mail: info@aladdinsys.com

Algorithm(s): LZW, Shannon-Fano, Huffman

Features: (none)

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: Creates: zip

Expander
7.0

Sep. 2002

5827 KB

PowerPC

Freeware

Free Uncompress

Author: Aladdin Systems Inc.

E-mail: info@aladdinsys.com

Algorithm(s): LZ76 & Huffman variant (fast mode), and proprietary non-lz based algorithm (max mode)

Features: (none)

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: arc, as, bin, btoa, bz, cpt, dd, gz, hqx, img, lzh, pf, pkg, rar, sea, sit, sitx, smi, spacesaver, tar, uue, Z, zip Creates: (none)

MacBzip2
0.0b2

Sep. 1999

192 KB

68k, PowerPC

Freeware

Free Uncompress with Source

Author: SPDsoft & Julian Seward

E-mail: MacSPD@ivo.cps.unizar.es

Algorithm(s): Burrows-Wheeler + Huffman

Features: (none)

Requires (min): MacOS 7.0, 68020

Expands: bz2 Creates: bz2

MacGZIP
1.1.3

Sep. 1999

156 KB

68k, PowerPC

Freeware

Free Uncompress with Source

Author: Jose Gutierrez

E-mail: MacSPD@ivo.cps.unizar.es

Algorithm(s): Shannon-Fano, Huffman

Features: (none)

Requires (min): MacOS 7.0

Expands: gz Creates: gz

MacRAR
2.5b5

Apr. 2000

576 KB

68k, PowerPC

Shareware

Free Uncompress

Author: Guillaume Dufay & Eugene Roshal

E-mail: macrar@free.fr

Algorithm(s): LZ77 Variant + Huffman

Features: A E P S

Requires (min): MacOS 7.0

Expands: rar Creates: rar

MacTAR
4.2.1

Oct. 1999

72 KB

68k, PowerPC

Freeware

Free Uncompress

Author: Joe Strout

E-mail: joe@strout.net

Algorithm(s): N/A

Features: S

Requires (min): MacOS 7.0

Expands: tar Creates: tar

PKZIP (Mac)
2.03

Jan. 1998

152 KB

68k, PowerPC

Shareware

No Free Uncompress

Author: Ascent Solutions Inc.

E-mail: support@asizip.com

Algorithm(s): LZW, Shannon-Fano, Huffman

Features: A E

Requires (min): ???

Expands: zip Creates: zip

SmartZip
1.0.1

Sep. 1999

372 KB

68k, PowerPC

Shareware

No Free Uncompress

Author: Vampire Software

E-mail: info@vampiresoft.com

Algorithm(s): LZW, Shannon-Fano, Huffman

Features: (none)

Requires (min): ???

Expands: zip Creates: zip

Stuffit Deluxe
7.0

Sep. 2002

15200 KB

PowerPC

Commercial

No Free Uncompress

Author: Aladdin Systems Inc.

E-mail: info@aladdinsys.com

Algorithm(s): LZ76 & Huffman variant, BWT, PPM

Features: E M P S X

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: applesingle, arc, bin, bz, bz2, cpt, dd, gz, hqx, img, lha, mime, pf, pit, pkg, rar, sea, sit, sitx, smi, spacesaver, tar, uue, Z, zip Creates: applesingle, bin, bz, bz2, gz, hqx, lha, pkg, sea, sit, sitx, tar, uue, Z, zip

ZIPIT
2.1

Aug. 2001

648 KB

68k, PowerPC

Shareware

No Free Uncompress

Author: Tom Brown

E-mail: help@maczipit.com

Algorithm(s): LZW, Shannon-Fano, Huffman

Features: E M X

Requires (min): MacOS 8.6

Expands: zip Creates: zip


Features Legend:
A = Authentication Verification (Security Envelope)
E = Encryption (Ability to encrypt/garble files in archive with password)
M = Multi Disk Spanning (Ability to span an archive over two or more disks)
P = Data Protection Encoding (Stores Error Recovery Info)
S = Solid Archives (All files compressed together as one instead of individually)
X = SFX (Ability to create Self-Extracting Archives)

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