StuffIt Expander

Infobox Software
name = StuffIt Expander



caption =
developer = Allume Systems
latest release version = 13
latest release date = 2008-09-17
latest preview version =
latest preview date =
operating_system = Mac OS, Mac OS X, Linux x86, Windows
platform =
genre = File Extractor/Decompressor
license = Freeware
website = [http://www.stuffit.com/ Stuffit Homepage]

StuffIt Expander is a commercial, closed source data compression software utility developed by Allume Systems (formerly Aladdin Systems). There are freeware clients on some platforms that can do unpacking only. It runs in Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Linux x86/UNIX. It does not compress files. As of October 2007, the latest Macintosh version is 12.0, which requires Mac OS X v10.4. Version 10.0.2 runs on Mac OS X v10.3, and version 8.0.2 runs on Mac OS X v10.0-Mac OS X v10.2. The latest version for Mac OS 9 is 7.0.3. [ [http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/exp-downloadv.html Download Free Trials ] ] StuffIt has been a target of criticism and dissatisfaction from Mac users in the past as the file format changes frequently, notably during the introduction of StuffIt version 5.0. Expander 5.0 contained many bugs, and its file format was not readable by the earlier version 4.5, leaving Mac users of the time without a viable compression utility.

The latest stand-alone version for Windows is 12.0 [ [http://my.smithmicro.com/win/stuffitexpander/index.html Stand alone version of Stuffit Expander 12] ] , but it only decompresses the new .sitx (and ZIP) archives and requires .NET v2.0 framework. The last version able to decompress .sit and other Mac OS specific archives was 7.02 distributed with StuffIt v7.0.x for Windows. In versions 7.5.x to 11 the "Expander" capabilities are actually performed by the StuffIt Standard Edition, that allows decompression even after the end of the trial period. To start StuffIt in "Expander" mode the following command line switches were used: -expand -uiexpander. [ [http://support.smithmicro.com/techsupport/kb.cfg/php.exe/enduser/std_adp.php?p_sid=c6x18Eei&p_lva=&p_faqid=1562&p_created=1141697602&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9ncmlkc29ydD0mcF9yb3dfY250PTEzJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9ZXhwYW5kZXImcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT0zJnBfcHJvZF9sdmwxPTU3JnBfcHJvZF9sdmwyPTU5JnBfY2F0X2x2bDE9fmFueX4mcF9jYXRfbHZsMj1_YW55fiZwX3NvcnRfYnk9ZGZsdCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li= Answer ] ] Note that the registration reminder dialogue box is not shown in this case.

There is also a command line DOS application UNSTUFF v1.1 that allows decompression of .sit files.

Expander decompresses files in the following formats:

* A to B (.btoa)
* AppleLink Package (.pkg)
* AppleSingle (.as)
* Arc (.arc)
* BinHex (.hqx), all versions
* bzip (.bzip, .bz, .bz2, .tbz)
* Compact Pro (.cpt)
* Disk Copy disk images
* DiskDoubler (.dd)
* gzip (.gz, .tgz)
* LHA (.lha, .lzh)
* MacBinary (.bin), all versions
* MIME/Base 64 (.mime)
* Private File (.pF), Aladdin's encryption file format
* RAR (.rar)
* ShrinkWrap disk images (only the Classic Mac OS versions support these files)
* StuffIt (.sit, .sitx, .sea) v1.5.1 to 8.0.x, including encrypted archives
* tar (.tar)
* Unix Compress (.Z, .taz)
* UU (.uu, .uue, .enc), PC/Unix 8 bit to 7 bit encoding similar to BinHex (.hqx)
* ZIP (.zip), including encrypted archives and PKWare's Deflate64.

References

External links

* [http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/index.html Stuffit Expander homepage]


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