Built-in to OS X was a zip Archive feature. Right-click on a file or folder, and the Archive tool would zip up the contents. Typical Apple. Simple. Elegant. Free.
But also devoid of all sorts of handy features that make archiving files the national pastime of geekier-than-thou Mac users. What the Mac needs is an archive tool of substance. Not just to zip or unzip files, but with options– view files inside, character encoding, shortcuts, encryption, and more.
Almost to the top of my Mac bucket list is Entropy, an archiver app for OS X which is more like what Apple should have included on the Mac.
Entropy gives you more compression and archive options than Apple’s built-in version and it integrates nicely with the Finder.
Simply select a file or folders and right click to view additional archiving options. Of course, drag and drop works, too.
Entropy also has presets so you can archive according to specific needs with a single click.
You can view the contents of archives and even edit the name of files all without opening the archive first.
For geekier Mac users there’s options for encryption, bookmarks, password management, and even AppleScript support.
If an archive is really huge and contains a gazillion files, no problemo. Entropy gives you an option to search an archive without opening it.
Not every Mac user needs these functions. OS X’s built-in Archive app works fine for most of us, but once you’ve used an app like Entropy you will understand more of the joys of Mac geekery.