A way to look inside a Zip archive without opening the archive first.
Apple’s implementation of Zip requires you to open the archive to see what files and folders are inside. Add to, or delete a file, and you have to zip the whole mess up again. Bah, humbug. Windows does it right and builds the Zip archive and viewing right into Windows Explorer. If you’re a Mac user and mildly jealous, have no fear– Zipster is here.
The way Zipster works on a Mac is exactly the way you want Zip archives to work in OS X (but Apple doesn’t like to copy Windows, I guess). Zipster makes Zip archives on your Mac behave as if they were a folder of files. That’s it.
Copy and add or remove files in the Zip archive just as you would a folder. Zipster handles all the compressing and decompressing in background so it just works.
If you swap archives with Windows users they’ll be happy you used Zipster, too, because it gets rid of those messy .DS_Store files in the process.
Zipster even goes one better than Windows Zip because it lets you open and save files to a Zip archive on your Mac from within any application. Zipster is the way Apple should do Zip archives. The only negatives I’ve found so far is that Zipster is usable only on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and it works only on unencrypted Zip archives.
Otherwise, this Zip tool is the one to get so you can manage archives like a normal human being. You know, someone who has Windows on a PC but is envious of Mac users.