Apple more or less destroyed Stuffit’s ubiquitous usage on Mac OS X with the built-in Zip archive tool. It’s an easy way to zip up files and folders into an archive with a simple right click. And, a simple double click unzips the archives contents. What’s wrong with that? Plenty.
The problem with Apple’s Zip archive too is that it doesn’t do much more than the description above. If you want to see the files and folders in the Zip archive file you have to double click it to open it up to view the files.
Or, you can add Archive Browser to your mac and the contents of a Zip archive without opening or unzipping the file first. Yes, that’s right. It lets you view what’s in the Zip archive, open files from inside the archive, and even preview files using OS X’s built-in Quick Look.
How great is that? Here’s what the Archive Browser looks like in use.
The app also handles more than just the standard Zip archive formats. It does RAR, Gzip, Bzip2, 7zip, Tar, and goes back to Stuffit, DiskDoubler and others.
As an extra bonus, the Archive Browser extracts media from Flash SWF files, pulls out photos and images from PDF files, and works well on CDs, DVDs, and other image files.
The app costs just a few dollars, but there’s a trial version available from the developer (and a sandboxed version on the Mac App Store). This is a very useful app, especially if you have archived files from yesteryear and you want to see what’s inside before opening the archive.