Using StuffIt Deluxe

Using StuffIt Deluxe
Users Guide
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System Requirements:
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 or
Mac OS X 10.1 or better
Any Power Macintosh computer
At least 32Mb of RAM
At least 20Mb of disk space
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StuffIt Deluxe Team Credits
Product Manager
Matthew Covington
Engineers
Chris Silverberg
Mitch Jones
Mike Halpin
John Daub
Serge Volkoff
Claude Vezina
Eric Long
Dave Swan
Rosyna
Evan Gross
Test Engineers
James Feathers
Arnoldo Miranda
Wesley Herchkorn
Dylan Hobor
Dave Castro
Logan Young
Eric Hauptman
Jeremy Morrison
Documentation
Matthew Covington
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PR
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Manufacturing
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Marketing
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Support Lead
Peter Tempel
Special Thanks
Peter Thomas
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Our Beta Testers
You (for buying this product)
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The StuffIt X Revolution
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Chapter 4: The “How To...” Chapter
Chapter 5: StuffIt Expander™
Chapter 6: DropStuff™
Chapter 7: DropZip™
Chapter 8: DropTar™
Chapter 9: Other Drag & Drop Applications
Chapter 10: The StuffIt Deluxe Application™
Chapter 11: ArchiveSearch™
Chapter 12: StuffIt Express™ Personal Edition
Chapter 13: StuffIt “CM” and Magic Menu™
Chapter 14: TFI™ and Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x
Chapter 15: Microsoft Word Integration
Chapter 16: Command Line Tools
Chapter 17: StuffIt Reference
Chapter 18: Automating StuffIt Deluxe
Chapter 19: Q & A
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Welcome to
StuffIt Deluxe!
Thank you!
All of us at Aladdin Systems would like to thank you for buying this
version of StuffIt Deluxe. Please take the time to register your purchase
with Aladdin when prompted to do so by the software. Registration entitles
you to technical support, and will also ensure that you are notified when
updates to the product become available.
We appreciate your business and your continued support.
About This Users
Guide
This Users Guide is designed to provide you with information about using
StuffIt Deluxe, step-by-step tutorials that cover common tasks, and
answers to common questions. If you have never used StuffIt Deluxe
before, or need a refresher course on the basics, we recommend that you
read the “Getting Started” chapter before you start using the software. The
Quick Start Guide is also a great source of quick and easy information to
get you going. Otherwise, the information in this guide is designed to be
accessed as and when it is needed.
The information in this guide assumes that you are familiar with the basics
of using your Macintosh. If you are new to the Macintosh as well as new to
StuffIt Deluxe, we recommend that you review the documentation that
came with your computer before you continue reading this guide.
About StuffIt
Deluxe
StuffIt Deluxe is a file compression program that allows you to decompress
the files you download from the Internet, and compress the files or folders
you want to send to other people online. You can also use StuffIt to create
backups of your files, allowing you to fit more information onto a backup
disk, such as a Zip disk or CD ROM. StuffIt Deluxe also features tools that
allow you to work with files in archives in the same was as you would
work with files in folders, and also includes powerful file transfer utilities
that let you compress and transfer files in a single step.
What’s New in
this version
This version of StuffIt Deluxe makes an exciting turning point in the
history of the StuffIt family; it is the first version that makes use of ATOM
compression technology. In addition to creating archives in the older StuffIt
(.sit) format, this version of StuffIt Deluxe also allows you to make
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archives using the StuffIt X format. For more information, see “Chapter 2:
The StuffIt X Revolution” on page 6.
StuffIt X (.sitx) archives provide the following benefits:
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Best available software file compression
Available Error Correction to repair damaged archives
Strong 512bit Encryption
Support for archives larger than 2Gb
Support for long file names
StuffIt archives also now offer support for long Mac OS X file names.
StuffIt Deluxe 7.0 also offers the following new features:
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StuffIt Add-Ins for Microsoft Office
Mac OS X Command Line tools
Browse and Manipulate Zip archives
Improved Zip compression
Search for files in Zip archives using Archive Search
Search for files in StuffIt X (.sitx) archives using Archive
Search
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Chapter 2: The StuffIt X Revolution
Overview
StuffIt X is a revolutionary new archive file format powered by Aladdin’s
exclusive ATOM™ compression technology. The new StuffIt X file format
integrates compression with security and safety options to meet the
requirements of business and today's digital lifestyle.
StuffIt X is name of the new format, and StuffIt X archives have a file
extension of .sitx. You can use StuffIt X archives on any version of the Mac
OS from 8.6 to 9.x, and any version of Mac OS X 10.1 or later. You can
also use StuffIt X archives on Windows.
Whether you’re sending critical documents to business partners, or
vacation pictures to your family, StuffIt X is your best solution. In addition
to making the smallest possible archives, StuffIt X offers you strong 512bit
encryption to protect your files should they fall into the wrong hands, and
also features available error correction that helps to prevent data loss in the
event that your archives become corrupt as a result of transfer errors or bad
media.
StuffIt X archives cannot be expanded by older versions of StuffIt Deluxe
or StuffIt Expander. In order to expand a StuffIt X archive, your recipient
must have a copy of at least StuffIt Expander 7.0 installed. To make your
life easier, Aladdin provides StuffIt Expander for free to any Macintosh or
PC user. If you the StuffIt Deluxe CD, you’ll find a copy of StuffIt
Expander for Macintosh and Windows included. If you need a copy of
StuffIt Expander, visit our website: http://www.stuffit.com/expander
The value of
compression
The StuffIt X file format is designed to provide state of the industry
compression. When you create archives using the StuffIt X file format you
should expect to see upto a 20% improvement over the existing StuffIt
(.sit) format, and upto a 40% improvement over Zip (.zip).
Note: The amount of compression you will see will vary depending
on the type of data you are compressing. Typically text files compress the best, and files that contain already compressed data (such
as MP3 music files or JPEG pictures) will not be compressed as
well.
Even with Macintosh computers shipping with the minimum of a 10Gb
hard drive, compression still has an important role to play in the general
computing tasks that you perform everyday. Every time you download
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send a file to someone over the Internet, you can save time by first
compressing that file. The smaller the file, the more quickly it can be
transferred.
If you are hosting files for other people to download over the Internet the
size of the file you provide is especially important. Most Internet Providers
charge in such a way that the more kb of data users download from your
site, the more money it will cost you to host. Even if you being charged a
fixed fee to serve a small web site, your ISP has probably set a maximum
bandwidth allowance that limits the number of Megabytes of data that can
be downloaded from your site. Using StuffIt X to compress your files
allows you to maximize your bandwidth without having to increase your
cost.
The StuffIt X
advantage
While better compression is an important feature of the StuffIt X, what
makes the format a significant leap forward are all the enhanced file
security features that are also included.
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Strong Encryption: The StuffIt X file format provides 512 bit
encryption to protect your sensitive data. This is a significant
improvement over the 40 bit encryption offered by the StuffIt
and Zip formats.
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Error Recovery: Users looking to protect their files against
corruption can choose to create StuffIt X archives with error
recovery. If your archives become corrupted as a result of
transfer errors or bad media, StuffIt can recover the missing
information.
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StuffIt X
Compression
Options
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Support for large archive size: StuffIt and Zip archives are
each subject to a file size limitation that prevents you from
creating an archive larger than 2Gb in size. The StuffIt X file
format has no such limitation, and will allow you to create
archives that are up to terabytes in size.
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Support for long file names: StuffIt X archives
The StuffIt X file format provides you with many choices when you
compress your files. While the default compression level provides the best
option for general usage, StuffIt Deluxe offers some advanced options for
specific applications and tasks:
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Fast: The fast setting, when used for StuffIt X archives, uses a
compression method that is optimized for binaries (such as
applications) and decompression speed. File compression is
typically a trade off between size and speed, so the cost of fast
file compression and decompression is that the archive will be
of a larger size.
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Medium: The medium setting, when used for StuffIt X, uses a
compression method that attempts to strike a balance in
between the final size of the archive and the compression and
decompression speed. This is the default compression method
used when you create a StuffIt X archive and is best for general
usage.
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Maximum: The Maximum setting, when used for StuffIt X,
will create archives that are optimized for size. Compression
and Decompression will take a little longer, but the final archive
size should be significantly smaller. Maximum compression
will provide the best overall compression when text in being
compressed.
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Optimal (DropStuff Only): The Optimal compression setting
provides a way for those looking for the best possible
compression, and who are prepared to take the time to archive
this, to create the smallest possible archives. The Optimal
Compression method employes special ATOM technology that
attempt to predict which of the available compression methods
will provide the best possible compression for the current file.
The extra time that Optimal takes to compress, is largely taken
up by the process through which StuffIt chooses which
compression method to use.
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How to Create
StuffIt X archives
By default, StuffIt Deluxe is configured to use the older StuffIt (.sitx)
format when creating archives, but we’ve also made it easy for you to
change the compression method to StuffIt Deluxe.
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Command Line
DropStuff: Open the DropStuff preferences dialog and click
the Stuffing icon in the toolbar. From the Archive Type pop-up
menu choose “StuffIt X”.
Magic Menu and StuffIt Contextual Menu: Choose
Preferences from either the StuffIt Contextual menu or the
Magic Menu. Click the StuffIt icon in the toolbar, and choose
“StuffIt X” from the StuffIt archive Format pop-up menu.
StuffIt Deluxe: When you created a new archive using StuffIt
Deluxe choose “StuffIt X” from the Archive Type pop-up
menu.
To access the full range of options made available in the StuffIt X format,
use the new StuffIt Command Line Tools. For more information, see
“Chapter 16: Command Line Tools” on page 87
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Chapter 3: Getting Started
Overview
This chapter is designed to provide information for new users. If you've
never used StuffIt Deluxe before, this chapter will tell you everything you
need to know about expanding the files you download from the Internet,
compressing files to save space, and sending files to other people using
email.
StuffIt Expander :
The Basics
StuffIt Expander™ is used to expand the archived,
compressed, or encoded documents you receive from
others, over the network, on the Internet, or on a disk.
When you download files from the Internet, you'll find
that they are typically packaged in a StuffIt archive.
Anytime you see a file with “.sit” at the end of the file
name, you're dealing with a StuffIt archive that contains
other files. The best way to understand what an archive is, and why they
are used so often, is to imagine that a file posted on the Internet is just like
an item you would send through the regular mail. Just as you take
precautions when sending a vase through the mail, by carefully packaging
it so that it won't get broken, so when you send files to people over the
Internet you should protect the file against damage by placing it in a StuffIt
archive. Plus, because putting a file in a StuffIt archive makes it smaller,
the file takes less time to transfer.
Expander is the application you use to open a .sit archive. The easiest way
to use StuffIt Expander is to “Drag and Drop” the file you want to open, on
top of the StuffIt Expander icon that was created on the desktop when you
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installed the product. When you drag and drop the file on top of StuffIt
Expander, the application will launch, and expand the item inside the
archive. By default, the item in the archive will be created in the same
folder as the archive itself. For example, if you download a file from the
Internet to your desktop, and then drag and drop that file on top of StuffIt
Expander, the item inside the archive will also be placed on the desktop. If
the archive you are expanding contains multiple items, they will be placed
in a new folder that will be created in the same location as the archive you
are expanding.
In addition to opening StuffIt Archives, you can use StuffIt Expander to
open just about any compressed or encoded file you encounter on the
Internet. Expander can open StuffIt, StuffIt X, Zip, and Tar archives, and
BinHex, MacBinary, Mime, and UU encoded files, and many, many more.
See “Supported Archive Formats” on page 91 in Chapter 17 for a list of all
supported file formats.
In addition to expanding all the files in an archive, you can also choose to
expand only the files you need. To expand individual files from a larger
archive you would use the StuffIt Deluxe application. See “How do I
Extract Files from an Archive?” on page 18 in Chapter 4 for more
information
DropStuff:
The Basics
DropStuff™ is the counter part to StuffIt Expander. Just
as you use StuffIt Expander to open compressed and
encoded files, so you use DropStuff to create archives
from your files and folders. You can use DropStuff to
create archives in StuffIt (.sit) and StuffIt X (.sitx)
formats.
Typically, you'll want to use DropStuff to compress your files whenever
you're posting them on the Internet, or whenever you're making backup
copies of your files. When you're sending files over the Internet,
compressing files to make them smaller means that it will take you less
time to upload the file, and it will also take the person receiving the file less
time to download and open it. Anyone on any type of computer can open
StuffIt archives, just point them to http://www.stuffit.com to download the
FREE StuffIt Expander software they'll need.
DropStuff works exactly like StuffIt Expander (see above), except that it
creates archives rather than expanding them. The easiest way to use
DropStuff is to drag and drop the files you want to compress on to the
DropStuff icon that was created on the Desktop during the installation. The
files and folders you dragged onto the icon will be compressed into a new
StuffIt archive. The archive will be created in the same location as the files
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and folders you dropped onto DropStuff. For example, if you drag a folder
called “Pictures” from your documents folder onto DropStuff, you will find
a new file call “Pictures.sit” in your documents folder.
By default, DropStuff is configured with settings that are best for everyday
use. DropStuff can be configured, however, to create archives for specific
purposes. The two options you'll likely want to use most often are SelfExtracting archives, and Encrypted archives.
DropStuff:
Self-Extracting
Archives
Self-Extracting archives are special types of StuffIt archives that can be
opened without StuffIt Expander. To open a self-extracting archive (.sea)
simply double click the file. To create a self-extracting archive you'll need
to open the DropStuff preferences dialog. To do so, choose Preferences
from the DropStuff menu in OSX, or Preferences from the Edit menu in
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2.
Check the “Make self-extracting” check-box to tell DropStuff to make selfextracting archives, and use the toggle menu to specify the Operating
System on which the SEA will be used. Because self-extracting archives
use application code, they have to be made differently depending on the
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Operating System on which they will be used. DropStuff allows you to
make self-extracting archives for the Mac OS and Windows. SelfExtracting archives for Mac OS will be created with “.sea” at the end of the
file name, and self-extracting archives for Windows will be created with
“.exe” at the end of the file name.
Tip: Even though self-extracting archives for Windows (.exe) will
only self-extract on a PC, they can be opened on a Mac. To open a
Windows self-extracting archive on a Macintosh, drag and drop the
file on the StuffIt Expander icon. This type of file can therefore be
used when you’re not sure if the recipients are using a Mac or a PC.
DropStuff:
Encrypted
Archives
When you are sending sensitive files to other people, you can use
encryption to protect them with a password. This means that if someone
other than your intended recipient receives the archive that the files are
stored in, they will not be able to open it and gain access to your
documents. To tell DropStuff to protect your archives with encryption,
you'll need to open the Preferences dialog. To do so, choose Preferences
from the DropStuff menu in OSX, or Preferences from the Edit menu in
Classic version of the Mac OS.
Check the "Encrypt Archives with Password" check box (see above) to tell
DropStuff to add a password to your archives when they are created. When
you drag and drop files on DropStuff, you will be prompted to enter the
password you would like to use.
Warning: When you create an encrypted archive, be sure to make a
careful note of the password that you used. Aladdin Systems is not
able to recover the contents of an encrypted archive if the password
has been lost. There is no “Back Door”.
StuffIt
Contextual
Menu:
The Basics
The StuffIt Contextual Menu provides you with a way to access the power
of StuffIt Deluxe without having to launch any of the StuffIt applications. It
creates a special icon in the menu bar of the OS. To access the contextual
menu, hold down the Control (Ctrl) key while clicking a file. After you
install StuffIt Deluxe, you should see a new "StuffIt" Menu appear in the
contextual menu.
Compressing with
StuffIt CM
You can use the StuffIt Contextual Menu (or “CM”) to compress files into a
new StuffIt archives, and you can also use StuffIt CM to make archives in
other formats as well. To compress using the StuffIt contextual menu, hold
down the Control (Ctrl) key, and click the file you want to compress.
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Choose “Stuff” from the StuffIt contextual menu to compress the selected
file or folder into a StuffIt archive.
You can choose to
compress files and
folders using an archive
format other than StuffIt,
by using StuffIt CM’s
“Archive” sub-menu.
Under the Archive
submenu you will be able
to create Zip archives,
Tar archives, and Lha
archives. You will also
see various options here
that allow you to further
encode an archive you
have created.
You can also make selfextracting archives from
StuffIt contextual menu.
Select the file or folder you want to make into a self-extracting archive and
then choose either "Mac OS" or “Windows” from the “Make selfextracting” sub-menu.
Encoding with
StuffIt CM
The StuffIt Contextual Menu also allows you to encode files. Use encoding
when you want to post files to a News Group, or when you want to send
them via E-mail. You should also use encoding when you are posting a
Macintosh file that contains a resource fork (such as a Macintosh
application, or a self-extracting StuffIt archive) to a web site for other Mac
users to download. Typically, when you send files via E-mail, or upload
them to an FTP site for access over the Internet, you'll find that the
application you use to post or E-mail will encode the files for you.
To Encode files using the StuffIt contextual menu, Control (Ctrl) click the
file, and use the "StuffIt" menu to access the "Encode" sub menu.
Tip: You can only encode single files. If you need to post a folder
full of files, and need to use encoding, first compress the folder into
an archive, and then encode that archive. You can perform this task
in a single step, for example, by choosing Stuff and BinHex from the
Archive menu in the Magic Menu, or the StuffIt contextual menu.
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Setting Options
To configure how the various options in the Magic Menu and the StuffIt
context menu work, choose Preferences from the StuffIt Context menu. For
more information about changing settings using Menu Preferences, see “”
on page 77 in Chapter 13.
Stuff and Mail:
The Basics
The Magic Menu and the Contextual Menu also allow you to access one of
the most useful features of StuffIt Deluxe, Stuff and Mail. Stuff and Mail
allows you to compress a file or folder into a StuffIt archive, and then
automatically attach that folder to a new email message. To use Stuff and
Mail, select the file or folder you want to send, and then choose "Stuff and
Mail" from the Magic Menu. You can use the StuffIt contextual menu by
Control (Ctrl) clicking the file, and choosing "Stuff and Mail" from the
StuffIt menu.
By default, Stuff and Mail will use the Mail client that is currently set as
the default on your system. For a new Macintosh, this will be Outlook
Express for Mac OS Classic, and Mail for Mac OS X. You can, however,
change the mail client that Stuff and Mail uses with the Menu Preferences
application. Stuff and Mail supports Apple E-mail, America Online, Claris
Emailer, Entourage, Eudora, Mailsmith, Outlook, Outlook Express,
Power- Mail, and QuickMail Pro.
After choosing Stuff and Mail, all you need to do is type the recipients Email address in the new message window, and click send.
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Chapter 4: The “How To...” Chapter
Overview
The information in this chapter is designed to help you get the most from
the StuffIt Deluxe package by providing “How To...” topics that cover
every day compression tasks. It assumes that you are already comfortable
with basic archiving tasks such as expanding archives and encoded files
with StuffIt Expander, and compressing files with DropStuff. If you need
information about these tasks, see “StuffIt Expander : The Basics” on
page 10 in Chapter 3 or “” on page 11 in Chapter 3 for more information.
The topics are organized around common questions that we've received
over the years about how to use some of the more popular features in
StuffIt Deluxe.
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How do I create
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StuffIt Deluxe
How do I make an archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application?
How do I browse the contents of an archive?
How do I extract files from an existing archive?
How do I add files to an existing archive?
How do I search for files in an archive?
How do I segment files into smaller pieces?
How do I add a comment to an archive?
How do I add a Return Receipt request to an archive?
How do I add a password (encrypt) an archive?
How do I scan for viruses when expanding archives?
How do I encode files?
How do I install Palm applications from an archive?
How do I create archives with error correction?
In addition to creating archives using DropStuff, the Magic Menu, and the
StuffIt Contextual Menu (as explained in the previous chapter), you can
also create archives using the StuffIt Deluxe application. When you create
an archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application, you first create a new empty
archive, and then add content. To create a new empty archive in the StuffIt
Deluxe application:
1. Launch StuffIt Deluxe
2. Click the “New” button on the StuffIt Deluxe toolbar
3. In the dialog that appears, choose a name and location for your
new archive. You can also use the “Archive Type” toggle menu
to select the format your new archive will use. You can create
StuffIt (.sit), Zip (.zip), or StuffIt X (.sitx) archives using the
StuffIt Deluxe application.
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Once you have named and saved your new archive, a new empty archive
window will appear. You can add content to your new archive by dragging
and dropping files or folders from the Finder into the new archive.
How Do I Browse
the contents of an
archive?
Often, when you receive an archive, you'll want to take a look at the files it
contains before you expand them. The StuffIt Deluxe application allows
you to do just that. When you open an archive with StuffIt Deluxe, rather
than StuffIt Expander, you will be able to browse through its contents in
much the same way you browse through the contents of a folder or a hard
drive. StuffIt Deluxe 7.0 allows you to open the contents of StuffIt archives
(.sit), StuffIt X archives (.sitx), and Zip archives (.zip).
When you have StuffIt Deluxe installed on your system, you can open
StuffIt and Zip archives for browsing by double clicking them.
When you have an archive open in the StuffIt Deluxe application, its
contents will be organized by folder. When you see a folder in the StuffIt
Deluxe application, you'll notice that a disclosure triangle is displayed
beside it. You can see the contents of a folder inside an archive by clicking
the disclosure triangle. In this respect, the view inside of an archive works
in much the same way as "List" view in the Mac OS. You can also display
the contents of a folder in a new window by double clicking it.
When you view the contents of an archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application,
various information about the files it contains are displayed to you. In
much the same way as you would find information about a file in the
Finder using the Mac OS List view, StuffIt Deluxe uses a column based
view to provide you with information about the files in an archive. The
StuffIt Deluxe application has columns available for Kind, Label, Date
Modified, Size, Compressed Size, and percent Saved. You can sort the list
view that StuffIt Deluxe uses to display the contents of an archive, by
clicking any of the column headers. To reverse the sort order, click the
same column heading a second time. You can choose what columns are
used by StuffIt Deluxe in the Preferences dialog. You can also drag
columns around to reorder them just as you can in the Finder.
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The window used by StuffIt Deluxe to display the contents of an archive
also displays additional information about the archive and the files it
contains. In the top right corner of the archive window, StuffIt Deluxe
calculates the size and compressed size of all the files in the archive, and
also provides an archive wide "percent saved" number.
If an archive contains items that have been encrypted with a password,
those items will be displayed with a key as part of their icon. You will need
to know the correct password in order to extract these items from an
archive.
The format of the current archive is displayed in the archive status bar.
Also in the Status bar are buttons that allow you to easily add edit or
remove Return Receipt requests and comments.
How do I Extract
Files from an
Archive?
The easiest way to extract a file from a StuffIt Deluxe archive is simply to
drag and drop the file you want to extract from the archive window to a
Finder window. After you've dropped the file to the desired location, a
progress bar will be displayed while StuffIt extracts the file from the
archive. You can extract multiple items using drag and drop by making
multiple selections in the archive window. You can click and drag within
the archive window to select multiple items that are next to each other in
the list. To select multiple items that are not next to each other in the list,
hold down the shift key while you are selecting files. When you have the
items you want to expand selected, drag and drop them to a Finder window.
You can also extract files from an archive by using the “UnStuff”
command. You can access the UnStuff command from the StuffIt Deluxe
Toolbar, from the Archive menu, and from the Context menu what appears
when you Control (Ctrl) click items in the archive Window. When you
extract using the UnStuff command, you will be prompted to select a
location to which files should be expanded.
Note: Files extracted from an archive are copies of the compressed
file in the archive. The compressed file remains in the archive
unless you choose to delete it.
If any of the items you are extracting have been encrypted with a password,
you will be prompted to enter the password before the items can be
extracted.
In addition to extracting files from an archive, you can also choose to
delete files from the archive. To delete, select the file you want to delete
and click the “Delete” button on the StuffIt Deluxe Toolbar.
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How do I Add
Files to an Existing Archive?
In addition to allowing you to browse and extract files from an open
archive, the StuffIt Deluxe application also allows you to add files to an
open archive. This feature is especially useful when you want to maintain
an archive with the latest versions of all your important documents.
The easiest way to add files to an archive open in StuffIt Deluxe is to drag
and drop them from a Finder window to the archive window. You can add
multiple items at once by making a multiple selection in the Finder and
dragging the files into the archive window. When you drop the files into the
archive, you will see a progress bar while the items are being compressed.
You can also add files to an archive using the "Stuff" command. The Stuff
command can be accessed from the StuffIt Deluxe Toolbar, from the
Archive menu, and from the context menu that appears when you Control
(ctrl) click items in the archive window. When you use the Stuff command,
you will be prompted to select the files to add to the archive in a Standard
file selection dialog.
If you have indicated that items should be encrypted with a password, you
will be prompted to enter the password before the items are compressed
into the archive.
In addition to adding files to a StuffIt archive, you can also rename, copy,
and move items that are stored in an archive. To rename an item, select a
file, and then click its name to activate the edit name text field. Click in the
text field to activate the cursor. To move a file, select the item you want to
move, and drag and drop it to its new location in the archive. To copy a file
in an archive, drag and drop while holding down the Option key. Again,
this works just like copying files in the Finder.
Note: StuffIt X (.sitx) archives can be created with redundancy. Creating archives with redundancy means that if they become damaged
due to transfer error or bad media, StuffIt can rebuild there contents. While you can open, browse, and extract files from a StuffIt X
archive created with redundancy in the StuffIt Deluxe application,
you cannot add new files, or other wise manipulate them.
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How Do I Search
for files in an
Archive?
The StuffIt Deluxe package includes an application called ArchiveSearch
that allows you to search for files located in archives in the same way that
you use Sherlock to search for files on your computer. You can launch
ArchiveSearch by choosing “Find” in the edit menu of the StuffIt Deluxe
application, or you can double click the ArchiveSearch application icon
which is located in the StuffIt Deluxe product folder.
When you launch ArchiveSearch, its default configuration will prompt you
to enter the name of the file you are looking for. When you enter the name,
and click Search, ArchiveSearch will look for a file that matches the name
you provided in StuffIt, StuffIt X, and Zip archives located on all available
local volumes.
When ArchiveSearch finds a matching item, the results window is
displayed. The results window displays a list of all matching items, when
you select a matching item the lower pane of the results window shows you
where the matching file can be found.
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When you Control (ctrl) click on a matching file, ArchiveSearch provides a
contextual menu that allows you to perform a variety of tasks.
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Close window: Closes the results window.
Open Item: Extracts the selected item from the archive, and
opens it. For applications, this will result in the application file
launching, and for documents, the document will open in its
parent application (if it is available).
Reveal Item: Opens the archive that contains the selected item,
and highlights the file in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Expand Item: Expands the selected item from the archive.
Expand to...: Expands the selected item from the archive. You
will be prompted to select a location to which the file should be
expanded.
Expand to Desktop: Expands the selected item from the
archive to the desktop folder.
Expand to Document folder: Expands the selected item from
the archive to the documents folder.
Copy Item Name: Copies the name of the selected item to the
clipboard.
If the matching item is encrypted with a password, you will have to enter
the password before you can open or expand it.
ArchiveSearch also provides many advanced search options that allow you
to refine the search. Click the "More Options" button to reveal the
additional options. Specify the advanced options in the ArchiveSearch
dialog in exactly the same way as you would for Sherlock searches on your
computer.
How Do I
Segment a File
into smaller
pieces?
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to create segmented archives. This feature is
useful if you need to split a large file into smaller pieces. Using the
Segment feature of StuffIt Deluxe you can take a large movie or sound file,
for example a 2Gb file, and split it up into smaller pieces so that you can
create a backup on CD-ROM. Segmenting is also useful if your E-mail
service limits the size of attachments you can send via E-mail. If your
E-mail service limits you to 1mb attachments, and you need to send a file
that compresses to 2mb, you can use the segment feature to split the file in
two, and attach it to two different E-mail messages.
The easiest way to segment a file is with DropSegment. You can find the
DropSegment application in the StuffIt Drag and Drop folder in the StuffIt
Deluxe product folder. To specify the size of the segments that
DropSegment will create, you must first open the Preferences dialog. To do
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this choose Preferences from the “Edit” menu (Mac OS Classic) or the
DropSegment menu (Mac OSX).
The Segment Size toggle menu includes many default options that
correspond to the size of popular types of backup media, such as CD
ROMS. You can also select a custom segment size by choosing “Other...”.
Click the “OK” button to confirm your selection. Drag and Drop the file
you want to segment on top of the DropSegment icon, or into the
DropSegment application window.
The segments that are created will be named .sit.1, .sit.2, etc. To expand
these segments, simply drag and drop them on top of StuffIt Expander.
StuffIt Segments are cross platform compatible, and they can be opened on
a Windows computer using StuffIt Standard Edition or StuffIt Deluxe. You
can also rejoin StuffIt segments on Linux and Solaris, using the version of
StuffIt available on those platforms.
Note: DropSegment does not compress your files before it breaks
them into pieces. Before you segment your file, we recommend first
compressing it into a StuffIt X (.sitx) archive. You may find that you
can compress your file to the desired size without having to segment
it.
You can also create segments using Magic Menu and the StuffIt Content
menu. To create a segment using the StuffIt contextual menu, Control (ctrl)
click the file you want to segment, and choose Segment from the Stuffit
menu. To segment using the Magic Menu, select the file you want to use,
and choose “Segment” from the Magic Menu. To select the segment sizes
choose Preferences from the StuffIt menu, or Magic Menu, and when the
Menu Preferences dialog is displayed, click the Segment icon from the
Preferences toolbar.
How Do I Add a
Comment to an
Archive?
Using the StuffIt Deluxe application, it is possible to add comments to
StuffIt, StuffIt X and Zip archives. Comments can be used for any number
of purposes, including providing information about the files the archive
contains, and instructions for their use. You can also use comments to
provide contact information so that the recipient can contact you if they
have questions.
To add a comment to your archive, you must first open the archive in the
StuffIt Deluxe application. When the archive is open, at the bottom left of
the archive window there are two pop-up buttons. One is used to add
Return Receipt requests, the other is used to add comments. Click the
comment button and choose "Edit". In the dialog that appears, type in your
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comments. Click the "OK" button to add the comment to your archive. You
can also use the "Edit" dialog to change existing comments.
How Do I Add a
Return Receipt
request to an
Archive?
StuffIt Deluxe supports a special feature where-by anybody opening an
archive you create will be prompted to send you an email to confirm that
they were able to successfully extract the contents. To enable this feature
(which is off by default) you need to add a Return Receipt request. Return
Receipts can be added either via the Magic Menu, the StuffIt contextual
menu or the StuffIt Deluxe application. To configure a Return Receipt, you
need to provide your name, your email address, and a comment that the
user will see when prompted to respond.
To add a return receipt request using StuffIt Deluxe:
1. First create the archive to which the return receipt will be
added, and then open that archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
2. From the Archive menu choose "Return Receipt->Add".
3. In the fields provided, enter your name, the email address to
which the Return Receipt should be sent, and a comment.
4. Click OK to add the return receipt to your archive.
Once a Return Receipt has been added to an archive you can also modify
and remove it from within the StuffIt Deluxe application.
To Modify a Return Receipt in an existing StuffIt archive:
1. Open the archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
2. From the Archive menu choose "Return Receipt->Modify
3. Make your changes, and click OK to save them.
To remove a Return Receipt in an existing StuffIt archive:
1. Open the archive in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
2. From the Archive menu choose "Return Receipt->Remove".
How Do I Create
an Encrypted
Archive?
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to protect your files by encrypting them with a
password as they are added to an archive. StuffIt Deluxe allows you to
create encrypted StuffIt, StuffIt X, and Zip archives using several different
methods.
Note: When you create archives with encrypting using StuffIt
Deluxe it is very important that you keep your password in a safe
place. If you loose your password you will not be able to expand the
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items in your archive. Aladdin is not able to recover the contents of
an encrypted archive if you have lost your password.
How Do I
Encrypt using
DropStuff?
StuffIt Deluxe supports strong encryption. When you use either DropStuff,
StuffIt Deluxe, Magic Menu, or the StuffIt contextual menu to create an
encrypted StuffIt X archive, strong 512bit encryption will automatically be
used.
Use the following steps to create an encrypted archive with DropStuff:
1. Launch DropStuff
2. Choose Preferences from the DropStuff menu (Mac OS X) or
from the Edit menu (Mac OS Classic).
3. Click the "Stuffing" icon.
4. Check the "Encrypt archives with password" box.
5. Click OK.
When you create archives with DropStuff when encryption is turned on,
you will be prompted to enter and confirm a password before you files are
compressed.
How Do I
Encrypt Using
DropZip?
Use the following steps to create an encrypted archive with DropZip:
1. Launch DropZip
2. Choose Preferences from the DropZip menu (Mac OS X) or
from the Edit menu (Mac OS Classic).
3. Click the "Zipping" icon.
4. Check the "Encrypt archives with password" box.
5. Click OK.
When you create archives with DropZip when encryption is turned on, you
will be prompted to enter and confirm a password before you files are
compressed.
How Do I
Encrypt Using
the Magic Menu?
Use the following Steps to create an encrypted archive with Magic menu
and StuffIt contextual menu:
1. Choose Preferences from the Magic Menu (click the desktop if
the Magic Menu is not currently available)
2. Click the "Compression" icon.
3. Check the "Encrypt archives with password" box.
4. Click OK.
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When you use the Magic Menu or the StuffIt contextual menu to create
Zip, StuffIt, or StuffIt X archives, you will be prompted to enter and
confirm a password.
How Do I
Encrypt Using
StuffIt Deluxe?
Use the following steps to create an encrypted archive with the StuffIt
Deluxe application:
1. Launch the StuffIt Deluxe application.
2. Choose Preferences from the StuffIt Deluxe menu (Mac OS X)
or from the Edit menu (Mac OS Classic).
3. Click the "Compression" icon.
4. Check the "Encrypt archives with a password" button.
When you add items to an archive using either drag and drop or the Stuff
command, you will be prompted to enter and confirm a password.
How Do I Encode
Files?
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to create encoded files, in addition to creating
archives. Encoding typically means that a file is translated from a binary
(such as an application) into a text file. Encoding is typically used when
you are posting files to a News Group, FTP server, or sending files via Email. For most file transfers it is not necessary to encode the files yourself,
for example when you send files via E-mail your E-mail client will perform
any necessary encoding for you. Sometimes, however, you will run in to
situations where you need to encode the file yourself before uploading it.
Note: It is not necessary to encode a StuffIt or StuffIt X archive that will be
made available via either a web site or an FTP server. These archive types
include only a single data fork and will not be damaged if they are stored
on a Windows or Unix file system.
StuffIt allows you to encode in the following formats: BinHex (.hqx),
MacBinary (.bin), UUEncode (.uu), and Mime/Base 64 (.mm). You can
only encode a single file at a time. If you need to encode multiple items and
need them to be contained in a single file, you should first compress your
files into a StuffIt archive, and then apply the encoding.
To encode using one of the above formats:
1. Select the file you want to encode.
2. From the Magic Menu choose the Encode menu.
3. Select the encoding method you want to use.
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You can also create encoded files from the StuffIt contextual menu. Control
(ctrl) click the file you want to encode, and choose the format you wish to
use from the StuffIt->Encoding menu.
How Do I Scan
for Viruses when
Expanding an
Archive?
StuffIt Expander includes a feature that allows you to automatically scan
files expanded from an archive with your Virus checking software.
Currently, StuffIt Expander supports scanning for viruses using Norton
AntiVirus, Virex, and Virus Barrier. You can choose another anti-virus
program by choosing “Other...” from the pop-up menu.
To scan files for viruses as they are expanded from an archive:
1. Launch StuffIt Expander.
2. Choose "Preferences" from the StuffIt Expander menu (Mac
OS X) or the Edit menu (Mac OS Classic).
3. Click the "Expanding" icon.
4. Check the "Scan for Viruses using..." check box.
5. Use the toggle menu to select the virus program that you have
installed.
6. Click OK.
The next time you expand an archive using StuffIt Expander, your Virus
utility will automatically be launched and your files will be scanned as they
are expanded.
How Do I Install
Palm
Applications from
Archives?
StuffIt Expander can automatically detect Palm applications located in
StuffIt archives, and launch them in the Palm Desktop Conduit so that they
will be installed the next time you sync your palm. To turn on this feature:
Launch StuffIt Expander.
"Choose Preferences" from the StuffIt Expander menu (Mac OS X) or the
Edit menu (Mac OS Classic)
Click OK.
The next time you expand an archive that contains a Palm application, that
application will be automatically set up so that it is installed next time you
sync your Palm.
How Do I Create
an Archive with
Error Correction?
When you are creating archives in StuffIt X (.sitx) format, StuffIt Deluxe
allows you to create them with error correction. Archives created with error
correction are larger than those created without, but if they become
corrupted you are typically able to recover the contents. Error correction is
useful if you are sending particularly valuable files across the Internet, and
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want to ensure that they will arrive intact. Using error correction can also
be useful if you are creating a backup of your files to removable media. If
that media becomes corrupted, you stand a better chance of recovering
your data if the archives are created with error correction.
Use the following method to create archives with error correction using
DropStuff
1. Launch the DropStuff application.
2. Choose Preferences from the DropStuff menu (in Mac OS X) or
the Edit menu (Mac OS Classic)
3. Click the Stuffing icon.
4. Choose “StuffIt X” as the archive type.
5. Check the “Add Error Correction” check box.
6. Click the OK button.
Archives that you create with DropStuff will now include error correction.
Use the following method to create archives with error correction using
Magic Menu or the StuffIt Context menu
1. Choose Preferences from the Magic Menu to open the Menu
Preferences dialog (click the desktop if Magic Menu is not currently available.
2. Click the StuffIt icon in the Preferences Toolbar.
3. Make sure the StuffIt Archive Toggle menu is set to "StuffIt X"
4. Check the "Add Error Correction" check box.
5. Click OK.
Archives created with either Magic Menu or StuffIt contextual menu will
now include error correction.
Creating Error Correction archives with the StuffIt Deluxe application
You can add Error Correction to an archive that is currently open in the
StuffIt Deluxe application using the "Save a Copy as..." command in the
File Menu.
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From the File menu choose "Save a Copy As..."
Make sure that the Format toggle menu is set to StuffIt X.
Click the Options button.
In the Options dialog, Make sure the Error Correction toggle
menu is set to On.
5. Click OK.
6. Choose a name and location for the new copy.
7. Click the Save button.
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StuffIt Deluxe will now create a copy of the currently open archive with
Error Correction.
Note: Once redundancy has been added to a StuffIt X archive, it
effectively becomes “locked”; the addition of error correction
information to the archives means that no new files can be added,
and the existing files cannot be changed. If you need to edit the contents of a StuffIt X archive created with redundancy, use the “Save a
Copy As...” feature in StuffIt Deluxe to save a new copy of the
archive that does not include the error correction information.
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Chapter 5: StuffIt Expander™
Overview
Using StuffIt
Expander
StuffIt Expander is used to expand archives, encoded
files, and other compressed and encoded documents.
For a full list of the file types supported by StuffIt
Expander, check out the StuffIt Reference chapter.
StuffIt Expander is easy to use! To expand a file with
StuffIt Expander, simply drag and drop the file you want to expand onto the
StuffIt Expander icon. You can also expand files with StuffIt Expander by
dragging files onto the StuffIt Expander application window. You can
expand more than one file by dragging multiple items onto StuffIt
Expander, and you can also expand larger groups of files by placing them
in a folder and dragging the whole folder onto StuffIt Expander.
Note: Even if the Mac OS does not recognize that a file can be
expanded by StuffIt Expander, you may still be able to expand it.
Even if the file you want to expand doesn’t have a StuffIt icon, drag
and drop it onto StuffIt Expander to see if it can be expanded.
StuffIt Expander
Menus
While all of the functionality of StuffIt Expander can be accessed using
Drag and Drop, you can also expand files using commands accessed from
Expander’s menus.
To Expand using menu commands, choose “Expand” from the File menu
and select the archive or encoded file you want StuffIt Expander to open.
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StuffIt Expander
Preferences
You can change the behavior of StuffIt Expander using the StuffIt
Expander preferences dialog. To open StuffIt Expander preferences,
choose Preferences from the “StuffIt Expander” menu in Mac OS X, or
Preferences from the “Edit” menu in Mac OS 8.6-9.x.
Expanding Prefs
The Expanding Preferences are used to determine how StuffIt Expander
goes about the task of expanding an archive or encoded file.
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Expand Archives and Compressed Files: When this preference is enabled, StuffIt Expander will expand archives and
compressed files.
Delete [archives and encoded files] after expanding: This
preference is active only when Expand archives and compressed files is enabled. When it is enabled, the archives and
compressed files you expand will be deleted once the files they
contain are successfully extracted. Use this preference with caution!
Expand Encoded Files: Use this preference to determine
whether or not StuffIt Expander should attempt to expand
encoded files.
Delete [encoded file] after expanding: This preference determines whether or not encoded files should be deleted after they
have been expanded. Use this preferences with caution!
Continue to expand (if possible): This preference, when
enabled, causes StuffIt Expander to scan the file that results
from expanding an archive, compressed, or encoded file to see
if it can be further expanded. For example, when this preference
is enabled, and StuffIt Expander encounters a BinHex encoded
StuffIt archive, it will start to expand the archive as soon as it
has decoded the BinHex layer.
Note: Archives, compressed, and encoded files contained within
folders in the archive must be separately expanded.
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Ignore Return Receipt messages: Causes StuffIt Expander to
ignore Return Receipt messages in StuffIt archives. See “How
Do I Add a Return Receipt request to an Archive?” on page 23
for more information on how to add a Return Receipt message
to an archive.
Scan for Viruses: StuffIt Expander allows you to automatically
scan files that are extracted from archives and encoded files for
viruses with your virus protection software. StuffIt Expander
supports Virex, Norton Anti-Virus, and Virus Barrier. If you
would like to try using a different Virus program, choose
“Other...” from the pop-up menu.
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Joining Prefs
The joining preferences determine how StuffIt Expander will handle files
that have been segmented.
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Disk Images
Prefs
Open Palm .prc and .pdb files: StuffIt Expander can automatically open Palm application programs in the Palm installation
program. When this preference is enabled, any Palm application
expanded from an archive will be set up for installation in the
Palm installation program.
Show Drag window: This preference determines whether or
not StuffIt Expander’s drag and drop window is displayed.
Join Segmented Files: When this preference is enabled, StuffIt
Expander will attempt to join files that have been segmented
with StuffIt.
Delete Segments after joining: When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Expander will delete the segments once the
rejoined file has been saved. Use this preferences with caution.
Expand joined files (if possible): When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Expander will attempt to expand the rejoined
file if it is a archive, compressed, or encoded file.
Disk Image preferences determines how StuffIt Expander will handle disk
image files.
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Mount Disk Images: When this preference is enabled, StuffIt
Expander will attempt to mount disk image files.
Note: StuffIt Expander is not able to mount .dmg disk image files
created by Disk Copy under OS X. These disk images must be
mounted with the Disk Copy application.
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Keep Mounted Images in RAM: When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Expander will keep the mounted disk image in
RAM if there is enough free memory available. A disk image
mounted in RAM has the same properties as a RAM Disk created under classic versions of the Mac OS.
Mount images unlocked by default: When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Expander will attempt to mount disk images as
unlocked (read/right) volumes.
Note: Images that include compression can only be mounted as
locked volumes.
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Destination Prefs
The Destination preferences determine where StuffIt Expander will save
files that have been extracted from archive, compressed, or encoded files.
You can choose the location where files are extracted. The following
options are available:
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Same as Original: When this option is selected, files will be
saved to the same location as the archive, compressed, or
encoded file from which they were expanded.
Ask: When this option is selected, StuffIt Expander will prompt
you to specify a location to which files should be expanded.
Use...: Use this option to specify a location to be used every
time StuffIt Expander saves a file.
You can also specify whether or not StuffIt Expander should place
expanded files into a new folder.
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Watch Folder
Prefs
When the archive contains multiple items: When this option
is selected, StuffIt Expander will create a surrounding folder
whenever the archive contains multiple items at the root level.
The name of the archive will be used for the newly created
folder.
Never: StuffIt Expander will never create a surrounding folder.
Always: StuffIt Expander will always create a surrounding
folder.
You can tell StuffIt Expander to monitor and expand files in a particular
folder, called the “Watch” folder. You can use the Watch Folder feature to
scan your Internet download folder so that files you download from the
Internet, regardless of the web browser or utility used, are always
expanded.
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Check for Files to Expand in: This setting allows you to select
a target folder for StuffIt Expander to Watch.
Once StuffIt Expander has scanned the target folder, you can specify what
happens next:
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Wait...: You can tell StuffIt Expander to stay running and watch
for new files to expand in a specified number of minutes.
Note: To Stop StuffIt Expander from expanding the same file over
and over again, you can configure the application to automatically
delete archives after they have been expanded. Be aware, however,
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that if the archive is damaged and is not expanded, it will have to be
replaced before you can try expanding it again. Complicated, huh?
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Quit: You can tell StuffIt Expander to Quit after files have been
expanded.
Note: You will see a “Quit Pending” dialog displayed when StuffIt
Expander is about to quit. You can use this time to open the preferences dialog and change the setting so that StuffIt Expander does
not quit after expanding files.
Error Reporting
Prefs
This preference determines how StuffIt Expander will handle errors that
occur while files are being expanded.
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Report Errors using alert window: Errors will be displayed in
an alert window created by the application. Each error must be
dismissed before the application can continue.
Ignore errors: Errors will not be reported at all. Expansion will
continue where possible.
Log errors to: Errors be logged to a text file.
Version Checking Prefs
This preferences determines whether or not StuffIt Expander should check
for updates and upgrades over the Internet when it is launched.
Internet Prefs
The Internet Preferences page is used to determine which file types are
automatically associated with StuffIt Expander by Internet applications
such as web browsers.
Note: The Internet Preferences panel does not appear when StuffIt
Expander is running under Mac OS X 10.2.
Cool Expander
Tips and Tricks!
If you are exchanging files with a Windows user, StuffIt Expander can help
to make the files you receive ready for use on your Macintosh. In addition
to expanding the contents of a zip archive from a PC computer, StuffIt
Expander will also automatically translate the file extension of a Windows
file into a Macintosh type and creator code. This means that when you
double click the file it will open in the correct application (assuming, of
course, that you have an application able to open the kinds of files you
expanded.)
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Please!: If you don’t have an application able to open a file you’ve
expanded with StuffIt Expander, call the person who sent you the
file not us. Thanks!
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Chapter 6: DropStuff™
Overview
This chapter is designed to provide detailed information
about the StuffIt Drag and Drop applications that are
included in the StuffIt Deluxe package. These
applications allow you to perform simple compression
tasks by dragging and dropping files onto either the
application window, or the desktop icon. If you are
looking for basic information about how to create
archives, and expand archives and encoded files, we recommend that you
first read the Getting Started chapter before you read this chapter.
DropStuff is used when ever you want to compress files and folders into a
StuffIt archive. DropStuff can create both StuffIt (.sit) and StuffIt X (.sitx)
archives, and can create both self-extracting archives, and archives with
encryption.
Using DropStuff
To use DropStuff, drag and drop files and/or folders on to either the
DropStuff icon, or into the new DropStuff application Window. When you
drag and drop multiple items, those items are combined into a single
archive file.
DropStuff Menus
While DropStuff is designed to be used as a drag and drop application, you
can compress files using the “Stuff” command in the DropStuff File menu.
When you choose “Stuff” from the File menu, a file selection dialog will be
used to allow you to select files to compress. Again, if you select multiple
files in the selection dialog, they will be combined into a single archive
file.
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DropStuff
Preferences
DropStuff Preferences can be used to change the compression format used
by DropStuff when it creates archives, to set the level of compression used,
and to set advanced options such as making self-expanding and encrypted
archives.
Stuffing Prefs
The “Stuffing” page contains settings that relate to how the application
creates StuffIt archives.
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Archive Type: DropStuff is able to create StuffIt (.sit) archives,
or StuffIt X (.sitx) archives. The default archive type is .sit.
Compression Level: As well as changing the format in which
the archive will be created, you can also change the compression level that will be used when items are added to the archive.
The choices are None, Fast, Med, and Max. An addition level,
“Optimal” is available when the archive format is set to StuffIt
X. StuffIt X archives created with Optimal compression will
take a long time to create, but will be of the smallest possible
size. When “Optimal” is selected as the compression level,
DropStuff will choose from all the available compression
options available under StuffIt X, and choose the best for your
data.
Encrypt Archives with a Password: When this option is
checked, the archives you create will be encrypted with a password. You will be prompted to provide a password before the
compression begins.
Note: When you create an archive with encryption, be sure to make
a careful note of your password. Aladdin cannot recover files from
encypted archives if you have lost your password. Also note that
passwords are case sensitive.
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Options Prefs
Make Self-Extracting for...: When checked, this preference
will cause DropStuff to create self-extracting archives. SelfExtracting archives open automatically without any special
expansion software. You can choose to create self-extracting
archives for Mac and Windows.
Add Error Correction: When this option is selected, the StuffIt X archive you create will contain error correction code to
protect them from corruption caused by bad media, or transfer
errors.
The following options effect how DropStuff goes about the job of adding
files to an archive.
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Delete Originals After Stuffing: The original files that were
compressed into the archive will be deleted from your hard
drive when the archive is created.
Stuff each Item as an individual archive: When this option is
set, when you drag multiple items onto DropStuff, each item
will be compressed as an archive. The items will not be combined into a single archive file as they are compressed.
Don’t Stuff files that are already compressed: File types that
are known to already include compression (such as Gif images,
or QuickTime movies) will not be compressed when they are
added to an archive.
Ignore Finder Desktop Files: When this option is set, DropStuff will not add Finder files (such as Desktop Database files
or .DStore) to an archive.
Show Drag Window: When this option is set, DropStuff will
display a drag and drop window when the application runs. You
can compress files and folders by dragging them onto this window.
BinHexing Prefs
The options in the BinHexing page allow you to instruct DropStuff to
BinHex encode a StuffIt or StuffIt X archive after it has been created. You
can configure this behavior so that the archive is deleted after it has been
encoded, and you can also choose to remove the .sit or .sitx from the file
name; the archive will be named file.hqx, rather than file.sitx.hqx.
Destination Prefs
The settings in the Destination page where on your hard drive the new
archive file will be created.
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Version Check
Prefs
Same As Original: By default, the archive is created in the
same location as the original files that were compressed.
Ask: This option causes DropStuff to prompt you to specify a
location to which the archive will be saved.
Use: This option allows you to specify a location on your hard
drive to which all archives created with DropStuff will be
saved.
This option allows you to specify whether or not DropStuff should check
online for updates or newer versions. This preferences is on by default.
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Chapter 7: DropZip™
Overview
DropZip is used when ever you want to compress files
and folders into a Zip archive. DropZip can also be used
to create Zip files that are encrypted with a password.
DropZip functions in an almost identical manner to
DropStuff, except that zip archives are created instead of
StuffIt Archives. Typically you’ll want to create zip
archives when you send files to people using PC based
computers.
Tip: Zip archives will typically be a little larger that StuffIt or StuffIt
X archives made from the same data. Before you send zip archives
to a Windows user, you should first consider sending them StuffIt
Expander for Windows so that they can open the StuffIt and StuffIt
X archives you send them. StuffIt Expander can be downloaded for
free at http://www.stuffit.com
Using DropZip
To use DropZip, drag and drop files and/or folders on to either the DropZip
icon, or into the new DropZip application Window. When you drag and
drop multiple items, those items are combined into a single archive file.
DropZip Menus
While DropZip is designed to be used as a drag and drop application, you
can compress files using the “Zip” command in the DropZip File menu.
When you choose “Zip” from the File menu, a file selection dialog will be
used to allow you to select files to compress. Again, if you select multiple
files in the selection dialog, they will be combined into a single archive
file.
DropZip Preferences
DropZip Preferences can be used to change the compression level used
when creating a zip archive, and can also be used to encrypt zip files with a
password.
Zipping Prefs
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Compression Level: Sets the compression level that is used
when creating Zip archives. None, Fast, Med, and Max are the
available selections.
Delete Originals after Zipping: When this option is set,
DropZip will delete the original files that were added to an
archive after the archive has been created.
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Warning: Use this option with caution!
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Zip each item as an individual archive: When this option is
set, multiple items dragged onto the DropZip icon or
application window will be compressed as individual archives,
rather than combined into a single large archive file.
Don’t Zip files that are already compressed: When this
option is set, DropZip will not attempt to compress already
compressed files (such as .mp3 audio files or .Gif images)
before it adds them to an archive.
Encrypt archives with a password: When this option is set,
DropZip will encrypt the archives it creates with a password.
You will be prompted to enter the password before items are
compressed.
Note: When you create an archive with encryption, be sure to make
a careful note of your password. Aladdin cannot recover files from
encrypted archives if you have lost your password. Also note that
passwords are case sensitive.
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Ignore Finder Desktop Files: When this option is set, DropZip
will not add Finder files (such as Desktop Database files or
.DStore) to an archive.
Show Drag Window: When this option is set, DropZip will
display a drag and drop window when the application runs. You
can compress files and folders by dragging them onto this window.
UUEncoding
Prefs
The options in the UUEncoding page allow you to instruct DropZip to
UUEncode a Zip archive after it has been created. You can configure this
behavior so that the archive is deleted after it has been encoded, and you
can also choose to remove the .zip from the file name; the archive will be
named file.uu, rather than file.tar.uu.
MacBinary
Macintosh Resource forks are not supported by Zip, Tar, and Lha archives.
In order to preserve Macintosh Resource fork information it is necessary to
MacBinary encode these files before they are added to an archive.
Tip: Just StuffIt! (Use StuffIt X archives, that is)
The MacBinary Preferences determines how this MacBinary Encoding is
preformed.
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Never: Files will never be MacBinary encoded before they are
added to a zip archive. Macintosh file information will be lost.
Smart: This means that files that contain extended information
(such as resource forks) will be encoded before they are zipped,
files that do not contain extended information will not be
MacBinary Encoded before they are added.
Always: This option will cause all files added to a zip archive
to first be MacBinary encoded, regardless of whether they contain extended file information.
Note: When you pick a MacBinary option, be aware of who will end
up using your files. If you use MacBinary encoding and send the
resulting Zip archive to a Windows user, they will most likely
encounter problems when trying to unzip the contents. By default,
we assume that you are zipping file because you want to send them
to Windows users, and therefore the MacBinary preference is set to
Never by default. The vast majority of Macintosh files are usable
without there resource forks, so even if Mac users open zip archives
created without MacBinary encoding, they should not encounter a
problem using the files contained.
Destination Prefs
The settings in the Destination page where on your hard drive the new
archive file will be created.
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Same As Original: By default, DropZip will create archives in
the same location as the original files that were compressed.
Ask: This option causes DropZip to prompt you to specify a
location to which the archive will be saved.
Use: This option allows you to specify a location on your hard
drive to which all archives created with DropZip will be saved.
Version Checking Prefs
This option allows you to specify whether or not DropZip should check
online for updates or newer versions. This preferences is on by default.
Cool DropZip
Tips and Tricks!
When you compress files in zip format using DropZip, you’ll notice that
they are typically smaller than the zip archives created by any other
application, including PC applications like WinZip. The zip compression
used by DropZip, and all the other applications in the StuffIt Deluxe
application, is about 5% more efficient than the zip compression used by
other applications. Better still, even though DropZip uses an improved
form of zip compression, the archives you create will still be 100%
compatible with all the other zip utilities available on the Mac and PC.
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Chapter 8: DropTar™
Overview
DropTar is a drag and drop application that function in
much the same way as DropZip and DropStuff, except
that it creates archives in Tape Archive (.tar) format.
Drag and Drop files and/or folders onto the DropTar
icon, or the DropTar application window, to add them to
a new tar archive. By default, a tape archive does not
contain any compression. You can have DropTar automatically compress the resulting archive using either Gzip, Bzip, Compress, or StuffIt compression.
Note: Tar archives do not contain any form of compression, so
you’ll find that the Tar archives you create are the same size as the
original files and folders that were added. DropTar allows you to
compress a Tar archive after it has been created using either Gzip,
Bzip, Compress, or StuffIt compression.
Using DropTar
Use DropTar in exactly the same way as you would use DropStuff and
DropZip. Drag and Drop files and/or folders onto the DropTar icon, or the
DropTar drag and drop window. When you drag and drop multiple items
onto DropTar they will be combined into a single tape archive.
DropTar Preferences
DropTar Preferences can be used to change the way in which tar archives
are created, and whether or not they are created with compression.
Archiving Prefs
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Compression Method: Specifies the compression format that
will be used to compress the newly created .tar archive. Gzip,
Bzip, Compress, and StuffIt compression is available.
Compression Level: Specifies the compression level used
when the archive file is compressed.
Delete Originals after Archiving: When this option is set,
DropTar will delete the original files that were added to an
archive after the archive has been created.
Warning: Use this option with caution!
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DropTar application window, will each be added to their own
individual Tar archive.
Ignore Finder Desktop Files: When this option is set, DropTar
will not add Finder files (such as Desktop Database files or
.DStore) to an archive.
Show Drag Window: When this option is set, DropTar will
display a drag and drop window when the application runs. You
can compress files and folders by dragging them onto this window.
UUEncoding
Prefs
The options in the BinHexing page allow you to instruct DropTar to
UUEncode a Tar archive, or a compressed tar archive, after it has been
created. You can configure this behavior so that the archive is deleted after
it has been encoded, and you can also choose to remove the .tar from the
file name; the archive will be named file.uu, rather than file.tar.uu.
MacBinary Prefs
Macintosh Resource forks are not supported by Zip, Tar, and Lha archives.
In order to preserve Macintosh Resource fork information it is necessary to
MacBinary encode these files before they are added to an archive.
Tip: Just StuffIt! (Use StuffIt X Archives, that is.)
The MacBinary Preferences determines how this MacBinary Encoding is
preformed.
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Never: Files will never be MacBinary encoded before they are
added to a tar archive. Macintosh file information will be lost.
Smart: This means that files that contain extended information
(such as resource forks) will be encoded before they are
archived, files that do not contain extended information will not
be MacBinary encoded before they are added to an archive.
Always: This option will cause all files added to a tar archive to
first be MacBinary encoded, regardless of whether they contain
extended file information.
Note: When you pick a MacBinary option, be aware of who will end
up using your files. If you use MacBinary encoding and send the
resulting Tar archive to a UNIX user, they will most likely encounter
problems when trying to unzip the contents. By default, we assume
that you are using Tar file because you want to send them to UNIX
users, and therefore the MacBinary preference is set to Never by
default. The vast majority of Macintosh files are usable without
there resource forks, so even if Mac users open Tar archives created
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without MacBinary encoding, they should not encounter a problem
using the files contained.
Destination Prefs
The settings in the Destination page where on your hard drive the new
archive file will be created.
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Version Checking Prefs
Same As Original: By default, DropTar will create archives in
the same location as the original files that were compressed.
Ask: This option causes DropTar to prompt you to specify a
location to which the archive will be saved.
Use: This option allows you to specify a location on your hard
drive to which all archives created with DropTar will be saved.
This option allows you to specify whether or not DropTar should check
online for updates or newer versions. This preferences is on by default.
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Chapter 9: Other Drag & Drop Applications
DropSegment
DropSegment™ is used in the same way as DropStuff, except that rather
than creating archives, it is used to split larger archives into smaller pieces.
Note: DropSegment can be used to split any file into smaller pieces,
however, you’ll need to split your file into fewer pieces if you first
compress it into a StuffIt archive.
Using
DropSegment
To use DropSegment, simply drag and drop the file you want to segment
onto the DropSegment icon, or the DropSegment application window. To
Expand StuffIt Segments, make sure that all the segments are located
together in a single folder, and the drag and drop segment number 1
(file.sit.1) onto the StuffIt Expander icon. StuffIt Expander will then
automatically rejoin the pieces of the segmented file and then expand its
contents.
DropSegment
Preferences
The DropSegment Preferences dialog is used to specify the size of the
segments that DropSegment will create, and also to specify the location
where
the segments will be created.
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Segment Size: The Segment Size toggle menu can be used to
select one of the available pre-defined segment size choices.
These pre-set options are designed to cover a range of popular
backup media such as Zip disks, and CD ROMS.
Tip: You can set your own segment size by choosing “Other...” from
the toggle menu. In the dialog provide enter (in kb) the size of the
segment you want DropSegment to create.
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Show Drag Window: This option determines whether the drag
and drop application window will be displayed when
DropSegment is launched.
The settings in the Destination page where on your hard drive the new
segments will be created.
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Same As Original: By default, DropSegment will create
segments in the same location as the original files that were
compressed.
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Ask: This option causes DropSegment to prompt you to specify
a location to which the segments will be saved.
Use: This option allows you to specify a location on your hard
drive to which all segments created with DropSegment will be
saved.
DropConvert
DropConvert™ is a tool that allows you to batch convert older archives to
the new StuffIt X format. To batch convert your archives, simply drag and
drop them on top of the DropConvert icon, or onto the DropConvert
application window.
DropConvert
Preferences
The DropConvert preferences dialog allows you to specify whether older
archives should be converted to StuffIt or StuffIt X archives. You can also
specify what should happen to the archives that have been converted. You
can choose to rename the older archives, move them to a back up location,
or remove them from your computer. You can also use the Destination tab
to specify where the newly converted archive should be created.
Secure Delete
Secure Delete™ is a Drag and Drop application that allows you to remove
files from your computer in such a way that they cannot be recovered even
with special disk recover software.
Note: When you drag and drop files or folders onto Secure Delete
they are IMMEDIATELY deleted from your hard drive. They are
not moved to the trash, and you will not be able to undo the deletion. Use Secure Delete ONLY when you are absolutely sure the
files you want to delete must be securely removed.
When you delete files using Secure Delete, the application writes over the
section of the hard drive where the files were located 3 times, so that they
cannot be recovered.
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Chapter 10: The StuffIt Deluxe Application™
StuffIt Deluxe:
The Details
This chapter is designed to provide detailed information about the StuffIt
Deluxe application. It is the reference you should turn to if you have a
question about the function of a particular button, menu item, or
preference. If you are looking for information about how to do a particular
task, such as adding a file to an archive, please checkout the “How To...”
guide in chapter 5.
Using StuffIt
Deluxe
The StuffIt Deluxe application is the tool that allows you to browse and
manipulate the contents of your archives. The StuffIt Deluxe application is
able to browse and manipulate the contents of StuffIt (.sit), StuffIt X (.sit),
and Zip (.zip) archives. When StuffIt Deluxe is installed, you can open
your archives in the Deluxe application simply by double clicking them.
When an archive is open in the Deluxe application, its contents are
presented to you in much the same way as the Finder presents information
about the contents of a folder when it is in list view.
In addition to the standard information you would expect to see about a file
in a Finder view, such as its name, size, date of modification, and label,
StuffIt Deluxe also shows you the compressed size of the file and the
percentage saving gained through compression. You can change the sort
order of the list by clicking a column heading, clicking the same column
headings again reverses the sort order. You can choose what column
heading are displayed by opening the preferences dialog, and clicking the
Views icon.
You can add and remove files from an archive using the StuffIt Deluxe
application in exactly the same way as you would add and remove files
from a folder in the Finder. Drag files into the window to add them to your
archive, and drag files from the archive window to the desktop to extract
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them. You can also delete, rename, move, and copy files in an archive
exactly as you can in the Finder.
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to save a copy of the current archive using the
"Save a Copy As..." command in the File menu. Clicking the "Options"
button in the Save As dialog allows you change the compression level,
encrypt the archive with a password, make the archive self-extracting, and
add Error Correction (when saving the archive in StuffIt X archive).
For a more detailed “How To” that covers browsing the contents of an
archive, adding files, and removing files, See “Chapter 4: The “How To...”
Chapter” on page 16.
StuffIt Deluxe
Toolbar
Most of the features of the StuffIt Deluxe application, such as adding or
removing files from an archive, can be done by dragging and dropping in
exactly the same was as you would in the Finder. StuffIt Deluxe, however,
also provides a toolbar that allows the user to access the various functions
associated with manipulating the contents of an archive.
The following functions are accessible from the StuffIt Toolbar:
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New Archive: The command will cause the StuffIt Deluxe
application to create a new empty archive. You can have up-to
nine archives open at the same time in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Stuff: The Stuff command (also accessible from the Archive
menu) provides an alternative to drag and drop when it comes
to adding files to an existing archive. When the Stuff button is
clicked, a dialog prompts you to select the files that should be
added to the current archive.
UnStuff: The UnStuff command provides an alternative to drag
and drop when it comes to extracting files from a StuffIt
archive. The UnStuff button becomes active when an archive is
open and items are selected. When clicked, a dialog prompts the
user to select a location to which the selected items should be
expanded.
New Folder: The New Folder button allows the user to create a
New folder in the current archive.
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Setting Toolbar
Preferences
Delete: The Delete button is active when an archive is open and
items are selected. The selected items are deleted from the
archive when the button is clicked. The items are immediately
deleted, rather than being moved to the Mac OS trash can.
Get Info: The Get Info button is active when an archive is open
and items are selected. When used, an Info dialog is opened for
the selected item. This dialog functions in much the same way
as the Get Info dialog in the Finder. The dialog displays information about the size, and modification date of the file, and also
allows the user to view and edit its Type and Creator code.
Launch: The launch button allows you to UnStuff and launch
or open a file in a single step. This button is active when an
archive is open and items are selected.
The StuffIt Deluxe preferences dialog allows you to determine exactly how
the Toolbar will be displayed on the screen. You can edit the following
attributes:
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Toolbar Orientation: This allows you to specify whether the
toolbar is aligned vertically or horizontally.
Toolbar Icon Size: Choose either large or small icons. Large
icon view is used in the example shown above.
Anchor Toolbar to top of screen: When checked, the StuffIt
Deluxe toolbar becomes fixed to the top of the screen.
Show Names: This setting determines whether or not the name
of each button will be displayed in addition to the icon.
StuffIt Deluxe
Menus
This topic provides information about the menus available in the StuffIt
Deluxe application.
The File Menu
The Following functions are available from the File menu in the StuffIt
Deluxe application.
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Save a Copy As: StuffIt Deluxe allows you to save a copy of
the current archive using the “Save a Copy As...” command in
the File menu. Clicking the “Options” button in the Save As
dialog allows you change the compression level, encrypt the
archive with a password, make the archive self-extracting, and
add Error Correction (when saving the archive in StuffIt X
format).
Verify: The verify command allows you to test the integrity of
StuffIt, StuffIt X, and Zip archives. If errors are encountered in
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the archive, StuffIt Deluxe will prompt you to before attempting
to recover them.
The View Menu
The items available in the View menu allow you to change the sort order of
the list in the foremost archive window.
The Archive
Menu
The functions available in the Archive menu can be used to add and extract
files from an open archive, as well as to access advanced archiving features
such as comments or return receipt.
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New: The command will cause the StuffIt Deluxe application to
create a new empty archive. You can have up-to nine archives
open at the same time in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Stuff: The Stuff command (also accessible from the Archive
menu) provides an alternative to drag and drop when it comes
to adding files to an existing archive. When the Stuff menu item
is clicked, a dialog prompts you to select the files that should be
added to the current archive.
UnStuff: The UnStuff command provides an alternative to drag
and drop when it comes to extracting files from a StuffIt
archive. The UnStuff menu item becomes active when an
archive is open and items are selected. When clicked, a dialog
prompts the user to select a location to which the selected items
should be expanded.
New Folder: The New Folder menu item allows the user to create a New folder in the current archive.
Delete: The Delete menu item is active when an archive is open
and items are selected. The selected items are deleted from the
archive when the menu item is clicked. The items are immediately deleted, rather than being moved to the Mac OS trash can.
Get Info: The Get Info menu item is active when an archive is
open and items are selected. When used, an Info dialog is
opened for the selected item. This dialog functions in much the
same way as the Get Info dialog in the Finder. The dialog displays information about the size, and modification date of the
file, and also allows the user to view and edit its Type and Creator code.
Launch: The launch button allows you to UnStuff and launch
or open a file in a single step. This menu item is active when an
archive is open and items are selected.
Edit Comment...: Opens the Edit Comment dialog that allows
you to edit or add an archive comment.
Return Receipt...: Allows you to add, edit or remove a Return
Receipt request.
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The Translate
Menu
The Translate menu allows you to create archives in all the formats that are
supported by StuffIt Deluxe, but that cannot be directly browsed and
manipulated. These formats include LHa, Tar, Bzip, Gzip, Unix Compress,
Apple Single, BinHex, MacBinary, and UUEncode.
The Scripts Menu
The Scripts menu allows users to access the AppleScript features in StuffIt
Deluxe.
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Adding a Return
Receipt Request
Open Script Editor: Launches Apple's Script Editor application.
Open Script Dictionary: Displays the AppleScript dictionary
for StuffIt Deluxe.
Open Scripts Folder: Opens the folder used to store StuffIt
Deluxe scripts.
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to add Return Receipt requests to your StuffIt
and StuffIt X archives. A Return Receipt request is used to ask the person
receiving your file to let you know that they were able to expand the
contents successfully. A Return Receipt Request includes your name, Email address, and a message to your recipient.
To add a Return Receipt Request to an archive that is open in the StuffIt
Deluxe application:
1. Choose “Return Receipt -> Add” from the Archive Menu.
2. When prompted to do so, enter your Name, E-mail Address,
and a message.
3. Click OK to add the Return Receipt request to your archive.
To edit an existing Return Receipt request:
1. Choose “Return Receipt -> Edit” from the Archive menu.
2. Modify the information in the Name, E-mail, and Comments
fields.
3. Click the OK button.
To Remove a Return Receipt Request:
1. Choose “Return Receipt -> Remove” from the Archive menu.
2. Review the information, and click “Confirm”.
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Responding to a
Return Receipt
Request
When you open an archive that contains a Return Receipt request, the
StuffIt Deluxe application will display a dialog providing information
about the Return Receipt.
When you see a Return Receipt request, the following options are
available:
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Comments
Save: Saves the Return Receipt message as a text file so that
you can read it later.
Delete: Deletes the Return Receipt request from the archive.
Ignore: Dismisses the dialog. No action is taken. The Return
Receipt request will be displayed the next time you open or
expand the archive.
Respond: Creates a new E-mail message that is addressed to
the sender.
The StuffIt Deluxe application allows you to add comments to your
archives.
To add a comment to an archive open in the StuffIt Deluxe application:
1. Choose “Comment->Add Comment” from the Archive menu.
2. In the text entry field provided, add your comment.
To edit a comment:
1. Choose “Comment->Edit” from the Archive menu.
2. Edit the text in the comment field.
The Get Info
Window
You can get information about any of the files in a StuffIt archive by
selecting the file, and clicking the Get Info button on the StuffIt Deluxe
toolbar.
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In addition to information about the name, size, and dates of creation and
modification, the StuffIt Deluxe Get Info window also allows you to view
and edit the Type and Creator of the file.
Note: Type and Creator codes are used by the Mac OS to link documents to their creating applications. Only change the Type and
Creator codes for a file if you’re SURE you know what you’re
doing!
Just as you can assign comments to the archive as a whole, StuffIt Deluxe
also allows you to assign comments to individual files in the archive using
the Comments field in the Get Info window.
StuffIt Deluxe
Preferences
General Prefs
This topic is designed to provide information about the StuffIt Deluxe
preferences dialog. It covers the effect of all the available settings. The
StuffIt Deluxe preferences dialog is divided in pages, each page is
represented by an icon in a toolbar that runs across the top of the
application. To switch pages, simply click the icon that corresponds to the
page you want to view.
The General Page contains settings that effect the general operation of the
StuffIt Deluxe application.
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Allow Version Checking: The preferences governs whether the
StuffIt Deluxe application will check for updates when it is
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launched. Using Version Checking requires that you have an
available Internet Connection.
Convert Old Archives on Open: When this check box is
checked, older StuffIt archives will be converted to StuffIt format. This setting applies to any StuffIt archive created by a version of StuffIt Deluxe prior to 5.0.
Number of Recent Items: This toggle menu allows you to
specify the number of archives that will be displayed in the
Recent Items menu item in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Default Archive Name: This preference allows you to specify
the default name that will be given to a new archive created by
StuffIt Deluxe. The file extension for the currently selected file
format will be appended to the name you select.
Default Archive Type: This toggle menu allows you to determine the archive format that StuffIt will use when you select the
New Archive command. The StuffIt Deluxe application supports StuffIt, StuffIt X, and Zip archives.
The Settings in the Compression page are used to control how files are
compressed into archives.
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Compression Level: This toggle menu allows to select the
Compression level that will be used when compressing files
into an archive. The toggle menu displays values of None, Fast,
Medium, and Max for all archive formats.
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Don't Compress Files that are Already Compressed: When
checked, this preference means that StuffIt will not attempt to
compress files that contain already compressed data when adding them to an archive. Examples of files that contain already
compressed data include .Gif and Jpeg images, MP3 music
files, as well as other archive file types.
Encrypt archives with a password: When this preference is
set, StuffIt Deluxe will encrypt items added to an archive with a
password.
Ignore Finder Desktop Files: When this preference is
selected, StuffIt Deluxe will not add Finder files (such as the
desktop database files) to an archive.
MacBinary: The preference determines how Macintosh files
that contain Resource forks will be treated when they are added
to Zip archives. As the Zip format does not support Mac
resource forks, they have to be MacBinary encoded to ensure
that they will be preserved. When the toggle menu is set to
Smart, files added to a Zip archive will only be MacBinary
encoded when StuffIt Deluxe detects that they contain a
resource fork.
Note: When you pick a MacBinary option, be aware of who will end
up using your files. If you use MacBinary encoding and send the
resulting Zip archive to a Windows user, they will most likely
encounter problems when trying to unzip the contents. By default,
we assume that you are zipping file because you want to send them
to Windows users, and therefore the MacBinary preference is set to
Never by default. The vast majority of Macintosh files are usable
without there resource forks, so even if Mac users open zip archives
created without MacBinary encoding, they should not encounter a
problem using the files contained.
Expansion Prefs
Expansion Destination: This preference determines where files will be
placed when they are expanded from an archive.
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Same as Original: The file will be expanded to the same location as the archive file.
Ask: You will be prompted to select a destination for the files
being expanded.
Use Specified: Use the Select button to specify a folder on your
hard drive to use every time you expand files from an archive.
Scan for Viruses Using: Using this preference, you can specify
that files extracted from an archive are scanned for viruses
using your Virus protection software. Use the toggle menu to
select your Virus program, Norton AntiVirus, Virex, and Virus
Barrier are supported.
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Views Prefs
The Views page allows you determine what columns will be displayed in
the archive window.
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The Toolbars page allows you to configure how the StuffIt Deluxe toolbar
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Kind: Displays the Kind Column in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Label: Displays the Label Column in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Date: Displays the Date Column in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Expanded Size: Displays the Expanded Size Column in the
StuffIt Deluxe application.
Compressed Size: Displays the Compressed Size Column in
the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Percent Saved: Displays the Percent Saved Column in the
StuffIt Deluxe application.
Show Invisible Files and Folders: Determines whether invisible files and folders located in your archives are displayed in
the archive window.
Toolbar Orientation: This allows you to specify whether the
toolbar is aligned vertically or horizontally.
Toolbar Icon Size: Choose either large or small icons. Large
icon view is used in the example shown above.
Anchor Toolbar to top of screen: When checked, the StuffIt
Deluxe toolbar becomes fixed to the top of the screen.
Show Names: This setting determines whether or not the name
of each button will be displayed in addition to the icon.
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to work with the files inside an archive just as
easily as you can work with files inside of a folder. If you have a folder full
of files that you do not use regularly, consider compressing them into a
StuffIt archive. When you want to use one of the file, double click the
archive to open it in the StuffIt Deluxe application, and browse through the
folder to find the file you want to open. When you double click the file you
want to use, you will be prompted to save that file out from the archive
onto your hard drive. The file will then open in the application that created
it, and will be ready to use. If you make modifications to the file, simply
drag and drop it back into the archive.
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Chapter 11: ArchiveSearch™
Overview
Use ArchiveSearch to search for files located in StuffIt, Zip, and StuffIt X
archives in exactly the same way that you would use Sherlock to find files
on your computer. If you’ve used StuffIt Deluxe to create backups of your
important files, ArchiveSearch is an invaluable tool that makes it quick and
easy to search those backups to find a specific file.
For more information on the basics of using ArchiveSearch, be sure to read
“How Do I Search for files in an Archive?” on page 20.
Using
Archive Search
ArchiveSearch is designed to provide the “look and feel” of the Find File
section of Apple’s Sherlock application. You can search for files located in
an archive using ArchiveSearch, in exactly the same way that you would
search for files located on your hard drive using Sherlock.
When you first launch ArchiveSearch, the user Interface provides you with
options that allow you to look for files located in StuffIt, Zip, and StuffIt X
archives on any local hard drive using the name of the file you are looking
for. To start a search, simply enter the name of the file you want to find.
As with Searches conducted via Sherlock, the “Name Contains” need only
contain part of the name of the file you are looking for. For example, if the
file is called “StuffIt Deluxe” typing “Stuff” into the Name Contains field
will return StuffIt Deluxe as a matching result.
As with Sherlock you can specify that a search for files use additional
criteria to find a match.
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To add additional search criteria, click the More Choices button. Use the
Toggle menu to select the criteria you want to use. You may search using
all eight available criteria at once, or you can search using any combination
you choose.
The additional choices are as follows:
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Name: Enter all or part of the name of the file you want to
search for.
Size: The size criteria can be used to search for files that are
less than, greater than, or the same size as a specified value.
When you select the size criteria, the second toggle menu in the
list is used to set how size will be defined, and the text entry
field is used to specify (in Kb) the size that will be used. The
size that ArchiveSearch looks for is the original size of the file
before it was compressed into the archive.
Compressed Size: The Compressed Size criteria is configured
in exactly the same way as the size criteria, except that
ArchiveSearch will look for the compressed size of the file
rather than the original expanded size.
Kind: Use the Kind field to specify the kind of file you are
looking for. You can specify the kind as alias, application, audio
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file, clipping file, control panel, document, extension, folder,
font, sound, stationary. You can also choose to find results
based on whether files match the specified kind or not.
Label: Use to find files based on whether they match (or don’t
match) the specified label.
Date Created: Use the Date Created criteria to match files
based on whether their date of creation is within the range specified. Use the date field at to specify a target date, and use the
toggle menu to specify whether matching files will be created,
on, before, or after the date you have specified. The toggle
menu also allows you to find files whose creation date is within,
a specified number of days, weeks, or months, from the date
specified.
Date Modified: The Date Modified criteria works in exactly
the same way as Date Created, except that Archive search will
look for files based on the modification date.
File Type: Use File Type to find matching files based on their
file type. File types are used under classic versions of the Mac
OS to distinguish between different types of documents created
by the same application, or to specify that a file is a specific
type such as an application, a control panel, or an extension.
As well as changing the terms of the search using file based criteria, you
can also specify the type of archives you want to search in, and the location
you want to search for archives.
Use the “Search For” toggle menu to specify the type of archives to search.
You can choose to search just for StuffIt archives, just for Zip archives, or
just for StuffIt X archives. The default is to search for files located in all
known archive types.
The location toggle menu allows you to limit the location that will be
searched. You can set the search location to be any of the following:
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archive attached to any volume that is currently available. This
includes hard drives, network drives, CD ROMS and other
removable devices.
Local Unlocked Volumes: Use this choice to prevent
ArchiveSearch from looking in Network drives and CD ROMS.
Mounted Servers: Use this option to limit the search to just
mounted network volumes.
On the Desktop: Use this option to look for only files in
archives located on the desktop.
In the Finder selection: This option limits the search to only
folders or archives selected in the finder.
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Open in StuffIt Deluxe: Use this option to search only in
archives that are currently open in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
In my Documents folder: Use this option to search for files in
archives located in your documents folder.
On a specific volume: ArchiveSearch also allows you to limit
the search to only archives located on a specific volume. A list
of all available volumes will be listed at the end of the location
list.
Once you have specified search criteria you can save it to a file that can be
used to set up a future search more quickly. To save you current search
criteria, choose “Save Search Criteria...” from the File menu.
To load a previously saved search, choose “Open Search Criteria...” from
the File menu, and select a saved search document when prompted to do
so.
The Archive
Search Progress
Window
Once you have established your search criteria, click the “Search” button to
begin searching for files. As ArchiveSearch is searching your hard drive, a
progress dialog keeps you informed of its progress. The following fields
are displayed;
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Archives Found: This field indicates how many archives
ArchiveSearch has found in the specified search location.
Archives Searched: This field indicates how many of the
archives found have already been searched. This number, compared to the number of archives found, will provide a rough
indication of how much longer the search will last.
Items Found: Indicates the number of matching archives that
have been found.
You can stop the search at any time by clicking the “Stop” button.
The Archive
Search Results
Window
When ArchiveSearch finds a matching item, the results window is
displayed. The results window displays a list of all matching items, when
you select a matching item the lower pane of the results window shows you
where the matching file can be found.
When you Control (ctrl) click on a matching file, ArchiveSearch provides a
contextual menu that allows you to perform a variety of tasks.
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Open Item: Extracts the selected item from the archive, and
opens it. For applications, this will result in the application file
launching, and for documents, the document will open in its
parent application (if it is available).
Reveal Item: Opens the archive that contains the selected file
in the StuffIt Deluxe application.
Expand Item: Expands the selected item from the archive.
Expand to...: Expands the selected item from the archive. You
will be prompted to select a location to which the file should be
expanded.
Expand to Desktop: Expands the selected item from the
archive to the desktop folder.
Expand to Document folder: Expands the selected item from
the archive to the documents folder.
Copy Item Name: Copies the name of the selected item to the
clipboard.
You can also open any item in the results list by double clicking it. If you
double click an item located within an archive, that item will be expanded
and saved in the folder where the archive is located.
ArchiveSearch
Preferences
The ArchiveSearch preferences dialog allows you to specify the
destination to which files expanded from an archive should be saved.
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Same as original: Files will be placed to the same folder as the
archive from which they are expanded.
Ask: ArchiveSearch will prompt you to specify a location to
which files are saved.
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Use Specified: Allows you to specify a single location to be
used whenever files are extracted from ArchiveSearch.
You can use ArchiveSearch directly from within the StuffIt Deluxe
applciation. Choose “Find” from the Edit menu to launch ArchiveSearch.
When ArchiveSearch has been launched via StuffIt Deluxe, you can choose
to limit your search to only those archives that are currently open in the
StuffIt Deluxe application.
You can also limit a search to particular archive, or folder, by dragging and
dropping the folder or archive onto the location toggle menu when
ArchiveSearch is running.
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Chapter 12: StuffIt Express™ Personal Edition
Overview
StuffIt Express is a utility that allows you to automate many different file
transfer and compression tasks. The StuffIt Express application allows you
to build custom “Express Boxes” that automate a specific sequence of
tasks; for example you can use StuffIt Express to build an Express Box that
creates an archive, and then uploads that archive to an FTP server.
To launch StuffIt Express, Open the StuffIt Deluxe application folder and
double click on the StuffIt Express icon.
Use StuffIt Express PE for the following tasks:
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Compress and FTP in a single step
Distribute files to a range of recipients
Upload files to a web site
Automate common file compression and transfer tasks
StuffIt Express PE is an application program that you can use to create your
own personal drop boxes. A drop box is a special type of Macintosh
application that preforms specific tasks to files and folders that are dropped
onto its icon. These drop boxes can run any number of file compression
and transfer tasks. You can use these drop boxes to automate file transfer
tasks on your own computer, or you can create drop boxes to send to other
people so that they can easily send you files over the Internet.
Drop Boxes are created by adding tasks, or “Steps”, to a steps document in
the StuffIt Express PE application. A steps document is a sequential list of
all the actions that a drop box will perform. With-in Steps Document
interface, you can easily create steps, change the order of steps, and delete
steps as you create your drop box Each step contains all of the information
needed to accomplish that part of the task. For example, when you create a
step that will send a file by E-mail, you need to enter the E-mail address of
the person to whom the E-mail will be sent, and the subject and message
you want to send along with the file.
To add a step to an open steps document, you can either click the
corresponding button on the steps palette, or choose the step you want to
add from the New Step menu. To reorder steps, click and drag the step to its
new position with in the document. The “Details” pane provides you with a
summary of all the information that corresponds to the selected step, you
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can edit these details by double clicking the step from within the steps
document.
When all the Steps required to automate a particular task have been
specified, save the Steps document, and click the Create Drop Box button
in the toolbar. This will create a Drop Box that performs all the tasks you
have specified. Once a Drop Box has been configured, it can be modified
through the Steps document. To edit an Express Box, open its steps
document, make the necessary changes, and then click the Update Drop
Box button in the toolbar.
The StuffIt
Express User
Interface
The StuffIt Express User interface consists of the following elements:
The Steps
Document
The Steps document can best be described as a sequential list of all the
actions that an Express Box will perform. The buttons and menus that
appear around the Steps document are designed to make it easy for you to
add and remove steps from the list, build an Express Box application based
on the list, and update an existing Express Box by making changes to a
steps document.
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Steps Palette
Actions Palette
Add Step Button: The Add Step button contains a list of all the
steps supported by StuffIt Express. Choose a step from the list
to add it to the steps document.
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Drop Box Settings Button: Opens the Drop Box settings
dialog that allows you to change settings that govern how the
Drop Box will run. Click here to learn more about Drop Box
settings.
Create Drop Box Button: This button is used to create an
Express Box application based on the steps document that is
currently open. If you have not saved the Steps document you
will be prompted to do so before the Express Box itself is
created.
Update Drop Box Button: This button is used to update an
existing Express Box application. To make changes to an
Express Box, you must open its steps document, make the
necessary changes, and then click the Update Drop Box Button
to update the Express Box application. If you have not already
saved your changes to the Steps document you will be prompted
to do so.
Run Drop Box Button: This button has the same effect as
clicking the Create Drop Box button, except that after the Drop
Box has been created it will automatically be run.
The Steps List: The Steps Document dialog contains a list of
all the steps that are currently specified. You can edit the details
of any of the steps by double clicking it. You can also reorder
steps within a steps document; click and hold down the mouse
button on the step you want to move until the insertion line
appears, and then drag the step to its new position in the list.
The Details Panel: Below the steps list is the Details panel.
This Panel is used to display information about the step that is
currently selected in the steps list.
The Steps Palette
The steps palette is divided into three tabs, one for File steps, one for
Internet steps, and one for Action steps. Each tab contains buttons that are
used to add a particular step to the Steps document. For example, the
Internet tab contains an FTP Upload button which is used to add an FTP
upload task to the steps document. For more information on the steps that
are available on each palette, please check out the appropriate section
below:
The Commands
Palette
The Commands palette is divided into two tabs. The Commands tab
contains buttons that are used to Create and Update Express Boxes. The
Wizards Tab contains links to templates that allow you to create Express
Boxes quickly and easily based on common tasks such as Zip and Send email.
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Archive Step
Select "Archive" to add a step that archives files. "Archive" allows you
compress multiple files and folders together into a single compressed
archive file. You can specify what information is archived, where the
resulting archive is created, a name, and the type of archive such as StuffIt
or Zip. See "What to act on" for details.
You can also choose to encrypt an archive to protect sensitive data, or
delete the archive after it is successfully created.
You can enter an Archive Name or leave this box blank to use a default
name. Choose an archive type. StuffIt is the default. StuffIt files can be
expanded on Macintosh, Windows, Linux, and Solaris using StuffIt
Expander. Download the latest version of StuffIt Expander at http://
www.stuffit.com. Additionally, you can choose a self-extracting file for
Macintosh or Windows.
Select "Encrypt archive with password" to protect sensitive data in an
archive. Write the password somewhere where you can find it later if
needed.
WARNING: If you forget an archive's password, there is no way to
recover the information or to modify the contents of the archive.
Aladdin Systems cannot decrypt archives without the password. Be
sure to remember your passwords or write them down and put them
in a safe and secure place. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
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Select "Archive originals instead of aliases" to ensure that the original
items are archived rather than their aliases.
Encode Step
Select Encode to add a step that encodes files. Typically you'll encode files
when sending them to a different type of computer or operating system.
You can specify what format to use and whether files inside folders should
be encoded. See "What to act on" and "Where to act" for details.
Choose an encoding type from the list. Next, if desired, select "Encode
files inside folders" to encode files contained within folders. Choose "Use
file name" if you are encoding only one file.
Expand Step
Select Expand to add a step that expands archives, placing the contents in
the location you specify. You can specify what is expanded, where the
resulting files are placed, whether files in folders are expanded, and which
files get deleted after expansion. See "What to act on" and "Where to act"
for details.
Choose one or more of these options as desired. Select "Expand files inside
folders" to expand the contents of folders contained in the archive. Choose
one of the "Passing expanded items..." options to specify what result is
passed to subsequent steps. This setting does not affect how the archive is
expanded, merely what information is passed to the next step in the drop
box. You can choose to pass both the folder structure and files to the next
step, or pass only the resulting files without their folders.
New Folder Step
Select New Folder to add a step that creates a new folder. You can specify
where the new folder is created and the folder name. You can also specify
to delete the folder when the drop box completes all of the tasks. See
"Where to act" for details.
Folder Name: Enter a name for the folder or use the default.
Copy Items Step
Select Copy Items to add a step that copies items. For example, you may
create an Express Box that copies items to another location as a back up.
You can specify which items to copy. See "What to act on" and "Where to
act" for details.
Select "Replace items with same names" to automatically replace items
with the same
names.
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Move Items Step
Select Move Items to add a step that moves items. You can specify what is
moved, where the resulting files are placed, whether files in folders are
replaced, and whether moved items are deleted once all of the drop box
tasks are complete. See "What to act on" and "Where to Act" for details.
Choose one or more of these options as desired. Select “Replace items with
same names” to automatically overwrite existing files with the same names
without prompting.
Open/Launch
Items Step
Select Open/Launch Items to add a step that opens or launches files. For
example, you can create a drop box that sends a group of images, then
launches an application to edit them. Or you can send a spreadsheet and
then open the application, assuming it is present on the system running the
drop box. To specify what items to open or launch, select an option from
the list. See "What to act on" for details.
Make Alias Step
Select Make Alias to add a step that creates an alias. For example, you can
create a drop box that opens an archive, expands a file, and puts an alias to
that file on the desktop. You can specify for what to create an alias, where
the alias is placed and whether the alias should be deleted when all of the
drop box tasks are completed. See “What to act on” and “Where to act” for
details.
Rename Items
Steps
Select Rename Items to add a step that renames files. You can specify what
items to rename. See "What to act on" for details.
Enter a new name only if you are renaming one item. Select "Keep existing
name's extension" to keep the current file's extension.
FTP Upload Step
FTP stands for file transport protocol and is a protocol used to send files to
or retrieve files from another computer on the internet. Select FTP Upload
to add a step that uploads files via FTP. You can specify what to upload and
the destination. You can also specify a user name and password. Be sure to
specify whether existing items should be replaced. See "What to act on"
for details on specifying what to upload.
FTP URL: Enter the URL of the FTP site.
Tip: To place a file into a directory, the URL must end with "/" otherwise, the address is assumed to specify a file or folder that should
be replaced. For example, if you specify www.aladdinsys.com/
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uploads/ the file would be placed into the uploads folder. However,
if you entered www.aladdinsys.com/uploads (and notice there is not
a "/" at the end) as the URL, the "uploads" folder would be
replaced with the file you send. If you do not have rights to upload
to a location, you will receive an error message when you run the
drop box.
If you are trying to replace existing items on a server, and file or folder
names (on your local disk and on the server) have special characters in
them such as the less than character (<), space, forward slash, colon,
percent, and any high-ASCII characters (greater than 255), you need to
encode those characters. To encode a character, use %xxx where x is hex
value of the character.
User Name and Password: Provide the user name and password if needed.
If you are logging onto an anonymous FTP site, you may need to enter
anonymous as your name and your e-mail address as your password.
Select “Replace existing items at this URL” to automatically overwrite
existing files with the same name. If you are uploading to a site with a
firewall, you may need to select “FTP Passive Mode” setting depending on
how the firewall is configured. Try sending with each of the options
selected. Contact the administrator of the ftp site if you are unsure.
FTP Download
Step
Select FTP Download to add a step that downloads files via ftp. You can
specify where to download files such as a downloads folder, or see "Where
to act" for descriptions of the other options.
FTP URL: Enter the URL of the ftp site. See "FTP Upload" above for
details on specifying the path and file name.
User Name and Password: Provide the user name and password if needed.
Select "Replace existing file or folder" if you want to automatically
overwrite existing files with the same name. If you are downloading from a
site with a firewall, you may need to select a "FTP Passive Mode" setting
depending on how the firewall is configured. Try sending with each of the
options selected. Contact the administrator of the ftp site if you are unsure.
HTTP Download
Step
Select HTTP Download to add a step that downloads files via http. You can
specify the download destination such as a downloads folder. See "Where
to act" for descriptions of the other options.
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HTTP URL: Enter the URL of the http site. You can specify "http://" or
"https://" but be sure that the name specifies a file, and not a folder. There
should not be a "/" at the end of the line. See "FTP Upload" above for
details on specifying the path and file name.
User Name and Password: Provide the user name and password if needed.
Select "Replace any existing file" if you want to automatically overwrite
existing files with the same name.
Open URL Step
Select Open URL to add a step that opens a specific URL in your web
browser. Enter the address of the URL to open. See "FTP Upload" above
for details on specifying the path and any special characters.
Send Email Step
Select Send E-mail to add a step that e-mails files. You can specify one or
more recipients, the subject and message text, and specify whether to send
immediately. StuffIt Express drop boxes use built-in SMTP technology to
send e-mail messages. When the drop box runs, it will obtain the
information it needs from your e-mail client settings to send the message.
Your computer must be set up to use e-mail to use this feature.
What to E-mail: See "What to act on" for details. You can also choose
"Nothing" to create a message without an attachment.
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Recipients: Click Add, then enter the name and address of each recipient.
In the Type box, specify To, CC, or BCC. "To" sends a message to a
recipient, CC or "carbon copy" sends a copy of the message listing the
other recipients, and BCC stands for "blind carbon copy", and means to
copy the person without the other recipients seeing that person's name on
the list. To remove anyone on the list, select that name, then click Remove.
As you start typing an e-mail address, StuffIt Express tries to match the text
being typed to addresses that have previously been entered in this dialog
box. A floating window displays with most frequently-used matching
address highlighted; you can select that address by double-clicking the
address, or by pressing Enter. Select additional addresses the same way. As
you continue to type, StuffIt Express removes any addresses that no longer
match. When no addresses in the book match the address you have entered,
the address book window is removed.
Click "Recipients" to force the drop box to ask for recipients when the drop
box runs.
Message Settings: Enter a subject and an optional message. If you want the
name of the attachment to display in the subject, type "^A" to include the
name. In the message, type "^R" to display a list of most recent result items
or "^D" to display a list of all dropped items in the message. You can also
type "^" followed by a number to list the items resulting from a specific
step number in the steps document. Select the check boxes "Allow editing
of" to specify additional options. Choose "Subject and message" if you
want to be prompted for a subject and message each time you run the drop
box. You might choose this option if you have created a drop box that
allows you to quickly send messages to someone you frequently
correspond with. choose "Recipients" to edit the list when the drop box
runs rather than during creation. Choose "Substitute full path names" to use
the path to the original file. Choose "Include sender as recipient" if you
would like a copy of the message sent to the person using the drop box.
Select "Send Immediately" to send the message when the drop box is used.
Stop Drop Box
Step
Select Stop StuffIt Express to add a step that stops a drop box. For
example, if you provide a dialog box that asks if the user wants to continue,
and they choose No, use this step to quit the drop box. If they choose Yes,
you can skip one step (the Stop step) and continue running the drop box.
Message: Enter an optional message here that will display when this step is
encountered. If no message is specified, the drop box will stop and display
a dialog box.
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Drop Box
Settings
Choose Edit > StuffIt Express Settings or click the StuffIt Express Settings
toolbar button to display the drop box settings dialog.
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Author and Description: The Author text is filled in with the
name entered when StuffIt Express was installed. You can
change this if needed. You can also add an optional description.
You may want to include the name of the drop box, how to
contact you, a version number, a description of what it does, or
other information indicative of its contents. The author and
description displays in the About box of the drop box you
create.
StuffIt Express E-mail Signatures: By default, a special
StuffIt Express signature is added to any e-mail message that is
sent from a StuffIt Express Drop Box. Uncheck this box to stop
this signature from being used.
Include DropBox in the StuffIt Contextual Menu: You can
make your StuffIt Express DropBoxes available in the StuffIt
Contextual menu, under the DropBoxes Submenu. When you
create a DropBox with this option set, an alias that points to it
will be created in the Library/Application Support/StuffIt CM
DropBoxes folder in your User folder. When you Control
[CTRL] click a file in the Finder, and choose a DropBox from
the DropBoxes menu, the DropBox will treat the selected file as
if it had been dragged and dropped onto the DropBox icon.
Tip: To remove a DropBox from the StuffIt Contextual menu, simple
open the Library/Application Support/StuffIt CM DropBoxes folder
in your User folder and delete the alias of the DropBox you wish to
remove.
Run Options: You can configure whether the drop box operates manually
or automatically. When one of the automatic options is chosen, the drop
box runs without user interaction once a file is dragged onto it.
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Manual: The Steps window is visible, and the person using the
drop box must click "Start"
Automatic: The Steps window is only shown if an error occurs
Note: The steps window displays a list of the actions that the drop
box will perform. If the drop box encounters a problem, the resulting error message is displayed in the steps window.
What to Act Upon
and Where to Act
There are a number of options that are common to most of the steps
available in StuffIt Express. These options allow you to specify the item a
step action is performed on and where any output is created.
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What to act upon: "Dropped items" means the step will start
when items are dropped onto the drop box. "Most recent result"
uses the results of the last step that produced a file. "Ask for
items" displays a dialog box prompting for the files to be acted
upon. Once items have been selected, the step starts. "Result of
prior step" uses the results from a previous StuffIt Express step.
Note that this option is only available when a previous step
could result in files to act upon. Examples of what to act upon
include what to archive or what to upload.
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Where to act: This specifies the destination folder for items
created using a drop box. "Same as original" means the same
location as the original item dropped on the drop box. "StuffIt
Express's folder" means the folder where the drop box is
located. "Ask" displays a dialog box that prompts for a
destination. "Result of New Folder step" is only enabled if a
previous step creates a new folder. "Special Folder" allows you
to specify an OS-related folder such as System. Choose
"Specific Folder" to specify that folder. Click the Choose Folder
button and navigate to the folder you want to use. If the
specified folder is not available, the person using the drop box
is prompted to specify a new location. Examples of where to act
include where to archive or where to download to.
StuffIt Express is also available in an Enterprise Edition for Macintosh and
Windows. StuffIt Express Enterprise helps you to smooth communication
between you and your customers. Create a drop box for your clients to use
every time they have to send you files. StuffIt Express Enterprise drop
boxes can be freely distributed to as many customers as your license
allows.
StuffIt Express for Enterprise contains these additional features:
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Forms: StuffIt Express forms allow you to use an Express box
to collect information from your customers. As they send files,
the Express box can require them to provide information to be
sent to you at the same time as the documents.
Multi Media Steps: StuffIt Express Enterprise includes steps
that allow you to embed sounds, pictures, text, and even movies
in your Express Box. Use the Multi Media steps to create an
Express box that presents a big company branded look and feel
on a small company budget.
AppleScript: StuffIt Express Enterprise allows you to extend
the functionality of your drop boxes using AppleScript. StuffIt
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Express can execute an AppleScript along with its typical file
compression and transfer tasks.
Distribution: StuffIt Express Personal Edition only allows you
to run your Express Boxes on the machine on which they were
created. StuffIt Express Enterprise is designed specifically to
allow you to distribute Drop Boxes to your customers, coworkers, and outside partners.
If you would like more information about StuffIt Express Enterprise,
including information about obtaining a license, please contact Aladdin
Sales at (831) 761-6200.
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Chapter 13: StuffIt “CM” and Magic Menu™
Overview
The StuffIt Contextual Menu™ (or StuffIt CM) provides a quick and easy
way to access all the functionality of the StuffIt Deluxe package directly
from the Finder. You can create and expand archives and encoded files, and
you can also browse through the contents of an archive to extract single
items. The StuffIt Contextual menu also allows you to Stuff and send files
via E-mail in a single step, and also allows you to send files to Express
Boxes you’ve created with StuffIt Express (see “Creating a Drop Box with
StuffIt Express” on page 62 in chapter 12 for details on how to create
custom Express Boxes for use with the StuffIt Contextual menu).
Using the StuffIt
Contextual Menu
Using the StuffIt Contextual menu is easy! Simply Control (Ctrl) click the
file you want to compress (or expand) and choose the action you want to
perform from the StuffIt Contextual menu.
Tip: If you use Mac OS X, invest in a two button mouse! When you
use a two button mouse, right clicking on a file will have the same
effect as using the Control [CTRL] click combination.
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Available Actions
When you control click on a file or folder, the StuffIt Contextual menu
allows you to access the following functions:
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Stuff: By default, the Stuff command will create a StuffIt
archive that contains the items that are currently selected in the
Finder. You can also configure the Stuff command to create
StuffIt X archives via Menu Preferences (see below).
•Archive: The archive
menu provides you with
the option to create
archives, from the items
currently selected in the
Finder, in a wide variety
of formats. You can create
Zip, Tar, and Lha archives
using the Archive
command, and you can
also choose to further
compress or encode these
archives so that you end
up with, for example, a
Gzip compressed Tar archive.
Compress: The Compress menu allows you to compress single
files selected in the Finder using Gzip, Bzip, and Unix Compress compression.
Encode: The Encode menu allows you to encode single files
selected in the Finder using MacBinary, BinHex, AppleSingle,
and UUEncode formats.
Make Self-Extracting: The Make Self-Extracting menu allows
you to compress files into a StuffIt archive and make that
archive self-extracting for either Macintosh or PC.
Segment: Use the Segment menu option to segment large files
into small pieces. The size of the segments that will be created
can be set in the StuffIt Menu Preferences dialog.
Mail: Use Mail to attach the selected file to a new email message. The StuffIt Context menu will use your default email
application, or you can choose to specify a that a particular
email program be used in the StuffIt Menu Preferences dialog.
Stuff and Mail: The Stuff and Mail command compresses the
selected files and folders into a new StuffIt archive, and then
attaches that archive to a new email message.
Drop Boxes: The Drop Boxes menu option allows you to send
the selected files and folders to a StuffIt Express Drop Box that
you created earlier.
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Tip: When you create an Express Box application with StuffIt
Express you can automatically choose to have StuffIt Express add
the new drop box to your Drop Boxes menu. See “Drop Box Settings” on page 71 in chapter 12 for more information.
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Preferences: Opens the StuffIt Menu Preferences dialog.
Note: All the actions that can be accessed via the StuffIt Contextual
menu can also be used via the Magic Menu in Mac OS 8.6 and 9.x
and Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.1.5.!
Conditional
Menu Items
Some of the items in the StuffIt Contextual Menu only appear when you
Control click specific types of files.
When you Control Click an archive, compressed, or encoded file, the
following menu item appears:
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Unstuff: This menu item causes the selected item to be
expanded.
When you control click a StuffIt, StuffIt X, or Zip archive, an “Archive”
menu appears along side the StuffIt menu in the Mac OS Contextual menu.
The archive menu can be used to view the contents of an archive in
hierarchical form. If you select an item from the folder structure the StuffIt
Contextual menu will extract it from the archive.
When you control click a StuffIt or StuffIt X archive the following menu
item appears:
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Add Return Receipt: This adds a Return Receipt request to the
selected archive using the settings specified in the Menu Preferences dialog.
When you control click a StuffIt or StuffIt X archive that already contains a
Return Receipt request, the following menu item is displayed:
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Remove Return Receipt: This menu items deletes the Return
Receipt from the selected archive.
When you control click a self-extracting archive the following item
appears:
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Browsing
Archives using
StuffIt CM
The StuffIt Contextual menu also allows you to browse the contents of an
archive directly in the Finder. Browsing an archive allows you to view its
contents, and extract files or folders without having to expand the entire
archive.
To browse an archive using StuffIt CM hold down the Control (CTRL) key
on your keyboard and click the archive you wish to see inside. Beneath the
StuffIt contextual menu, you will see a new menu item named for the
archive you have selected. This new menu item will display a hierarchical
menu that displays the contents of the archive.
Magic Menu in
Mac OS X
The Magic Menu is a companion to the StuffIt Contextual menu. It allows
you to access StuffIt CM functions from the Finder’s Menu bar. Magic
Menu works in the same way as the StuffIt Contextual menu, and exactly
the same range of functions are available.
Magic Menu is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2, but there are a couple of
extra steps necessary to install it. After you have run the main StuffIt
Deluxe installer, logout of your user account and log back in again. After
you have logged back in, open the StuffIt Deluxe install folder and double
click the Magic Menu item. This will cause the Magic Menu to be loaded
on your menu bar. By default, Magic Menu will now load whenever you
log onto your computer.
Tip: To unload Magic Menu, hold down the Command key on your
computer, and drag the Magic Menu item from your menu bar to
the desktop. This will cause it to be unloaded. By default, once you
have unloaded Magic Menu it will not load again when you log
onto your computer. To reload Magic Menu, simply double click the
Magic Menu item in your StuffIt Deluxe install folder.
Magic Menu is also compatible with Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2. It is included as
part of the True Finder Integration package. For information about using
TFI on Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 see “Chapter 14: TFI™ and Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x”
on page 83 in chapter 14
StuffIt Hotkeys
When Magic Menu is loaded, you can also access StuffIt functions in the
Finder using Command key short cuts. Use Command+S to compress files
and folder that have been selected in the Finder, and use Command+U to
unstuff archives, compressed, and encoded files that have been selected in
the Finder.
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Menu
Preferences
The Menu Preferences dialog is used to set the behavior of both the StuffIt
Contextual Menu and Magic Menu. To open the Menu Preferences dialog,
choose Preferences from the menu.
Expansion Prefs
The Expansion Prefs determine how the StuffIt Contextual menu will
handle expanding archives and encoded files.
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Expand Archives and Compressed Files: When this preference is enabled, StuffIt Contextual Menu will expand archives
and encoded files.
Delete [archives and encoded files] after expanding: This
preference is active only when Expand Archives and Encoded
files is enabled. When it is enabled, the archives and compressed files you expand will be deleted once the files they contain are successfully extracted.
Expand Encoded Files: Use this preference to determine
whether or not StuffIt Contextual Menu should attempt to
expand encoded file.
Delete [encoded file] after expanding: This preference determines whether or not encoded files should be deleted after they
have been expanded.
Continue to expand (if possible): This preference, when
enabled, causes StuffIt Contextual Menu to scan the file that
results from expanding an archive, compressed, or encoded file
to see if it can be further expanded. For example, when this
preference is enabled, and StuffIt Contextual Menu encounters
a BinHex encoded StuffIt archive, it will start to expand the
archive as soon as it has decoded BinHex layer.
Ignore Return Receipt messages: Causes StuffIt Contextual
Menu to ignore Return Receipt messages in StuffIt archives.
See “How Do I Add a Return Receipt request to an Archive?”
on page 23 in chapter 4 for more information on how to add a
Return Receipt message to an archive.
Scan for Viruses: StuffIt Contextual Menu allows you to automatically scan files that are extracted from archives and
encoded files for viruses with your virus protection software.
StuffIt Contextual Menu supports Virex, Norton Anti-Virus,
and Virus Barrier.
Compression Preferences determine how the StuffIt Contextual menu
behaves when compressing files.
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Compression Level: The Compression Level setting determines how the StuffIt Contextual menu will handle the trade-off
between size and speed when compressing files. Choose Faster
for faster compression and decompression times, choose Max
for better compression.
Delete Originals After Stuffing: The original files that were
compressed into the archive will be deleted from your hard
drive when the archive is created.
Stuff each Item as an individual archive: When this option is
set, when select multiple items with the StuffIt Contextual
Menu, each item will be compressed as an archive. The items
will not be combined into a single archive file as they are compressed.
Encrypt Archives with a Password: When this option is
checked, the archives you create will be encrypted with a
password. You will be prompted to provide a password before
the compression begins.
Note: When you create an archive with encryption, be sure to make
a careful note of your password. Aladdin cannot recover files from
encrypted archives if you have lost your password. Note that passwords are also case sensitive.
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StuffIt Prefs
The StuffIt Preferences determine how the StuffIt Contextual menu will
create StuffIt Archives
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MacBinary Prefs
Ignore Finder Desktop Files: When this option is set, StuffIt
Contextual Menu will not add Finder files (such as Desktop
Database files or .DStore) to an archive.
StuffIt Archive Format: Choose whether the StuffIt Contextual menu will create StuffIt or StuffIt X archives.
Stuff and Mail Using: Choose the email program that will be
used when you Stuff and Mail.
Add Redundancy: Use this setting to choose whether StuffIt X
archives are created with Error Correction. This option is not
available when the StuffIt Archive Format is set to StuffIt X.
Macintosh Resource forks are not supported by Zip, Tar, and Lha archives.
In order to preserve Macintosh Resource fork information it is necessary to
MacBinary encode these files before they are added to an archive.
Tip: Just StuffIt! (Use StuffIt archives, that is.)
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The MacBinary Preferences determines how this MacBinary Encoding is
preformed.
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Never: Files will never be MacBinary encoded before they are
added to a Zip, Tar, or Lha archive. Macintosh file information
will be lost.
Smart: By default, the MacBinary preference is set to Smart.
This means that files that contain extended information (such as
resource forks) will be encoded before they are archived, files
that do not contain extended information will not be encoded
before they are added to the archive.
Always: This option will cause all files added to Zip, Tar, and
Lha archives to first be MacBinary encoded, regardless of
whether they contain extended file information.
The Segment Preferences are used to specify the size of the segments that
StuffIt Context menu will create, and also to specify the location where
the segments will be created.
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Segment Size: The Segment Size toggle menu can be used to
select one of the available pre-defined segment size choices.
These pre-set options are designed to cover a range of popular
backup media such as Zip disks, and CD ROMS.
Tip: You can set your own segment size by choosing “Other...” from
the toggle menu. In the dialog provide enter (in Kb) the size of the
segment you want DropSegment to create.
Disk Images
Disk Image preferences determines how StuffIt Contextual Menu will
handle disk image files.
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Mount Disk Images: When this preference is enabled, StuffIt
Contextual Menu will attempt to mount disk image files.
Note: StuffIt Contextual Menu is not able to mount .dmg disk image
files created by Disk Copy under OS X. These disk images must be
mounted with the Disk Copy application.
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Keep Mounted Images in RAM: When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Contextual Menu will keep the mounted disk
image in RAM if there is enough free memory available. A disk
image mounted in RAM has the same properties as a RAM
Disk created under classic versions of the Mac OS.
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Mount images unlocked by default: When this preference is
enabled, StuffIt Contextual Menu will attempt to mount disk
images as unlocked (read/right) volumes.
Note: Images that include compression can only be mounted as
locked volumes.
Destination Prefs
The Destination preferences allows you to specify where StuffIt Contextual
menu should create files. Use this dialog to...:
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Specify where newly created archives should be saved.
Specify where newly created segments should be saved.
The available choices are the same in all three cases.
You can choose the location where files are extracted. The following
options are available:
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Same as Original: When this option is selected files will be
created in the same folder as a) the archive they were expanded
from b) the original files that were compressed or encoded c)
the original file that was segmented.
Ask: When this option is selected, StuffIt Contextual Menu will
prompt you to specify a location in which files should be created.
Use...: Use this option to specify a location to be used every
time StuffIt Contextual Menu saves a file.
You can also specify whether or not StuffIt Contextual Menu should place
expanded files into a new folder.
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Return Receipt
Prefs
When the archive contains multiple items: When this option
is selected, StuffIt Contextual Menu will create a surrounding
folder whenever the archive contains multiple items at the root
level. The name of the archive will be used for the newly created folder.
Never: StuffIt Contextual Menu will never create a surrounding
folder.
Always: StuffIt Contextual Menu will always create a surrounding folder.
StuffIt Deluxe allows you to add Return Receipt requests to your StuffIt
and StuffIt X archives. A Return Receipt request is used to ask the person
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receiving your file to let you know that they were able to expand the
contents successfully. A Return Receipt Request includes your name, email
address, and a message to your recipient.
The StuffIt Menu Preferences dialog allows you to pre-configure a Return
Receipt request so that it can quickly be added to an archive. In the fields
provided enter your Name, Email Address, and a message to be displayed
to the user when they open the archive.
Menu Items Prefs
Allows each of the items in the StuffIt Contextual menu to be turned on and
off.
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Chapter 14: TFI™ and Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x
Overview
If you are running StuffIt Deluxe in Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2 StuffIt Deluxe
features are available via True Finder Integration. True Finder Integration
(or TFI) in StuffIt Deluxe 7.0 includes Archive Via Rename and Magic
Menu. StuffIt Browse is no longer included. If you have StuffIt Browser
installed as part of a previous StuffIt Deluxe installation it will continue to
allow you to browse StuffIt archives in the Finder, although we would
recommend that you remove StuffIt Browser and use the StuffIt Deluxe
application to browse the contents of your archives. Older versions of
StuffIt Browser will not allow you to browse Zip (.zip) and StuffIt X (.sitx)
archives.
StuffIt Helper
The biggest change that you will notice with TFI is that the actual
compression of files is performed by a new background application called
StuffIt Helper. StuffIt Helper is an application program that launches every
time you start up your computer with TFI turned on. Because StuffIt
Helper is a necessary part of TFI, you will need to leave it running if you
want to continue using TFI. If you quit the StuffIt Helper application, you
will have to relaunch it again in order for the TFI functions to work. StuffIt
Helper can be found in the following location: System Folder: Application
Support: Aladdin: StuffIt: StuffIt Helper
In general, StuffIt Helper is a “good thing”. Because compression tasks are
no longer performed as part of the Finder, the Finder is no longer locked up
while the compression task is completed. This allows you to do other tasks
while compressing files with TFI.
Archive Via
Rename
The Archive Via Rename™ feature of TFI allows you to compress files and
folders by changing their name in the finder. For example, Archive Via
Rename allows you to compress a folder simply by adding “.sit’ to its
name. In the same way, you can decompress archives by removing the
“.sit”, “.sitx” or other compression extension from their names.
Warning: Unlike other compression methods, converting an item to
an archive by adding “.sit,“.sea,” “.zip,” etc. does not leave the
original item intact on your hard disk. The original item is converted into the StuffIt archive, which contains the original item. A
system crash or other interruption during compression or decompression could damage the file(s). Be sure you have a backup copy
of your important files.
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Magic Menu
Magic Menu allows you to compress files and folders in the Finder using a
special menu in the Finder’s menu bar. This drop down menu provides you
with many file compression and encoding choices. See “Chapter 13: StuffIt
“CM” and Magic Menu™” on page 74 in chapter 13 for more information.
Configuring TFI
You can change the way in which True Finder Integration is loaded by
working with the True Finder Integration control panel.
You can turn TFI on and off by clicking
the On/Off radio button in the Main TFI
window. Click the Configure button to
choose which TFI components will be
loaded. You can choose to turn Magic
Menu and Archive Via Rename on and
off using the resulting dialog.
Tip: StuffIt Helper will be loaded when ever Magic Menu is turned
on the Magic Menu control panel. To disable the StuffIt Helper
application, turn Magic Menu off in the Magic Menu control panel.
StuffIt Context
Menu
For more information about using the StuffIt Context menu in Mac OS
Classic, See “Chapter 13: StuffIt “CM” and Magic Menu™” on page 74.
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Chapter 15: Microsoft Word Integration
Overview
This version of StuffIt Deluxe includes an Add-In for Microsoft Word.
Word versions 2001 and X are supported. The StuffIt Add-In allows you to
compress your word documents directly into StuffIt archives, allows you to
stuff and E-mail directly from within the Word application, and allows you
to open Word files directly from within StuffIt archives.
Installing the
StuffIt Add-In
To install the StuffIt Add-In for word follow these steps;
For Word 2001:
1. Open the “Office Add-Ins” folder in your StuffIt Deluxe install Folder.
2. Drag the file “StuffIt Word 2001 Add-In” to the “Office:Startup:Word”
folder inside your Microsoft Office 2001 install folder.
3. The next time you launch Word, new StuffIt commands should be
available in your File menu.
For Word X:
1. Open the “Office Add-Ins” folder inside your StuffIt Deluxe install
folder.
2. Drag the file “StuffIt Word X Add-In” to the “Office\Startup\Word”
folder in your Microsoft Office X folder.
3. The next time you launch Word, the new StuffIt commands should be
available in your File menu.
Using the StuffIt
Word Add-In
When the StuffIt Add-In is loaded, four new options will be available in the
Word File menu;
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currently open Word document into a StuffIt archive. If the
document contains unsaved changes, you will first be prompted
to save those changes.
Stuff and Mail: The currently open Word document is
compressed into a StuffIt archive. That archive is then attached
to a new mail message created using your default E-mail
program.
Open Archived Document: This command allows you to open
a document from a StuffIt archive directly into the Word
application.
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Note: This command assumes that the archive you are opening
contains only a single Word document. If the archive contains
multiple documents, the first Word document that is encountered
will be loaded.
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Changing Preferences
StuffIt Preferences: Opens the StuffIt Menu preferences
application, from which you can change settings for the Word
Add-In.
The StuffIt Add-In for Microsoft Word shares a common settings file with
Magic Menu and the StuffIt Contextual Menu. Settings made in the Menu
Preferences application will also effect the StuffIt Word Add-In. See “” on
page 77 for details.
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Chapter 16: Command Line Tools
Overview
StuffIt Deluxe includes command line tools designed to be run from the
Terminal in Mac OS X. This chapter is designed to provide an overview of
the tools, their installation and use, but inevitably, you will need to have at
least a rudimentary understanding of Unix command line applications to
find them useful.
Installing StuffIt
Command Line
Tools
The Command Line tools are not installed by default when you run the
StuffIt Deluxe installer. You must install them yourself using the Terminal.
You can find the applications, along with installation notes, and a install
script, in the Command Line Tools folder in the StuffIt Deluxe application
folder.
To install StuffIt Command Line Tools:
1. Open a Terminal window.
2. Navigate to the Command Line Tools folder in the StuffIt Deluxe
folder.
Tip: You can do this quickly by typing cd and dragging the Command Line Tools folder into the Terminal window.
3. Type: sudo ./installclt
4. Enter your administrator password when prompted to do so.
Note: You may see errors stating that some items don’t exist. This is
OK.
5. After the installation is complete, type: rehash.
For an full overview of the commands available, open a Terminal Window
and type: stuff or unstuff.
Creating StuffIt X
archives via the
Command Line
The potential of the StuffIt X file format is revealed most fully by the StuffIt Command Line tools for OS X that are included with this package. The
options that are made available in DropStuff and the other StuffIt Deluxe
GUI applications are designed to provide the best options for general
usage, but StuffIt compression can be further optimized for a wide variety
of different tasks.
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When you create a StuffIt X archive on the command line there are several
options that can be passed to the compressor.
Compression
Method
Compression method allows you to select different compressors for use
when adding files to a StuffIt X archive with compression. Method is
passed to the compressor as a value between 0 and 6.
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Method 1: Method 1 provides compression that is optimized
for speed of compression and decompression. It works by
replacing a series of bytes with a reference to a previous
occurrence of the same series of bytes. Method 1 is used when
the compression level is set to fast in Menu Preferences,
DropStuff, or StuffIt Deluxe.
Method 2: Method 2 is optimized for the compression of binary
files (such as applications) and also for fast decompression.
Method 2 works in the same way as Method 1, except that it has
a more exact way of representing the offsets and lengths, which
makes it compress a little more, but at the cost of slower
compression and decompression. Typically Method 2 will
provide you with the best results when you’re compressing
applications.
Method 3: Method 3 provides the best trade off between
compression/decompression speed and archive file size and
works well on a variety of different file types. This compression
method does a reversible sort on the data, which places like data
closer together which makes it more compressible. Method 3 is
used when the compression level is set to Medium in Menu
Preferences, DropStuff, or StuffIt Deluxe.
Method 4: Method 4 provides compression that is primarily
optimized for text. This compression method works by
“predicting” what the next byte will be based on previous data.
For example, if it is predicting the byte following “t” and “h”, it
will give high probabilities to “e”, and “a”.
Method 5: This compression method uses a combination of
Method 3 and method 4 to achieve better results. If the file
being compressed is a mostly text file, it uses method 4,
otherwise it uses method 3.
Method 6: This method breaks the file being compressed into
bite size pieces and compresses each piece with methods 2
through 4. Whichever method produces the smallest output is
used for that chunk of data. This makes it very slow but it
generally produces the smallest possible files. Method 6 is used
when the compression level is set to Optimal in DropStuff.
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Usage: Use the “-m” parameter to specify the compression method
when creating StuffIt X archives via the Command Line. Where no
method is specified, method 3 will be used.
stuff -f sitx -m 5 myfile.txt
This argument will compress the file “myfile.txt” using method 5.
Levels and
Extents
Levels generally set “how hard” each method tries to compress.
In the matching algorithms (method 1 & 2), levels 1-9 generally correspond to Gzip's compression levels. The higher the number the harder it
tries to find a match (more compression, but slower). Levels above 9 use a
different, more exhaustive search for previous matches, which gets extra
compression, but at the expense of speed. In the “prediction” algorithm, the
level corresponds to how many previous bytes to use when making the prediction.
Note: Not all the compression methods used by StuffIt X support
setting compression levels. You cannot specify compression levels
for methods 3 or 5.
Usage: To specify level at the command line:
stuff -f sitx -m 4 l- 16
Extents generally set how much data is processed at a time.
Extents has a direct relationship to how much memory is used. In methods
1 & 2, the extent sets how far back to look for a match. In method 4, extent
sets how much memory to use for storing the prediction information.
Usage: To specify extents at the command line:
stuff -f sitx -m 4 -x 25
The -x parameter is being used to specify a custom extent, and the
value is being used to specify its size.
Text Encoding
StuffIt X archives can also be converted to ASCII text format. Three text
encoding methods are available, Base64 (-L 1), Base 88 (-L 2) and Base
222 (-L 3). The levels of available text encoding determine how much of
the full ACSII character set will be used to encode the data.The more characters used, the less size overhead will be imposed as a result of translating
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the binary data of the archive into text characters. When sending archives
via E-mail, it is best to use Base64. This uses the fewest characters, but as a
result is the most compatible. Base 222 is a good choice if files are being
posted to a news group.
Usage: To specify StuffIt X text encoding at the command line:
stuff -f sitx -L 1 myfile.txt
In this example the “-L” parameter is being used to specify that the
archive should be text encoded, and the value of 1 is being used to indicate the type of text encoding that should be used.
Error Correction
StuffIt X archives can be created with Error Correction. Adding error correction code to an archive will increase its size, but its availability allows
the engine to reconstruct data damaged as the result of bad media or transfer errors during the decode phase. You can vary the amount of error correction code applied to an archive during the encode phase, the error
correction level can be set between 1 - 64.
Encryption
StuffIt X archives can be created with encryption. There are 4 compression
methods supported:
1=RC4 - Supports up to 512bit key lengths.
2=DES - Supports tp to 64bit key lengths
3=BlowFish - Supports up to 448bit key lengths
4=AES - Supports up to 256bit key lengths
Specify the encryption method on the command line using the -e parameter. Each method supports variable key lengths. Specify key lengths using
the -k parameter.
Usage: Specify encryption on the command line as follows:t
stuff -f sitx -m 3 -e 1 -k 512 -p testop000**7&65 myfile.txt
The following command will create a method 3 .sitx archive that is
encrypted with RC4 Encryption using a 512bit key length. A password
is also specified.
Other Formats
The StuffIt Command Line tools can be used to create archives in a variety
of formats. You can use the “stuff --formats” command to generate a list of
all the formats that are supported.
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Chapter 17: StuffIt Reference
Overview
The StuffIt Reference chapter is intended to provide more detailed information about compression and archiving topics not directly connected to
the operation of any of the StuffIt Deluxe applications.
Supported
Archive Formats
The StuffIt Deluxe application is able to create archives in the following
formats:
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StuffIt X (.sitx)
Zip (.zip)
Tar (.tar)
Lha (.lzh)
Note: StuffIt Deluxe is able to expand and create encrypted Zip
archives, but does not currently support segmented or spanned Zip
archives.
StuffIt Deluxe able to expand, but not create, these additional archive file
formats:
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StuffIt Deluxe is able to compress using the following “single file only”
formats
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Arj (.arj)
Arc (.arc)
Rar (.rar)
Compact Pro (.cpt)
StuffIt 3.x archives (.sit)
StuffIt 1.5.1 archives (.sit)
Private File (.pf)
Gzip (.gzip)
Bzip (.bzip)
Unix Compress (.Z)
StuffIt Deluxe is able to encode files using the following encoding methods:
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MacBinary (.bin)
UUEncode (.uu)
BinHex (.hqx)
AppleSingle (.as)
StuffIt Deluxe is able to expand, but not create, the following encoding formats:
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File Compression
Explained!
MIME/Base 64 (.mm, .mme, .b64)
Compression works by eliminating or minimizing redundancy in a file,
making your files smaller without losing any information. Every character
on your computer, every letter, digit and punctuation mark, is actually
made up of several characters that make up computer code. A simple
example of compression is: If you have a set of characters "AAAADDDDDDD" representing a letter, one type of compression software can
rewrite this as "4A7D", saving seven spaces and making that line 64%
smaller. Compression software uses algorithms to do this.
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Chapter 18: Automating StuffIt Deluxe
Automating StuffIt Deluxe
StuffIt’s internal scripting language has been an integral part of the product
for the last few releases. We have phased out the internal scripting language of StuffIt Deluxe. If you want to create new scripts, you must use
AppleScript.
Support for AppleScript comes in two forms: script-ability and attachability. Script-ability in this case means that ALL StuffIt Deluxe user actions—
from creating a new archive, setting Preferences, to Stuffing and UnStuffing to translation—can be automated via a script. Attachability allows you
to “attach” those scripts that you use frequently to the Scripts menu in StuffIt so that they are just a click away (or available via a command-key
equivalent).
Note: This release provides an updated version of the StuffIt Deluxe
AppleScript library. Please refer to the StuffIt Deluxe Scripting Dictionary available within the Script Editor for details on all AppleScript changes.
The first thing you need to know is that StuffIt supports a concept called
the Apple Event Object Model (AEOM) which gives applications a common vocabulary for similar tasks. For example, in any AEOM-based application (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Quark XPress, and others) you can get the
name of the front-most open window by writing “get the name of
window 1”.
A common vocabulary is possible by establishing a standard set (or suite)
of events which the application should support (such as get, set, make and
count), as well as some standard objects that can be manipulated (such as
windows, documents and applications). The AEOM also creates a concept
of “property.” Any given object has properties, which can be read, set, or
both. In the example above, a window has a name property that was read.
To change the name of the window, you would write “set the name
of window 1 to MyWindow”. For a listing of the StuffIt Suite, open
the StuffIt Deluxe dictionary from the AppleScript Script Editor. Refer to
the Applications AppleScript Dictionary for a complete reference.
StuffIt not only offers support for the Standard Suite of events and objects,
but also offers its own events and objects that describe functionality specific to StuffIt. New objects include archives, files and folders; new events
include Stuff, UnStuff and translate. All drop boxes have the required Quit,
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Print, Open Document and Open Application events. Expander also supports the Expand event.
Recording and
Editing a Script
You can record a script using the Script Editor that ships with AppleScript.
For details on using the Script Editor, see the AppleScript documentation
that came with your Macintosh.
If you want to edit a script you’ve created, you can use the Script Editor
that ships with AppleScript.
1.If you are in the Finder, double-click the script you want to edit.
Tip: If you are in StuffIt Deluxe, press and hold the Option key as
you select the script from the Scripts menu. The script is automatically opened in the Script Editor, ready for you to edit.
Script Editor opens with your script displayed: Edit the script and
then save it.
2.Edit the script and then save it.
Other StuffIt
Tools and Scripting
Several of the tools included in the StuffIt Deluxe package support scripting. These include:
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DropSegment
DropStuff
DropTar
StuffIt Expander
Secure Delete
Drop Converter
DropZip
Scripters can control DropZip from other applications. For example, with
HyperCard use the open <document> using “DropZip” command.
With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocument(‘DZip’, document), or with AppleScript you could tell application
DropZip" to open {alias document}.
DropSegment
Scripters can control DropSegment from other applications. For example,
with HyperCard use the open <document> using “DropSegment” command. With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocu-
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ment(‘DSeg’, document), or with AppleScript you could tell
application “DropSegment" to open {alias document}.
DropStuff
Scripters can control DropStuff from other applications. For example, with
HyperCard use the open <document> using “DropStuff” command. With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocument(‘DStf’,
document), or with AppleScript you could tell application
"DropStuff" to open {alias document}.
StuffIt Expander
Scripters can control StuffIt Expander from other applications. For example, with HyperCard use the open <document> using “StuffIt
Expander” command. With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocument(‘SITx’, document), or with AppleScript you could tell
application "StuffIt Expander" to open {alias document}.
Users of AppleScript and Frontier can get more sophisticated control over
StuffIt Expander via the “Expand” event. Use the AppleScript Script Editor’s “Open Dictionary” command to view the information on the Expand
event.
Secure Delete
Scripters can control Secure Delete from other applications. For example,
with HyperCard use the open <document> using “Secure
Delete” command. With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocument(‘DTSD’, document), or with AppleScript you could tell
application “Secure Delete" to open {alias document}.
DropConvert
Scripters can control DropConverter from other applications. For example,
with HyperCard use the open <document> using “DropConverter” command. With Frontier, use a required.OpenDocument(‘DCnv’, document), or with AppleScript you could tell
application "DropConverter" to open {alias document}.
Apple Events
Apple Events are messages sent from one application to another. They’re
sent to request a service (“Please perform this task”), to respond to a
request (“I’ve done what you asked; here’s the result”) or to send news
(“Here’s something you might want to know”). Apple Events can also contain data, and therefore they are also used to move data from one application to another.
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StuffIt Deluxe supports a large number of Apple Events, which give you
the ability to control and automate many of the capabilities of the product.
The most common usage of this is via scripting systems such as AppleScript or UserLand Frontier, though some specific application, such as a
communications software package, may also call upon StuffIt to perform
some tasks for it.
In order to facilitate your use of StuffIt with scripting systems, StuffIt
Deluxe includes an ‘aete’ resource which details the full complement of
Apple Events supported.
In addition to being controlled by Apple Events, StuffIt Deluxe can send
Apple events to other programs. For example, StuffIt Deluxe can tell the
Finder to open and launch files when you use the Launch command. StuffIt
Deluxe uses Apple Events in conjunction with anti-viral software to scan
your newly UnStuffed files for possible infection.
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Chapter 19: Q & A
Questions and
Answers
Q: What is the easiest way for me to expand and Stuff (or decompress and
compress) files?
A: Use the StuffIt Expander icon to expand archives and use the DropStuff
icon to Stuff files. You will find both icons on your desktop. Drag and drop
the files onto the appropriate icon and the resulting file or folder will
appear in the same folder as the original item.
Q: What happened to the StuffIt Browser?
A: The StuffIt Browser has become less and less viable over the years as
the Mac OS has been updated. Your new version of StuffIt Deluxe does not
include the StuffIt Browser. If you owned version 6.x of StuffIt Deluxe and
had StuffIt Browser installed on your Macintosh (OS 8.6 through 9.x
ONLY) when you installed your new copy of StuffIt Deluxe, we have left
your old StuffIt Browser in place and it will operate to whatever extent the
OS will allow. (The StuffIt Browser will not function at all on any version
of OS X.) The StuffIt Deluxe application is, by far, the best and most
versatile way of browsing archives.
To bypass the StuffIt Browser on a per-archive basis, hold down the
Command + Control keys while double-clicking a StuffIt archive (.sit file).
You can also disable the StuffIt Browser entirely by turning it off in your
True Finder Integration control panel and restarting your machine. We
highly recommend using the StuffIt Deluxe application for browsing, and
especially for manipulating (making any changes to the contents of)
archives. The manipulation of StuffIt archives (.sit) in the StuffIt Browser
is not as stable and robust as that available in the StuffIt Deluxe
application. The manipulation of .zip archives is only available in StuffIt
Deluxe.
Q: How do I know that I am using the latest version of StuffIt Deluxe?
A: StuffIt Deluxe now uses automatic version tracking. If you are
connected to the Internet, and have this feature turned on (which is the
default setting in Preferences), at the time you open StuffIt you will be
prompted when a new version is available. You may choose to download a
new version now, later, or not at all. Aladdin is always tracking our users’
experience to identify any issues that may arise due to new versions of the
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Operating System and other variables. Such issues are addressed in a
timely fashion, so it is not uncommon for there to be an occasional free
update posted to our web site. In addition, our Technical Support crew
maintains a very useful table containing all the latest recommended version
numbers for all Aladdin products. Every version number displayed is a link
to the update download for that product. The table will also tell you the
minimum System you need to use that version of the product. To view the
table for Mac products, go to: http://www.aladdinsys.com/support/tech
support/mac/index.html To view the table for Windows products go to:
http://www.aladdinsys.com/support/tech support/win/index.html Always
be sure you have the latest update before deciding there is a problem with
your software. Your solution will very likely be just a download away.
Q: How can I stay informed of new developments with regard to the use of
my product?
A: Aladdin maintains a number of E-mail lists you can join which are
tailored to your specific interests. By going to: http://www.aladdinsys.com/
company/maillist.html you can choose to stay informed about the products
that interest you and/or Aladdin press releases. You join only the lists that
interest you, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Q: May I give my co-workers a copy of this software?
A: No. This package is a commercial product and each copy can only run
on a single computer. It is priced inexpensively enough so that anyone can
afford a copy for their Macintosh. Aladdin Systems offers volume
discounts and site licenses that are very reasonable for business users. Email us at [email protected] for details. You may give StuffIt
Expander (for Macintosh and Windows) to your co-workers and friends so
they can access StuffIt archives you send to them. This is the only part of
the package you can freely distribute as long as it is not for commercial use
or profit. To give people StuffIt Expander for Macintosh, give them the
StuffIt Standard installer included on your CD or download it from http://
www.stuffit.com/expander/download.html To give people StuffIt Expander
for Windows give then the StuffIt Standard Edition installer included on
your CD or download it from http://www.stuffit.com/expander/
winindex.html
Q: I want to distribute my software product in a compressed, self extracting
form to save on disk costs. Can I do this with my product?
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A: Aladdin Systems licenses various types of self-extracting archives and
installers. While a self-extracting archive is the simplest form of an
installer, we have installation technologies that can automate a multiple
disk installation process and more. Contact Aladdin Systems for more
information at 831/761-6200 or E-mail us at [email protected]
Q: I have some files that need to be expanded. How do I use StuffIt
Expander to expand them?
A: The best way to use Expander is to simply drag and drop the file onto
the Expander icon. If the file is not damaged and is in a format StuffIt
Expander supports, an expanded copy of the file will appear in the same
place as the original. If the file is expandable that means it was compressed
and/or encoded when you received it; it is as if the file were stored in a
container. What Expander did was to take it out of the container. Once it is
out of the container Expander’s job is done. Expander has no idea what to
do with the piece(s) inside. Expander may be able to help you figure out
what application program you might need to open the file. Dragging and
dropping a file onto StuffIt Expander that is NOT compressed or encoded
can sometimes result in the appearance of a dialog that may offer some
valuable information. You should give that a try. If the file is not an
application program itself, you will need to have a copy of the application
that created that file or another application that can open or use that kind of
file. You may need to have information from the makers of the file to know
how to use it. If you do not have the appropriate application you will need
to obtain it by searching the web or a local software store. You can try
simply double clicking the expanded file. If that doesn’t open it you can
experiment with applications you already have by DRAGGING AND
DROPPING the file onto the icon for a given application. The application
will then do its best to TRY to open that file. If it is supposed to be a
picture, for instance, dragging and dropping the file on your Web browser’s
application icon (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.) could be appropriate. If
it is supposed to be a word processing document you might try dropping it
on your word processor’s application icon (Microsoft Word, AppleWorks,
etc.).
Q: When I download a file from the Internet StuffIt Expander sometimes
fails to expand it. Either StuffIt Expander launches, then immediately quits
as if nothing happened, or I get an error similar to one of the following:
“Error -39 Unexpected End of File...”, “This is not a complete file...”,
“This file is not in the right format...”
A: The file is damaged, incomplete, or not in a format StuffIt Expander can
expand. When downloading a file from the Internet, it is quite common that
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the download does not complete successfully. There are many reasons for
such a failure. It can be anything from static on a telephone line to
intermittent problems on the Internet during the download. It only takes a
fraction of a second to damage the whole download.
The best solution is to download the file again perhaps choosing a different
time of day or, if available, a different download site or “mirror site”.
Problems on the Internet tend to be intermittent and localized to particular
regions of the Net itself.
Make sure that Call Waiting is disabled on the phone line your modem
uses. While the download is in progress do not use the computer for any
other purpose as another application demanding too to big a share of your
processor’s time might result in this sort of damage. If after repeated
attempts at different times and/or from different sources you are still unable
to download the file in question you might suspect phone line noise. To
check for this plug a telephone into your modem line and make a call (if
you can call someone who can put you on hold without hold music this is
perfect!). Wiggle the phone and modem connections checking for noise or
loose wires. If you notice appreciable static on multiple days, consider
contacting your local telephone service provider, they may be aware of
issues in your area or able to test your line. (Tip: Many telephone service
providers seem more responsive to voice troubles than modem troubles so
emphasize these if present.)
If the message says the file is not in the right format this may still mean that
the file is damaged and it is worth trying to download it again. However, it
may also mean that the file was created in one of the less common formats
found on the Internet. Current versions of StuffIt Expander can expand
almost all the standard versions of the many file formats you will find on
the Internet. It is impossible to support every format because new ones are
being made all the time and nonstandard variations of the existing ones are
also used. Sometimes the problem is not that the file is not being expanded
or decoded so your machine can use it, but that once Expanded your
machine can not find a program on it to use the file. There are a great many
graphics files and others that must be packaged or “encoded” in order to be
safely sent via the Internet and while Expander can open the virtual
“package” and deliver the file to your computer you may need a program
capable of reading the resulting file. By looking through the “Helper Apps”
preferences you can see common programs for opening many file types, if
it appears “grayed out” then you don’t have the correct program, but you
now know one of the programs that might help you open it.
Q: After Stuffing my files and folders into an archive, are the originals still
on my disk?
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A: Yes, unless you specifically instructed StuffIt to “Delete originals” or
“Delete item when finished.” For your protection, these options need to be
specifically set by you. If you haven’t set these options, the original items
still reside on your disk. (However, if the archive was created with AVR
(Archive via Rename), the archive is the original.)
Q: Why do I have less space on my disk after using StuffIt to Stuff some
files?
A: You still have the original files on your disk and the archive which
contains compressed copies of those files. To reclaim space on your disk,
you need to delete the original files by putting them in the trash and
emptying it.
Q: I can’t remember the password I used to encrypt some files in an
archive. Can you help me?
A: No. StuffIt uses very secure encryption algorithms. It would be self
defeating to have a method to access the files without the password.
Q: Does StuffIt X only work on Mac OS X?
A: No. StuffIt X is fully compatible with versions of the Mac OS dating
back to Mac OS 8.6, as well as Windows.
Q: What version of StuffIt Expander is required to expand a StuffIt X
archive?
A: StuffIt X archives require at least version 7.0 of StuffIt Expander. If you
need to send an archive to an older Macintosh that isn’t able to run StuffIt
Expander 7.0, you can create a StuffIt (.sit) archive instead of a StuffIt X
archive.
Q: What is the “StuffIt Helper” application, and why does it warn me not to
quit when I try to close it?
A: StuffIt Helper is the component of StuffIt Deluxe that performs the
compression and decompression tasks for True Finder Integration under
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.x. Because StuffIt Helper is required by TFI, it will load
whenever TFI is loaded. If you quit the StuffIt Helper application, you will
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have to relaunch it again in order for the TFI functions to work. StuffIt
Helper can be found in the following location: System Folder: Application
Support: Aladdin: StuffIt: StuffIt Helper See “Chapter 14: TFI™ and Mac
OS 8.6 - 9.x” on page 83.
Q: I’ve read the User’s Guide and I’m still having problems. What do I do?
A: If you cannot find an answer in this User’s Guide, don’t forget to check
for additional information in the Read Me (and, if it exists, the User’s
Guide Addenda) in the StuffIt Deluxe folder on your hard drive.
Technical Support is available by several different methods. We encourage
our customers to take advantage of our Web Based Support. You can get
there 24 hours a day by going to the Help menu in StuffIt Deluxe and
choosing Aladdin Web Technical Support or by going to: http://
www.aladdinsys.com/support The majority of customers with technical
questions have found their issues are resolved fastest with this method. It
offers a fully searchable knowledge-base of solutions. And if you are one
of the few who don’t find their solution there, simply click a link to submit
the description of your problem and one of our Technical Support
Specialists will analyze your issue and reply via E-mail. Technical Support
is also available by Phone, Fax or Mail.
When seeking Technical Support please be sure to have the following
information available prior to contacting Aladdin:
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Write your question down or have a clear understanding of the
problem.
Be with your computer, have it turned on, and be prepared to
duplicate the problem.
Write down the steps you took that caused the problem.
Note any error messages.
Note your computer model, system version, and the amount of
RAM your system has.
Note your StuffIt Deluxe version number.
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Q: How do I contact Aladdin?
A: You can contact Aladdin in the following ways:
Via US Mail:
Aladdin Systems, Inc
245 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
USA
By Telephone:
By Fax:
By Email:
On the Internet:
+1 (831) 761-6200
+1 (831_ 761-6206
[email protected]
http://www.aladdinsys.com
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