As much as I loves me some OS X Mavericks, Apple’s vaunted OS from the last century still can’t do a few things that users take for granted in Windows. Here’s one that annoys me the most.
OS X can archive files and folders using the built-in Archive tool. Select files or folders in the Finder, right click, and select Compress from the contextual menu. That zips up the files into a compressed Archive. Double-click and OS X opens the Archive so you can see the files and folders inside.
Why can’t you browse the Archive’s contents and move files in and out without having to run the Archive utility? That works in Windows but not in OS X.
Here’s the trick to make it work. It’s called Zipster, a unique Mac app that lets you browse zipped up archives, even copy and move files in and out of a zipped archive without bothering to open it first.
Zipster does all the unzipping, writing, moving, copying and compressing in the background where you can’t see it. Got Pages or Keynote files in a zipped up Archive? Open Pages or Keynote or whatever Mac app you use, and the Open dialog box lets you automatically open zipped archives– just as if they were folders in the Finder (which they kinda are).
In any Mac app you can open and save files from within a zipped Archive file without having to open the Archive first.
Zipster is fast and seamless. It just works so you don’t have to worry about opening up a zipped Archive of files to get to the files inside. It even removes those .DS_Store files which clutter up Mac OS X Archives that Windows users complain about.
Obviously, Zipster works the way Archives should work, and slightly better than zipped Archives in Windows, so the question is, ‘Why can’t Apple put Zipster into OS X?‘