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Opening Compressed Files with StuffIt Expander

Because applications tend to be large files, they come in a compressed form that takes up less space and makes downloading them faster and easier. These compressed files are also referred to as archive files because they're compact and easily stored. Compression can be done in several different ways. Mac OS X can compress and uncompress .zip files, which is a common format used on Windows machines, as well as .tar and .gz files, which are Unix standards. (Recall that you can zip a file or folder by using the Archive option of the Action menu in the Finder window, as discussed in Chapter 4.)

When opening some other types of compressed files, such as .sit (StuffIt) files, you may need the assistance of an application such as StuffIt Expander, whose Progress window appears in Figure 9.4.


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