Pretty Useless Review – CleanArchiver

Creating a zip file on OS X is a snap. Select the file(s), right-click them and click Create Archive of “xxxxxxx”. Bam, you’re done!

Or are you? Send that beautiful zip file into the wild world and sooner or later, it’ll land on a Windows desktop. And what do your lovely Windows brethren see?

What the? What’s up with all the DS_Store thingies? And everything appears twice! Crazy man. Those Windows users will be completely confused.

If you’re sending your zips to anyone other than a Mac user, CleanArchiver is for you. It’s small, it’s smooth, it’s painless. And yes, it’s free.

CleanArchiver is very simple to use (otherwise it wouldn’t be a pretty useless review).

There are several options that you can adjust to make just the archive you want. These include:

All set? Drop your files into the CleanArchiver window, select a destination directory for your archive and all is right in the world. With the Exclude DS_Store files option selected, the unwashed masses see this:

Clean…Go get it.

posted at - 4:15 pm - 4/9/2007

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