Compressing multiple files is one way of freeing your hard drive space. For Mac users, an application called Stuffit is the most highly recommended tool in compressing your files. It reduces almost half of the file's size. Using Stuffit allows Mac users to compress, organize and store data without compromising the quality of the files. With the compressed files, you can easily send a large amount of files through emails without having a hard time attaching the files.
The following are the steps on how to use Stuffit to compress multiple Mac files.
- Purchase Stuffit online. Go to Stuffit website at www.stuffit.com. Find the “download” tab and click on it. You will find a list of StuffIt software that you can download and buy. Make sure to purchase StuffIt Deluxe. Although it costs $75, it will surely be worth it since this software combines DropZip, StuffIt Expander, DropTar and DropStuff into a single program. Make sure you purchase the program that is compatible with a Mac operating system.
- Install Stuffit on your Mac computer. After downloading the program, install it in your Mac computer. Double-click on the program and follow the directions. You will be asked which folder you wish to save the program. You can either use the default location or choose your own. Make sure you install the program properly to avoid program crashes. However, most people who use StuffIt Deluxe have not experienced a program crash.
- Open Stuffit on your Mac. Once the installation is complete, launch the program and proceed to the next step.
- Choose the files you want to combine. You need to choose which files you want to combine into an archive. If you are combining all the files in a folder, simply highlight the files by pressing “Ctrl + A” to select the files. If you are combining several files on a single folder, choose the files by holding the “Shift” button on your keyboard while clicking on the files you wish to compress. After doing so, add the selected files to the StuffIt’s window file list. You can also configure Stuffit to automatically compress your files that you rarely use or to combine several files that you assign. You may also set up the program to combine a file by placing “.sea” or “.sit” to the file’s name. You may even compress several files that are similar to one another into an “archive”.
- Save the compressed files. As soon as you are done selecting the files you wish to combine and the method on how you wish to compress the files, just save the files and the program will do the rest.
These are the steps on how to use Stuffit to compress multiple files in Mac operating system. At some point, you may have to decompress the archive. To do this, simply drop the compressed files into StuffIt Expander’s icon. Then the program will automatically extract the compressed files. If you want to delete the archive after extracting or decompressing it, simply press down the “Ctrl” key while dragging the compressed files over the icon.