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Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility

Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.

 
 

DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Nisus Writer Pro

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When Apple made the huge leap from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, many well-loved applications were left behind, generally because the effort of rewriting extremely old code was simply too great. The last application for which I kept Classic running was Nisus Software's Nisus Writer, in which I had written macros that were a key part of the TidBITS production process. We have an entirely different system now, but it has been great to see Nisus's persistence in bringing back the powerful Nisus Writer Pro with its attribute sensitive searching, macros, glossaries, tables of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, line numbering, multi-lingual text support, character and paragraph styles, non-contiguous selection, and more. We've seen plenty of small word processors in Mac OS X so far, but nothing aside from Word that was aiming at a professional feature set, and it's great to see the choice of serious word processors in the Mac world expanding.

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Nisus Writer Pro 1.0, each worth $79. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Nisus Writer Pro, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters and challenge-response systems, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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