The new version adds support for xar archives, Leopard installer packages, PKWARE compatible AES encrypted zip files, Python eggs, an older rar format, and the old tar format. BetterZip 1.8 can automatically move sucessfully extracted archives to the trash. Another new option lets you choose whether to reveal the extracted files in the Finder or not, once the operation finishes. The update also includes a complete Chinese translation, fixes for bugs and two small memory leaks, and it enhances the compatibility with Windows archivers.
BetterZip 1.8 opens, extracts, and even creates fully WinZip compatible AES-256 encrypted zip archives. Furthermore, BetterZip can extract and create zip files larger than 2 GB as well as archives with these formats: tar, gzip, bzip2, rar, xar, and 7-zip. Even more formats can be viewed and extracted: arj, cpio, lzh/lha, cab, iso, chm, sit, hqx, and bin. BetterZip also opens various zip based Java archives: jar, war, sar, par, ear, and wsr files.
The integrated file browser gives an archive-centric view on the filesystem. No other files are displayed in this drawer.
Pricing and Availability:
BetterZip is a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later. The trial version can be downloaded from MacItBetter and is fully functional for 30 days. A single user license can be purchased for $19.95 (USD), family and business licenses are available.
1) In this area all the folders and files in the archive are displayed in a Finder-like list. To view a file just double-click it, to extract it drag it to the Finder window where you want to put it.
2) The filesystem browser shows your filesystem (hard discs and network places). The big difference to the Finder is that it is filtered to only show folders and archives. All other files are hidden. Double-click an archive to show its contents in the main window.
3) The transcript drawer shows the output of the external helper programs that BetterZip calls.
4) This is the search field. Enter a few letters to filter the archive's contents and only display files and folders containing the entered text; it works like the search field in iTunes.